DSW Faculty Members Speak at the Biennial Convention for Social Work Educators

DSW Faculty Members Speak at the Biennial Convention for Social Work Educators

Sue Magalona-Nazal

The National Association for Social Work Education,  or NASWEI,  held its 49TH biennial convention on November 29-30, 2021 & December 1-3, using online platforms. The theme of the conference was: “Philippine Social work Education Amidst the Pandemic: “Challenges, Innovations and Trajectories”.

As in previous conferences, faculty members from the Department of Social Work, along with selected students, actively participated in the discussions. Assistant Professor John Erwin Bañez led the plenary discussion on “Social Work Statistics”, on November 30, 2021, where he shared useful statistical analysis tools for social work research. During plenary sessions on December 1, 2021, , Dr. Justin Francis Leon V. Nicolas made a presentation on, “Publish or Perish: How to Write Publishable Journal Articles”, with panel sharing from journal writers. Dr. Angelito Meneses likewise shared his experiences as a writer, through his presentation, titled, “How to Write Publishable Books” with panel sharing from book authors, led by retired CSWCD Professor Thelma Lee-Mendoza.  Dr. Finaflor F. Taylan, from the UP Open University, spoke about the, “Use of Online Teaching and Assessment”, during the plenary session on December 2, 2021.

Breakout sessions likewise featured CSWCD faculty members, as well as students. On November 29, 2021, Dr. Justin Francis Leon V. Nicolas presented, “A meta-Analysis of Case Studies in Human Rights at the Heart of Response during the Time of Pandemic in the Philippines”.  On the same day, Assistant Professor Gil I. Espinido, led stimulating discussion about, “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession”.

B.S. Social work students,  Sydney Claudelle M. Aguba and  Gia S. Evangelista, shared their research paper at a breakout session on December 1, 2021. The student paper is titled, “Revisiting Human Rights in Social Work: Filipino Social Workers’ Perception and Integration of Human Rights into their Professional Practice.

As the largest national umbrella organization of social work schools and educators, the NASWEI aims to promote and maintain high standards of social work education in the Philippines.


UP CSWCD 7th Placer of the Social Worker Licensure Examination 2021

Leanne Feliz O. Pastorpide, UP CSWCD alumna lands 7th place in Social Worker Licensure Examination 2021
UP CSWCD alumna Leanne Feliz O. Pastorpide places 7th in the Social Worker Licensure Examination 2021

Leanne Feliz Ordillano Pastorpide entered UP Diliman with the course of BA Comparative Literature (Major in European Literature). In search for a course more focused on the development sector, she found BS Social Work through the help of her friends, and shifted in 2016. Together with her research partner, her undergraduate research entitled “A Study on the Congruity of Mental Health Services in the University of the Philippines Diliman with Undergraduate Students’ Concern” won Best Research in the Social Work Department in 2018, and was presented at the Asia-Pacific Joint Regional Social Work Conference in 2019. She graduated BS Social Work in July 2020, and worked as a researcher in several mental health, public health, and development researches prior to acing the board exam.

UP Tops Social Worker Licensure Examination 2021

UP CSWCD congratulates its topnotchers and passers of the Social Worker Licensure Examination 2021

The UP CSWCD family congratulates our alumnae for topping the August 2021 Social Worker Licensure Examination and for achieving a 100% passing rate.

Digna Millondaga de Guzman led the list of successful examinees with a rating of 83%. Leanne Feliz Ordillano Pastorpide placed 7th with a rating of 81%. Less than half, or 612 out of 1,621 individuals passed the examination, which was held on August 24, 25, and 26, 2021.

UP CSWCD Alumna Tops August 2021 Social Worker Licensure Exam

CSWCD congratulates its alumna, Digna Millondaga-De Guzman, for being the top notcher of the August 2021 Social Worker Licensure Examination.

Digna Millondaga-De Guzman is a wife and mother of two kids (an eleven-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl) and is residing in her home province of Bataan.

She is an alumna of the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Social Work and Community Development, who graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Community Development (cum laude) in 2002 and last February 2021 for her Master of Social Work degree. She also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration (graduated in 2006) from Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) where she eventually became a faculty member (Assistant Professor IV). She is also a licensed professional teacher when she passed the licensure examination for teachers in March 2016.

Her goal is to establish a BS Social Work program in BPSU that will produce graduates who will enable individuals to achieve their full potential as a person with worth and dignity and to advocate for social justice and human rights in our society.

With her success at this August 2021’s Board Examination for Social Workers, she hopes that her goal will become a reality.

Congratulations Dr. Sylvia E. Claudio for being reappointed as CSWCD Dean

The CSWCD community congratulates Prof. Sylvia E. Claudio, MD, PhD. for her reappointment as Dean of the College of Social Work and Community Development as approved by the UP Board of Regents. Prof. Claudio’s second term as CSWCD Dean is effective from the 26th of November 2020 to 25th of November 2023. Dean Claudio started her first term in 2018 to 2020. She was the sole nominee during the 2020 CSWCD Dean Selection Process.

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Social Work Action Network – Philippines (SWAN) statement on the illegal arrest and detention of the Pride 20


On June 26, 2020, three young social workers were among the twenty participants of the Pride March in Mendiola, Manila, who were illegally arrested and detained by the Manila Police District. They are Rogelio Feguro Jr., Nehemiah Hipos and Kim Vinzar Samina who provide psychosocial services at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center.

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