Pakikiisa sa mga Nasalanta ng Bagyong Sendong

Hinihikayat ang lahat na magbigay ng tulong para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Sendong sa Northern Mindanao. Ang ating pagdamay ay maaaring sa pamamagitan ng pag-volunteer sa repacking ng hygiene kits na pangangasiwaan ng Oxfam (isang International NGO) simula Huwebes, ika- 22 Disyembre 2011 sa CSWCD, Magsaysay Ave, UP Campus, Diliman. May 3 shifts: 6 am – 12 nn, 12nn – 6 pm, 6 pm – 12 mn. Makipag-ugnayan kay Abbi ng Oxfam sa 09175977783 o email at

Holiday Greetings!

F.I.R.S.T. … an inter-unit Pioneering Effort

Three university units, College of Social Work and Community Development, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the University Center for Women’s Studies pooled their resources together and co-sponsored the two-day “Flood Incident Response Safety Training (FIRST) ” from December 12-13, 2011 at the CSWCD Seminar Room.   Around 20 participants from these entities attended the activity.

The sessions on the first day tackled the theoretical portion or basic knowledge about the rescue operation. These were Basic Water Safety and Rescue Techniques, Rubber Boat Handling, and Basic Ropemanship.  The second day was a practicum, an actual rescue operation in the Manila Bay area.

The training caught the attention of the participants since the lectures were interspersed with demonstration by both trainers and trainees.  The actual experience in Manila Bay by those who joined was quite revealing because it made the participants realize that the actual rescue operation is not easy and the responsibility of the rescuer is normous.  Quite important to remember is for the team to have the right attitude.



Forum on Human Rights in the Philippines

In celebration of Human Rights Day, the College of Social Work and Community Development conducted a forum on Human Rights in the Philippines last December 7, 2011. It was held at the Bulwagang Tandang Sora from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon.

Invited speakers were Atty Ricardo Sunga III, Law Reform Specialist of the UP College of Law and Director Ana Elzy Ofreneo of the Human Rights Education and Advocacy of the Commission on Human Rights. Atty Sunga talked on the history and concepts of human rights in the Philippines while Dir. Ofreneo discussed the current situation of human rights in the country.

A panel of reactors representing the women, children and indigenous people was also invited. They were Ms. Joan Jaime, National Coordinator of the Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng PIlipinas, Ms. Karla Che Umil-Balleta, Coordinator, Building Alliance through Consolidation and Expansion of the Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concern and Ms. Jojo Guan, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Resources. Each one presented the state of human rights specifically in the sector they are representing.

Prof. Victor Obedicen, DCD faculty, moderated the forum.

The event was co sponsored by the Diliman Gender Office.

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CSWCD Strategic Planning 2011

Dean Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo

The CSWCD, under the leadership of Dean Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo, conducted a 3-day strategic planning for the next 2 years last 25th to 27th of November 2011. It has successfully fulfilled the objectives of reviewing the 2010 to 2011 strategic plans and formulating the operational plan of the College for 2012 to 2013.

The first day of the Strategic planning was conducted at the CSWCD library. Each Unit of the CSWCD creatively presented highlights of its accomplishment reports. Syntheses of unit reports were also reported which was followed by a workshop to reflect, discuss and assess results and learning from the implementation of the previous strategic plans.

The venue for the last two days of the activity was at the Meralco Development Center in Antipolo City. Results from the previous day’s workshop were reported by clusters. Dr. Judy Taguiwalo and Prof. Marion Tan also provided an overview of the University’s thrust gleaned from the vision papers of the UP President Alfredo Pascual and UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma, respectively. This was intended to provide an overarching guide to the College’s Strategic Planning. A thematic workshop was done to deepen discussions on pressing and critical issues and concerns of the College and respective units. After the workshop result report, team building socials followed which was immensely enjoyed by the CSWCD faculty and staff.

The previous day’s workshop result was synthesized and was followed by a review and enhancement of Unit Level plans. The presentation of unit-level plans was followed by a synthesis of the three day activity.

Dean Ofreneo commended everyone for a job well done.

CSWCD Thesis Grants

The Doctor in Social Development (DSD) Program of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP-CSWCD) in collaboration with the Research Department of the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Survivors (RCT), Denmark and the Balay Rehabilitation Center (Balay) are proud to announce the availability of four (4) Thesis grants starting the 2nd semester, 2011.

About the Scholarship Grants

Masters students currently enrolled in CSWCD, CSSP and other applied social science courses in UP Diliman can avail of thesis grants starting the 2nd semester, 2011-2012 for one year. The candidates’ dissertation must address issues related to violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines. The proposed thesis topic will be one major criterion in the selection process that will be jointly conducted by UP-CSWCD, RCT and Balay (a Filipino service organization that advocates for human rights for marginalized groups). The scholarships aim to create a renewed, scholarly interest in issues of violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines.


Successful candidates will benefit from the scholarship in several ways. They will

  • Be part of an interdisciplinary research group involving other students, NGOs and an international research institution.
  • Receive supervision from international researchers to help improve and finalize thesis work,
  • Receive a small grant and student allocation for data collection and field work
  • Participate in research and training workshops in the Philippines or abroad (to be determined)
  • Contribute through knowledge generation to alleviate suffering in the Philippines
  • Prepare for a future in research, scholarly or NGO work


Successful candidates are expected to

  • Work hard and complete their theses within one year
  • Participate in the research activities (discussion groups and seminars) of the research group
  • Interact with Balay Rehabilitation Center, RCT and CSWCD



  1. Currently enrolled in CSWCD, CSSP and other applied social science courses in UP Diliman, with at least a GWA of 1.75.
  2. Submit a completed application form with a cover letter, detailed CV with names, addresses and contact numbers of three referees (e-mail addresses), and certified copies of degrees/ diplomas.
  3. Submit a brief research proposal (based on thesis topic) related to “violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines”, including brief theoretical and methodological considerations (not exceeding two pages).
  4. Recommendation letter from the thesis adviser/ program adviser.


Application form for the Thesis Grant are availble at the Student Records Office, UP-CSWCD. Further information can be obtained from,, and Applicants can also contact Ma. Theresa Tungpalan, DSD Program Director  (, Aleli B. Bawagan, CSWCD Secretary (,  and Steffen Jensen, RCT Senior researcher ( for other information. Send your application to the Students Records Office of UP-CSWCD. All documents must also be submitted electronically to the CSWCD Secretary and Dr. Jensen of RCT.


Deadline for application: 15 January 2012


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