The College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), through the Department of Social Work, hosted the 24th Nihon Fukushi University (NFU) – Philippine Exposure Program (PEP) from 11 – 25 February 2018 with 12 NFU undergraduate students and 2 chaperones. This year’s theme is “Understanding the Facets of Philippine Realities: A Learning Experience.” The main objective of the exposure program was to provide the NFU students with knowledge and understanding of Philippine socio-economic, political and cultural realities focusing on the different vulnerable/marginalized sectors and social welfare programs.
The two-week exposure program provided the participants opportunities to attend lectures by CSWCD professors about Philippine social realities and Japan-Philippine relations with focus on migration. They also listened to the lectures on the current situation of Filipino youth shared by the National Youth Commission (NYC); human rights in the Philippines as presented by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR); and Community Savings and Credit Association (CoMSCA) as conducted by the Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA).
Apart from lectures, the students also interacted with the student organizations at CSWCD like the Student Council. Junior Social Welfare Association of the Philippines (JSWAP) and CD Circle.
In addition, the students visited the National Poverty Commission (NAPC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development – Central Office (to learn about the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps) and The Haven for the Elderly under DSWD – Region IV-A. They also visited the Reception and Action Center (RAC) under the Quezon City – Social Service and Development Department (QC-SSDD).
There was also a chance for the students to visit Batis Center for Women, Youth Organization Giving Hope and Inspiration (YOGHI).
They also had fieldvisits in Brgy. Kapito and Brgy. San Diego in Lian, Batangas where they interacted with the women members of CoMSCA as well as officers and members of Samahan ng Mangangawil (a People’s Organization).
The participants also had the chance to know about the history and culture of the country. In the campus, they participated in theUP Diliman Walking Tour highlighting students’ activism and also visited the Vargas Museum. They also experienced how it is to join a mobilization by joining a march and attending the One Billion Rising (OBR) where they added to the CSWCD contingent.
Outside the campus, in Manila, they toured in several historical and natural attractions in and outside Manila like Rizal Park, Intramuros and Fort Santiago. On the other hand, outside the campus and outside Manila, they trekked to Taal Volcano. The students also get to experience suman-making in Batangas and staying in Filipino families both in urban and rural settings.
The NFU – PEP is an annual learning program by CSWCD – UP Diliman for the students of Nihon Fukushi University. The program is also one of the longest running partnership between the university and a foreign higher learning institution.