Department of Women and Development Studies Faculty

Rosalinda P. Ofreneo, PhD


She is currently a full professor handling courses in the Doctor in Social Development Program and the Department of Women and Development Studies.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics (major in Family Life and Child Development), a Master’s Degree in Communication, and a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies (focusing on Sociology, Psychology, and Literature), all from the University of the Philippines in Diliman.


She has many books to her name, notably Tinig at Kapangyarihan — Mga Kuwentong Buhay ng Kababaihang Manggagawa sa Bahay, her doctoral dissertation published by the U.P. Press.  She has done many published researches on the following topics:  social protection, globalization and women’s work, subcontracting and home-based work, child labor, women workers in the export processing zones, migrant women, rural women, women in the informal economy,  women, debt, and poverty, women and literature, gender and the environment,  gender and micro-finance,  prostitution and development. She has been active in the women’s movement for four decades, and is currently President of Homenet Philippines and Regional Coordinator of Homenet Southeast Asia.


Department of Social Work Faculty



Florence F. Pasos


Position: Assistant Professor 1


Areas of Specialization: project development and management, monitoring and evaluation, leadership and advocacy, organizational development, teambuilding, community organizing, children’s organizing, training, mentoring and capacity building, teaching and supervision, case management, child rights, among others


Professional Affiliations:

President:                    UP College of Social Work and Community Development Alumni Association, 2013-2016

Treasurer:                   UP College of Social Work and Community Development Alumni Association, 2011 to 2013

Board Secretary:        Philippine NGO Coalition for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 2011-2013

Board Treasurer:         Philippine NGO Coalition for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 2013-2015

Member:                     Strengthening Partnership and Access to Direct Services Sub-Groups, National Child Labor Committee, 2010-2016

Board Member:           National Council for Social Development (NCSD), 2002-2004

Volunteer:                    Rotary Club of West Fairview, 2009-present

Member:                     Our Lady of Fatima School Alumni Association, Bucay, Abra

President:                    Bucay League of Professionals, Bucay, Abra



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Department of Social Work Faculty

Roberto I. Nazal


Position: Assistant Professor 2


Rob is currently the Vice-President of BizFTC (Building Inclusive Zones for Farming Communities) Inc., a consulting and project management NGO. Rob is an experienced development professional with more than 28 years of experience gained from local and international development organizations like Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (ISACC), ABS-CBN Foundation, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Oxfam GB. In 2011, Rob joined the private sector as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Globe Telecom Inc. and subsequently, as Vice-President for Community Banking of BPI-Globe Banko, Southeast Asia’s first micro-finance focused, mobile based savings bank. He won several regional and international awards (Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award in 2012 for Use of Mobiles for Active Citizenship and Mondato Summit Asia 2014 for Use of Mobiles for Financial Inclusion and the GSMA 2015 Mobile World Congress for Best Use of Mobiles in Crisis or Emergency Situations) for leadership in integrating mobiles for development projects.


As a former Regional Development Adviser of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Rob delivered training courses for civil society partners in Southeast Asia, Pacific and Central Africa. He helped developed national volunteering programs in VSO country programs in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Thailand-Burma border, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.


Rob completed his degrees at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Masters in Industrial Relations in 1999 and Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 1989. In 1991, Rob placed 4th over-all in the national licensure examinations for Social Work by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC).


Areas of Specialization:

Areas of specialization are mobile financial services, ICT for Development (ICT4D), Corporate Social Responsibility, Volunteering Program Management, Urban Housing and Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Resource Development and Community-Based Mental Health Care.


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Department of Social Work Faculty


Nancy E. Parreno 

Position: Faculty, Department of Social work

Nancy Endrinal Parreño graduated from the University of the Philippines with degrees in creative writing (B.A.) and social work, specializing in community organizing (M.A.). Her work is mainly focused women’s human rights in its various settings: abuse of women in intimate relationships, organizing and political participation, and disasters.


Areas of Specialization 

  • Gender and Development
  • Women’s Human Rights
  • Community Practice in Social Work


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Grand Total:                       27 Units

Prerequisite for non-BSSW graduates (not credited for the DSW/MSW Program Requirements):


Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for graduate programs at least one month before the regular registration period of the first semester/second semester of any school year, the applicant must submit the following:

  • A duly accomplished application form for admission
  • An official transcript of academic records of the highest degree obtained by the applicant (one original and a photocopy)
  • At least two letters of reference from persons who are in the best position by the applicant’s potential for graduate work, and
  • For non-English speaking students, a certificate of English proficiency (TOEFL) with a grade of 500 or above.


