The Department of Social Work, Central Philippine University hosted this year’s celebration of the World Social Work Day on March 19. The activities included forum, regional consultation and CATV program. The forum was held at the 4th floor Conference Room, Henry Luce III Libraries of the University with Miss Evangeline Felecio, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as speaker. A panel discussion followed her presentation with panelists coming from government and non-government organizations. These were Miss Liane Garcia, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Negros, Dir. Febie Ibojos, Country Director of Signpost, International and Bro. Edwin Arana, Creative Community Foundation. The three are students of Master of Science in Social Work of the University. Jenny Delada, senior Social Work student of the Department acted as emcee and moderator of the forum.
After the forum, a consultation meeting of representatives from various social work organizations in the region was conducted at the Department office to strengthen the regional network of social workers in Western Visayas. Among the plans made were the formation of Social Workers’ Organization Regional Network (SWORN) during the celebration of Social Work Week in Western Visayas on June 13-19, 2013Atty. Ma. Dolores Nalumen, retired Regional Director of the Probation and Parole Administration- Western Visayas, represented the national board of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) in the the meeting.
Most of the representatives of social work organizations present are Centralians, namely: Dr. Lee Pineda, president of PASWI-Iloilo; Mrs. Cynthia Besana, president PASWI-Capiz; Mr. Lazaro Petinglay, PASWI-Antique; Miss Liane Garcia-PASWI-Negros; Prof. Kareen Jay Diesto- Lozada, president National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI)-Western Visayas.; and former PASWI-Iloilo president DZ Patriarca-Lariza, professor of University of St. La Salle-Bacolod City. Dr. Pineda and Prof. Lozada are faculty of the Department of Social Work. Mrs. Nina Joy Tanada, another Centralian who is president of the Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers was also present in the forum.
In the evening, Mr. Petinglay was guest of the CATV program of the Department of Social Work to discuss the World Social Work Day and share his 24 years-experiences as social worker. From being a volunteer to becoming a Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Antique, Mr. Petinglay related the highlights of his experience including both the pains and gains in the social work profession which he also claimed as vocation during the CATV show. Dubbed Angtanay sa Katin-aran (People’s Development Network), the show is aired live over Channel 8, CPUTV, Sky Cable. It is hosted by Rev. Edwin Lariza, Department Chairman, Stazy Vencer, president of Junior Social Workers Association, and Michelle Joy Navarro, student practicum.
World Social Work Day is the annual opportunity to advocate a social work perspective in political systems that effect the well being of peoples and to celebrate the social work contribution to societies. Social work has a critical role in the promotion of social and economic equalities and in striving for a people-focused and regulated economy. The theme for the celebration is “ Promoting Social and Economic Equalities.” It is the foremost of the set of objectives to meet joint aspirations for social justice and social development as contained in the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development set by international social work organizations. The other objectives are as follows: Promoting the dignity and worth of peoples; Working toward environmental sustainability; and Strengthening recognition of the importance of human relationships.
The Global Agenda is the product of a three year collaborative initiative undertaken by these organizations representing social work practice, social work education and social development. It was formulated in 2010 when over three thousand Social Work Practitioners, Educators, and Development Workers met in Hong Kong to launch a global movement that addresses the major challenges of our societies. Representing the entire spectrum of Social Work Practice, Social Work Education and Social Development Work , the organizations represented are International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW).
As contained in the IFSW document, social workers, educators and social development practitioners believe that now is our time to work together, at all levels, for change, for social justice, and for the universal implementation of human rights, building on the wealth of social initiatives and social movements. “Social workers recognize that the past and present political, economic, cultural and social orders, shaped in specific contexts, have unequal consequences for global, national and local communities and have negative impacts on people”, the document added.