I initially thought that getting into ISWCD (now CSWCD) in the ‘70s was accidental . I never imagined that my college education would have a great influence on my advocacies and present career as a Social Development practitioner.
Magandang hapon po sa ating lahat!
Ang taong pinararangalan natin sa hapong ito ay biniyayaan ng buhay na makulay at makabuluhan – isang mahusay na guro at educator; mapagkalingang academic leader; may-akda ng ilang popular na libro sa pag-oorganisa at pagpapaunlad ng pamayanan; advocate, partisan, kasangga at kasama sa pakikibaka ng mga maralita: mga magsasaka, mangingisda, manggagawa, kababaihan, katutubo, kabataan,nakatatanda, mga may kapansanan; gabay at adviser ng ’di-mabilang na NGO at POs; napakahusay na kwentista (an excellent storyteller); at higit sa lahat — mapagmahal at minamahal na anak, kapatid, kaibigan, asawa at ama.
My training and education from UPISWCD carried me on an epic journey from the expansive grounds of UP Diliman, to the bowels of squatter areas in Tatalon, QC and Tondo, Manila, to the deep jungles in Laguna, Rizal to a storied life in the corporate world of North America where I am now.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 .