31The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Lamut intensified its advocacy in the involvement of males in the field of maternal and child health, and social development of their families and communities by conducting 7 trainings for fathers last year through the Active Male Movement against Violence and for Ayod organization.
 

AMMA is the Ifugao local version of ERPAT (Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities Training), a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The program gives emphasis on Males’ roles as advocates, models and active partners in eliminating traditional gender roles through trainings, seminars, and workshops.

 

In Lamut, trainings were conducted in barangays Jolowon, Magulon, Pieza, Ambasa, Umilag, Mabato-bato, and Lucban last year. Resource persons for the conducted trainings were from the MSWD Office, Rural Health Unit (RHU), and some AMMA volunteers/advocates. Salient topics discussed in the said trainings include: Understanding Myself as a Person, Accepting Your Role as a Father, Becoming Your Wife’s Beastfriend, AMMA as Reproductive Health Advocate, Father as Advocate in the Prevention of Family Violence, Fathers as Advocates in Promoting a Drug-free Home, and Promoting Family Spirituality. Aside from the comprehensive discussion of these topics, the participants were also given diverse activities aimed to have them have a personal reflections on the topics that were discussed.

 

This year, the MSWD Office is looking forward to expanding the reach of the AMMA program by conducting trainings in all other barangays of Lamut and encourage the participants to be actively involved in ensuring the successful implementation of the social and health programs at the community level. #Joshua T. Tuguinay