Regional Conference on Disaster Resilience, Social Inclusion and Sustainability

Everyone is invited to the Regional Conference on Disaster Resilience, Social Inclusion and Sustainability: Lessons from the Great Earthquakes in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines on February 23-24, 2012 at Bulwagang Tandang Sora, College of Social Work and Community Development, UP-Diliman, Quezon City.
For more details, click this link or contact Ms. Jane Demegillo and Prof. Malou Alcid at (02) 9292477 or

Training on Mentoring, the Supervisor’s Educational Function


In any organization, the supervisor has a valuable role in its operations.   S/he has three main functions:  administrative, supportive and educational.  In performing his/her administrative responsibilities, s/he provides the needed direction in the day to day activities of his/her supervisees.  Supportive duties revolve around enhancing and sustaining the motivation of the members his/her staff to give their best in the execution of their work.  Most importantly, his/her educational or mentoring role involves developing his/her supervisees to be better persons as well as employees.

Discussions with development workers revealed that many supervisors have inadvertently neglected their mentoring function due to their being understaffed or being saddled with a number of additional assignments.  Their attention has been caught up with the day to day operational concerns.  As a result, direct service workers lose their motivation and initiative to meet the challenges of their work, so to speak.  They tend to perform their responsibilities mechanically, contributing to the disempowerment of the clients or partners whom they serve.  Although one would expect a staff to be self propelling and creative, the supervisor has the obligation to provide the needed guidance and opportunities for staff development.

It is for this reason that a training course to enhance the capability of the supervisors to perform their educational/mentoring function was conceived.   This is part of the service that the Research and Extension for Development Office of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (REDO, UP CSWCD) extends to its partners.  In this activity, the Office seeks to enable the participants to reflect on their performance in upgrading their supervisees’ capabilities and develop alternative avenues to ensure the advancement of their supervisees’ KAS.

This training is open to supervisors who may feel the need to enhance their knowledge, attitudes, and skill (KAS) in this subject area.  They may come fro government and non government organizations from any field of endeavor.

Objectives of the Training

This training was conceived to enhance the knowledge, attitude and skills of the participants in providing the necessary support to improve the performance of their supervisees.  It hopes to make them proactive in intervening when there are performance gaps among their supervisees and systematically and purposively providing opportunities for growth in their work.

Specifically, it hopes to enable the participants to:

  1. Expound on the various concepts related to supervision;
  2. Elaborate on the purpose, principles, and functions of supervision;
  3. Identify the problems and issues that they encountered, more particularly in performing their mentoring function;
  4. Explain the importance of communication in supervision;
  5. Present a mentoring framework in supervision;
  6. Enumerate certain strategies in supervising staff;
  7. Elucidate on the process of mentoring using the Job Discrepancy Model (JDM); and
  8. Prepare a six months plan for mentoring one’s own staff.




The CSWCD has launched the Typhoon Sendong Emergency Response Appeal entitled “PAGDAMAY ANG REGALO NATIN NGAYONG PASKO” to show our solidarity with the typhoon Sendong survivors.We appealed for your support and many of you so generously rose to the challenge. You showed your compassion in different ways. Allow us therefore to share with you a short update on the progress of our campaign to date, as our way of showing our gratitude to each of you.

Joint Oxfam-CSWCD volunteer mobilization for repacking of emergency hygiene kits:

Oxfam approached the CSWCD for assistance in their emergency response, specifically in volunteer mobilization and hosting the repacking operations on December 22. We launched an urgent call for volunteers mainly thru Facebook and texting and readied our classrooms and corridors for the relief goods to be supplied by Oxfam. We were overwhelmed by the turnout — more than 400 highly spirited volunteers came, working in three 6-hour shifts from 6am to 11pm. After almost 18 hours of untiring work, we were able to assemble 2,981 emergency hygiene kits (EHKs). Each kit, packed in a colorful reusable bag, contains 2 sleeping mats (banig), 2 blankets, 1 mosquito net, 10 bath soaps, 7 detergent bars, 1 tube of toothpaste, 5 toothbrushes, 3 packs of sanitary pads, 6 briefs and 6 panties (for children and adults). These will be distributed to households together with a jerry can and potty.

The hygiene kits are a part of a bigger emergency response spearheaded by the Humanitarian Response Consortium, a consortium of 5 local NGOs (A Single Drop for Safe Water Inc, Balay Rehab Center, Kadtuntaya Foundation, Peoples’ Disaster Risk Reduction Network (formerly PDRN), the Rural Development Institute of Sultan Kudarat) and Oxfam. As a whole, they aim to assist 10,000 families (out of the more than 25,000 families that have been directly affected in terms of loss of homes, employment, etc.) in CDO, Iligan City and adjacent areas.

The reactions of the volunteers yesterday were very heartening – there was so much energy and joy while they were counting, packing, checking for quality control, labeling, and lifting the goods, and in the end, taking part in a long human chain that was formed to move the kits from the 2nd floor down to the ground floor. By mid-morning, one of the Oxfam staff commented on the volunteers: “They’re working so fast, how do we slow them down?!” Many were impressed at the quantity and quality of the goods, and at the orderly system instituted. The place was abuzz, even verging on the chaotic, but there was nary a negative comment or feedback from the volunteers. Each one was just there share their time and be useful. Perhaps, it also helped that, thanks to Oxfam, there were mandated breaks and sufficient food and drinks for the volunteers. Even the CSWCD faculty cannot help but be amazed and overjoyed at the sheer number of volunteers who turned up (somebody commented: “we have a flood of volunteers!”) despite the very short notice (only 2 nights and 1 day) with the help of Facebook and other social media.

CSWCD-CDP Joint Appeal for Donations:

Simultaneously with the call for volunteers, the CSWCD supported the appeal for donations of the Center for Disaster Preparedness. Since Dec 21, we have received donated goods (mainly clothes, canned goods and water) and some cash assistance. The goods have already been sorted out and placed in cartons, ready for shipment when we find free transport. The CDP is coordinating with the Office of Civil Defense, and our donated good are already on their list of agencies seeking transport assistance. We hope to send them out the week after Christmas.

We will continue to receive goods so please inform potential donors that they can still bring these to the CSWCD. These will be classified and packed tentatively Monday and Tuesday next week so anyone who wants to help with these are most welcome. Please wait for further announcements from the CDP and the CSWCD regarding this.

Again, we thank each and every volunteer and donor who showed their support in whatever way they can. Oxfam also extends its gratitude to all of you. Wishing all of us a truly meaningful and happy Christmas…

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