REDO Invitation for Training on Advocacy

Dear Partners in Development:


The Research and Extension for Development Office, College of Social Work and Community Development (REDO, CSWCD) of the University of the Philippines in partnership with Sikhay Kilos Development Association, Inc. will conduct a training entitled “Engaging in Advocacy Work, An Essential Skill for Social Development Practitioners”. This 4 – day activity will be held at the CSWCD Audiovisual Room from July 9-12.  The training content, application form, and other information can be downloaded from REDO Trainings 2013 page.

Endeavors such as this are regularly undertaken by REDO, CSWCD as a fulfillment of its mission to address some of the needs of social development practitioners, people’s organizations, and other partners in the area of capability building and enhancement through our extension and consultancy services.  This particular training is significant because it recognizes the critical role of the social development worker in building/enhancing the awareness of the people, legislators, executives and planners and concretizing action to address important issues at the local and national levels.  It aims to enhance their capabilities to be proactive and purposive in involving the community and other stakeholders in dealing with problems and issues.
The registration fee for this activity is Php 10, 000.00.  A reservation cost of Php 1, 500.00 (non-refundable) will be required from those who will signify their interest to attend this course deductible from the full payment of the registration fee. Please send your payment to account name Sikhay Kilos Development Association, Inc.., PNB UP Campus Branch savings account number 4069-8400-0021.

For further inquiries about the training, please contact REDO through Ms. Catharine E. Adaro, Ms. Anne-Di Berdin or the undersigned, tel. nos. 924-2143 and 981-8500 loc.4107.  For those interested to join the activity, we will appreciate hearing from you on or before July 2, 2013.


We encourage you to be with us in this worthwhile activity.


Very truly yours,


Training Coordinator


Noted by:


REDO Director

Participant’s Information Sheet
Training Design



The untimely death of Kristel Tejada has led to much soul-searching among the University constituencies. We in the CSWCD  condole with the family and friends of Kristel, whose decision to take  her own life was  triggered by a sense of despair and hopelessness . Her death could perhaps                           have been avoided if the STFAP had been implemented  more effectively and compassionately, with her parents revealing the fact that they had expected to be in Bracket E but were  instead categorized under Bracket D  which imposed a heavier and unaffordable  financial burden  on  them . Inability to pay in effect resulted in exclusion, with Kristel being disallowed to continue her studies and thereby pursue her dream of lifting herself and her family out of poverty.

Kristel was forced to go on a leave of absence  on the last day of filing an LOA (Leave of Absence)  because of her inability to pay. This policy which authorizes University authorities to drop/purge/remove from the rolls students who have outstanding balances and are therefore not credited for the academic work they have done is harsh.  This policy should be rescinded. Instead, the student should be allowed to complete the semester and his/her grades may be withheld until their accounts with the university are settled.

The CSWCD has always stood for justice and compassion.  We are alarmed by the fact that the University has become more and more inaccessible to the poor. The best and brightest of our youth who come from disadvantaged families no longer are able to enter the portals of a national university whose fees have increased substantially  but whose operations are paid for by the taxes coming from the  pockets of  the Filipino people, majority of whom belong to the working poor. This, to us, is a form of social exclusion and injustice.

It is with this concern that a CSWCD research team conducted a study on the STFAP, tracing the reasons behind exclusion and inclusion errors, and recommending some positive changes to respond to these. Among these recommendations are increasing the budget for STFAP and  improving its implementation mechanisms.   These recommendations have caught the attention of  the UP President himself and we trust that they will be implemented.

Over and above these, however, STFAP itself needs to be re-examined if it is indeed  the best way to democratize admissions to the University. There could be a better program or policy.  Some of the questions which we and University authorities can ask ourselves in this re-examination process are the following: Why are we requiring rich students to subsidize poor students if UP is a public university and entry is on the basis of academic excellence?  How much is the university earning from student tuition and other fees? Cannot the government allocate that amount in the annual budget of UP? And should not a big chunk of UP’s budget increase for 2013 (which was a product of two years of major systemwide mobilization against budget cuts and higher state subsidy)  go to programs benefiting students,  especially those most in need?

A democratic admissions program or policy cannot just stand alone;  it has to be complemented by measures to encourage students to work in order to support themselves and at the same time uphold the dignity of labor.  Raising the remuneration of student and graduate assistants to realistic and competitive rates could be one step in this direction.  Providing free or subsidized dormitory housing for underprivileged students could  be another direction.

