Yen Pasos

Interview with Florence Flores-Pasos (BSSW,1990; MSW, 2007), Program Operations Manager, ERDA Foundation
(Conducted and transcribed by Gerald Paragas)
Bakit Social Work ang kinuha nyo noon?
Siguro dahil rin tatlo sa family members, at ilan sa mga kakilala ko ay social workers, at mahilig din ako makisalamuha at makipagtrabaho sa mga tao.

jam mananghaya-poernama

It has been fifteen meaningful years of social work practice since I graduated from the College of Social Work and Community Development of the University of the Philippines. I never regretted having chosen this great profession. It took me to places I never would have imagined going to and served so many people from diverse backgrounds responding to needs as basic as access to clean water, to issues as complex as mental health, and challenging systemic issues such as racism and discrimination.

benilda albao

While many women nowadays consider marriage or being ‘in a relationship’ a test of gender faith and femininity, Benilda Albao carved out a niche of her own battle. She chose the track of being a community development worker who based herself in war-torn areas immersing with people caught in the crossfire.


What do Jubilarians talk about when they see each other fifty years after receiving their ABSW degree? I’m guessing that they usually ask the following, especially if they had not seen each other for years: Are you still working? Or are you retired now? What work did you do? Did you always work in the field of social work? What do you do now? Do you have grandchildren?

joyce caragay

Where does the professional development of a student start, and where does it end?
This was the dilemma that bothered young Joyce Caragay, soon after she graduated UP College of Social Work and Community Development and began working for a training program. Teaching for UP’s Interdisciplinary Program on Community Health, she was then assigned in Bai, Laguna, where all that she wanted to do is to help the marginalized sector.

esther penunia

Ako ay tubo at laking Pasay City. Kahit na taga Leyte ang aking mga magulang, minsan lamang nila ako dinala sa probinsya — at ito”y noong ako’y tatlong taon pa lamang. Kaya wala akong kaalaman sa buhay lalawigan, maliban sa mga nobela at mga textbook at artikulo na binabasa sa klase. At sa pailan-ilang piyestahan at sayawan, sa imbitasyon ng ilang kaibigang taga Siniloan at Pampanga.

mary lou alcid

I missed the First Quarter Storm at UP Diliman . I entered UP as an AB Broadcast Communications major in June 1972. Martial law was declared on the Saturday I was to make a report in my Social Orientation class at the College of Home Economics. Classes were suspended. I wasn’t sure Marcos would reopen UP so I began to explore other life options such as baking and selling macaroons .

mark abenir

I got to indirectly encounter CSWCD at the time when I was in my Philosophy sophomore years in UST. Back then, my goal was to take up law after I finish the AB Philosophy program, afterwards become a corporate lawyer, and then hopefully one day be renowned in the law profession and be rich in the process. But all of that changed when I met Joey Cruz, Joltz Meneses and Ka Puroy Alipao (in that order) in the school year of 1999-2000.

emmanuel luna

Emmanuel M. Luna
BSCD (Cum Laude) 1979; Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, 2000
The beginnings
I entered the university of the Philippine in 1974 as an engineering freshman:naïve yet ambitious; filled with fervor for academic excellence, but unmindful of the then political turmoil; excited by the new life and environment, butmade insecure by the same; poor, yet struggling with the hardships and challenges of being a “Iskolarngbayan”.