Since the last revision of the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Diploma in Social Work (Dip SW) curricula in 1984, there have been various developments which necessitate a review of these graduate programs. The focus on globalization, the widening gap between the rich and the poor sectors of society, and the increase in the number of disadvantaged groups pose challenges to social work practice. At the same time, the devolution of basic social services to local government units stresses the importance of practitioners to be able to influence changes in social policy and develop appropriate interventions with various target groups.

In a series of faculty workshops and consultations with practitioners, the Department of Social Work saw the need to redefine the thrust of the current MSW and DSW curricula. While affirming the goal of preparing graduates for leadership on social development work, it sees the need to develop a critical, proactive stance among practitioners who can work towards meaningful changes at various levels. Consistent with proposes global standards for social work education, the Department seeks to develop among practitioners the commitment towards “human rights, social justice, and caring for, and the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities.”

The goal of the proposed MSW curriculum is to prepare students for leadership in social transformation and human development through policy advocacy and development of innovative practice models. Rather than focusing on areas of specialization, the Department sees the importance of developing among its students the necessary competencies for advocating policy changes and building innovative practice strategies at whatever level or area of practice they may be in, whether micro or macro. This redefined thrust will enable them to hone their knowledge and skills in integrative social work practice which is responsive to changing global and national realities.

Thus, the proposed MSW program will have these basic curricular areas to enable students to have a wholistic perspective of social work practice:

  • Core courses in social work;
  • Social policy advocacy; and,
  • Integrative social work models.

The Diploma in Social Work program, which seeks to respond to the demand for higher level competence in direct practice and supervision among practitioners, will essentially follow the thrust of the MSW program.


Diploma in Social Work

CSWCD conducts Research Forum on Child Labor in Sugarcane


A forum entitled, Kaligtasan, Kabuhayan, Karapatan: Mga Batang Manggagawa sa Tubuhan was held at the Bulwagang Tandang Sora, CSWCD on August 13, 2015. The University of the Philippines Social Action for Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPSARDFI) of the College of Social Work and Community Development, through the Research and Extension for Development Office, sponsored the event. The forum aims to disseminate the research findings from the studies undertaken by the ABK3-UPSARDFI and University of St. La Salle Bacolod; gather feedback from the various stakeholders; and identify recommendations for possible policy and program reforms to improve child labor conditions in sugarcane.


Five studies were presented during the event namely: Baseline Study of ABK3 LEAP Areas; Occupational Safety and Health Hazards Analysis Among Child Workers in Sugarcane Production; Child Labor and Migration Patterns of Sacada Children and their Families in Selected Sugarcane Plantations in the Philippines; Land Reform Implementation in Selected Sugarcane Farms and Its Implications on Child Labor; and, Maximizing Productivity of Block Farms Through Innovative and Sustainable Technologies and Management.


Forum participants came from government agencies, non-government organizations and academe. The studies and forum are part of the overall ABK3 LEAP project whose objective is to reduce child labor in sugarcane areas. (click here for more photos)

Training on Engaging Advocacy Work: An Essential Skill for Social Development Practitioners

advocacyThe UP-CSWCD & REDO in partnership w/ Sikhay Kilos Development Association, Inc. conducted a 4 day training entitled, “Engaging in Advocacy Work: An Essential Skill for Social Development Practitioners” on April 21-24, 2015 at the CSWCD Seminar Room. The training aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) of the participants in program and legislative advocacy particularly at the local level. Professors Ma. Corazon J. Tan, Thelma B. Magcuro, and Matt Wamil served as the resource persons. Professors Lisa Victoria N. Rosel and Ma. Corazon J. Tan also served as training facilitators. Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), Quezon City GAD RCO, and UP Workers’ Alliance also shared their experiences in advocacy work to the twenty (20) participants who attended the training. The participants were from different sectors and they represent the following agencies: Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), Ateneo De Manila University Office for Social Concern and Involvement (ADMU OSCI), University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) Samar, and St. Mark’s Foundation.

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