Still, this process of soul searching and direction setting  needs to be anchored on participatory mechanisms, whereby students, parents, faculty, staff,  alumni, and administrators,  can be engaged in a democratic dialogue  to create positive changes together.

Only then can we regain our pride in  being a part of a University  of the people.  Only then can we vindicate one tragic, avoidable death which will  continue  to haunt our collective conscience if it does not result in measures to prevent such an incident from recurring.




REDO Trainings for 2013

REDO training 2014


Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Development Projects

People can only claim ownership of community development projects if they have participated meaningfully in its development and management. The four-day, live-out seminar workshop in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation aims to equip social development practitioners with knowledge and skills to strengthen people’s involvement, enhance their capacities and increase their confidence in the decision making processes, thereby, sustaining development projects. Further, the training course aims to enhance the understanding and capabilities of participants in developing appropriate participatory monitoring and evaluation systems for their respective community projects and programs.

The training program  is intended for Program/Project Managers, Development Planners, Program/Project Evaluators/Analysts, Community Organizers, Community Development Workers, Social Workers, other Social Development Practitioners, Social Researchers and Social Science Graduate Students who are into projects in agriculture, environment, housing, health, education, livelihood, disaster preparedness, infrastructure or any programs and services involving poor or vulnerable groups like farmers, informal settlers, children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities, among others.

Dates:                          July 22-25, 2014

Fee:                              Php 10,000.00

Contact Person:          Leah B. Angeles

Venue:                         Seminar Room, UP-CSWCD


Training on Community Organizing: CO Work Amidst Evolving Concerns in Social Development

This course aims to provide the participants with an overview of the concepts, processes, and approaches in organizing work in the context of Philippine reality. In-depth analysis of case studies on the emerging trends in social development such as CO for governance; gender mainstreaming and feminist organizing; and integration of disaster risk reduction and management in organizing will be presented. The course seeks to enhance the organizing skills of the participants that will aid them in preparing a CO plan with their respective organizations.

Dates:                          September 16-19, 2014

Fee:                              Php 10,000.00

Contact Person:          Celeste F. Vallejos

Venue:                         Seminar Room, UP-CSWCD


Training on Supervision: Enhancing the Supervisor’s Capability in Mentoring/Coaching

The three day, live-out training  aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of middle level supervisors in providing the needed support to improve the functioning of the supervisees.  The focus  is on  making them proactive in intervening when there are performance gaps among the supervisees and systematically and purposively providing opportunities for their growth in their work.

Mentoring is an important task of the supervisor.  However, his/her administrative responsibilities usually take precedence over upgrading the supervisee’s performance.  Coaching is guiding and instructing an employee on how to do a job so that it satisfies performance goals.  On the other hand, mentoring is providing guidance, advice, and encouragement through an ongoing one-on-one work relationship (Samuel Certo, Supervision, 2006)

Date:                            October 21-24, 2014

Fee:                              Php 10,000.00

Contact Person:          Leah B. Angeles

Venue:                         Seminar Room UP-CSWCD


Engaging in Advocacy Work, an Essential Skill for Social Development Practitioners

Poverty, as it exists at present, is an effect of the country’s economic, socio-political landscape.  A significant segment of the Philippine population is still suffering from deprivation of their basic needs and from inadequacy of essential programs and services that they can avail of. Bringing about positive changes in the lives of these marginalized sectors should be a concerted effort among government executives, planners, legislators, the civil society and the people. Being in touch with people who have less in life, it is the central role of social development workers to help awaken the various abovementioned actors to the issues affecting their locale and move them into action,

This particular training acknowledges the ever changing situation that the Philippines is contending with which social development workers should be sensitive about and face in order to be effective in uplifting the lives of the people they assist. This activity is significant because it recognizes the critical role of the social development worker in building/enhancing the awareness of the people, legislators, executives and planners and concretizing action to address important issues at the local and national levels.  It aims to enhance their capabilities to be proactive and purposive in involving the community and other stakeholders in dealing with problems and issues.

Mindful of the varying levels of experiences of social development practitioners and the backdrop from where they originate, the training methodologies will be interactive and experiential.  The realities of the social development workers in their field settings will be considered.

Dates:                         November 18-21, 2014

Fee:                              Php 10,000.00

Contact Person:         Anne-di V. Berdin/ Catharine E.  Adaro

Venue:                         Seminar Room,  UP-CSWCD


Reframing the Content and Direction of Case Management

Date:                            TBA

Fee:                              Php10,000.00

Contact Person:          Josefina Rolle

Venue:                         Seminar Room, UP-CSWCD





College of Social Work and Community Development