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To raise general public awareness and support for the legal adoption program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and its partner agency SM Cares are leading the Adoption Consciousness Week celebration on February 10-18, 2018.
With the theme, “Pagmamahal palaganapin, legal na pag-aampon ating gawin (Spread unconditional love through legal adoption),” the celebration reiterates the call to ensure that orphaned, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered children are provided with the secure, permanent and loving homes which they deserve.
This year’s theme focuses on sharing the unconditional love of adoptive parents for their adopted children regardless of their biological differences through testimonies and awareness campaign drives.
To launch the celebration, a “Walk for Adoption” was held at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA), Pasay City on February 10 that was followed by a gathering of adoptive families and adopted children.
SM Cares and DSWD also set up an Adoption Information Desk at selected SM Supermalls nationwide, which provides a venue for prospective adoptive parents to clarify matters on domestic and inter-country adoption.
Social workers from DSWD, Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB), and child caring agencies will man the Adoption Information Desks. ICAB is an attached agency of DSWD created by virtue of RA 8043, Inter-Country Adoption Act, and is the central authority on all matters regarding inter-country adoption of Filipino children.
For Palawan, you may visit them at the lower ground level of SM City Puerto Princesa from February 17 to 18, 2018.
The annual observance of Adoption Consciousness Week every February is mandated by Proclamation No. 72, dated February 3, 1999. However, to enable a longer time to advocate issues on adoption, DSWD MIMAROPA plans for a longer observance of this week-long celebration as they prepared a series of activities scheduled for the whole month of February, which shall continue for the rest of the year 2018 focusing on the theme.