Training Workshop on ELSAROC – May 18-19, 2011


Disaster is defined by the World Health Organization as “any occurrence that causes damage, ecological disruption, loss of human life, deterioration of health and health services, on a scale sufficient to warrant an extraordinary response from outside the affected community or area.” (
With the recurring experience of the country in general and of Metro Manila in particular on various types of disasters, it is necessary to be familiar with basic responses when it strikes. Likewise, The University and its constituents, like the rest of the people in the country, are never spared from calamities, which is almost always unpredictable that being ready and knowledgeable, among others, on basic skills on rescue operations can literally save another person or one’s own life. With the aim of familiarizing its faculty and staff on earthquake and landslide search and rescue operation as part of its staff development program on disaster preparedness, the UP Center for Women’s Studies (UPCWS) and the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP-CSWCD), together with the Metro Manila Development Authority through its Public Safety Division, jointly sponsored the two-day training workshop “Earthquake and Landslide Search and Rescue Orientation Course” (ELSAROC) held on May 18 and 19, 2011, at the CSWCD grounds.

The first day of the seminar workshop was focused on 4 modules related to disasters. The first, handled by Special Operations Officer Antonio Evasco, was “Introduction to Hazards and Disaster Management Concept.” The second and third were “Getting Started with Collapsed Structures Search and Rescue Operations” and “Fundamental Concepts and Techniques of Collapsed Search and Rescue Operations” respectively. Both modules were discussed by Mr. Aldo R. Mayor, MMDA Chief for Public Safety Division. The fourth was “Extricating and Caring of Victims on Collapsed Structures” and was talked about by Mr. Ryan E. Castañeda, Special Operations Officer and Coordinator of the Training Program of MMDA Public Safety Division. Meanwhile, the second day was solely devoted to practical exercises. The participants were divided into four groups and were exposed to four types of rescue operation exercises: “Familiarization of Tools and Equipment Used in Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Operations” with Mr. Mark Ferdinand M. Lucas as facilitator/instructor; “Hailing Techniques” with Mr. Roberto P. Nicolas as facilitator/ instructor; “Lifting and Moving Techniques” with Mr. Antonio C. Evasco as facilitator/ instructor; and last but not least, “Victim Extrication and Stabilization” with Mr. Ryan E. Castañeda as facilitator/ instructor.

The training workshop was started with opening remarks by UP-CSWCD Dean Dr. Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo and a message by the UPCWS Director Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio while Mr. Mayor gave an introduction to the course. The program was ended with closing remarks by UPCWS Deputy Director for Training and Outreach Program Dr. Ma. Theresa Ujano-Batangan. At the closing ceremony, the participants were awarded with the hard earned “Tagapagligtas” hard hat aside from the certificate.

Rooted to Land (2009)

Rooted to Land (2009)

by Aleli B. Bawagan, Ma. Veronica A. Hernando & Melinda T. Awid (Php 150.00)

This is the 1st edition of the CD Research Series which contains three researches on cultural tradition and processes in the context of pro-poor development agenda among the Iraya Mangyans of Mindoro, Aeta Mag-antsi of Central Luzon and Western Subanons of Zamboanga.

Consultation-Workshop on the Global Agenda for SW and SD


The Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. (PASWI)-Quezon City Chapter, the Department of Social Work, UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD), and the National Association for Social Work Education Inc. (NASWEI) organized a Consultation-Workshop on the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development last April 1, 2011, from 1:00- 6:00 pm at the UP CSWCD.

The Consultation-Workshop which was attended not only by social workers but also social work students, were mostly from Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Rizal and Laguna. There were more than 60 participants in this activity. The workshop provided a venue for Social Workers to discuss, agree and make their voices heard on the four themes: Environmental Sustainability, Economic and Social Inequalities within Countries and between Regions, Dignity and Worth of the Person, and the Importance of Human Relationships that have been identified in the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Dr. Jeremias Leones, Chair of the Department of Social Work, UP-College of Social Work and Community Development welcomed the participants for the Consultation-Workshop. Prof. Mary Lou Alcid, NASWEI President gave an overview of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development before the workshops began.

The resources persons and facilitators for the Consultation-Workshop were as follows: 1. “Globalization and Increasing Social and Economic Inequalities in the Philippines” (Economic and Social Inequalities within Countries and between Regions) by Prof. Josefa “Gigi” Francisco of Miriam College with Prof. Mary Lou L. Alcid as facilitator; 2. Dignity and Worth of the Person by Prof. Fermin Manalo Jr. with Prof. Justin Francis Leon V. Nicolas as facilitator; 3. Environmental Sustainability by Ms. Judy A. Pasimio with Prof. Rainier V. Almazan as facilitator; and 4. Importance of Human Relationships by Dr. Liza B. Martinez with Prof. Rosetta G. Palma as facilitator.

Representatives from each workshop presented their output in the plenary. They highlighted the need for continuing education and professionalization of social workers to be able to answer the needs of the times (such as problems in relation to climate change); and, serve effectively and efficiently in the local, regional, national and international levels. They also emphasized that services should be rights-based and gender sensitive. The workshop results will be the Philippines’ input to the Global Agenda.

At the international level, the process is coordinated by the International Federation of Social Workers, the International Association of Schools of Social Work, and the International Council on Social Development. By March 2012, the Global Agenda will be presented to the United Nations, and thereafter to regional organisations such as the ASEAN and the national governments.

Before Ms. Imelda Capili, PASWI-QC President, gave the closing remarks, Prof. Ines Danao of the Asian Social Institute gave a synthesis of the Consultation workshop. Prof. Jocelyn Caragay, PASWI-QC Vice President served as the over-all Facilitator of the Consultation workshop.

MSW Student Returns From Japan Study Tour

Rosalie C. Otero, a Master of Social Work (MSW) student, represented the UP-College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) at the Japan Study Tour organized by Japan College of Social Work (JCSW) on March 5 – 12, 2011. The study tour aims to explore the changing Filipino migration landscape in Japan and establish a network of migrant organizations in relation to multi-cultural social work. The program was organized for the Batis Center for Women (Batis), a non-government organization addressing the needs and concerns of returned distressed Filipino women migrant workers from Japan and other countries; and, graduate students of UP-CSWCD. The visit to Japan was made in order to conduct interviews with members of the Philippine community in Kiyose and various migrant organizations in Tokyo on the theme of “Problems of the Next Generation of Filipino Migrants in Japan.” The tour would culminate with a workshop on the initial presentation of the interview findings and discussion regarding the empowerment of migrant women and children in Japan and the Philippines.

Unfortunately, the culmination workshop was cut short due to the strong earthquake that struck Japan. Strong tremors were felt in the middle of the workshop that was taking place last Friday, 11 March 2011 at the JCSW. As soon as the shaking stopped, all the participants were asked to move out of the building and were advised to go home for safety reasons. Fortunately, everyone was safe even as they experienced several after shocks, thereafter.

Setting aside the horrible encounter of the strong quake, Ms. Otero said that the study tour went well and was fruitful. Together with her colleagues from Batis, they will write a paper on the new generation of Filipino migrants in Japan.

Ms. Otero is also a social worker at Batis.

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