Hazel S. Cometa-Lamberte

Lamberte, Hazel

Hazel S. Cometa-Lamberte, RSW, MSW

Assistant Professor 7

Registered Social Worker, Master of Social Work

  • Two decades of child protection experience working with rescued children who are physically and sexually abused, neglected, and abandoned.

  • Over 10 years of extensive experience in residential care facilities for children, including case management, operations and supervision of children’s village, resource mobilization and networking.

  • 6 years as a former member of the Inter-country Adoption Board Placement Committee of ICAB, the Philippine central authority on inter-country adoption, representing the social work profession. Reviewed and discussed cases of children cleared for inter-country adoption and match them with suitable foreign prospective adoptive parents.

  • 3 years as a hotline and rescue social worker in the country’s first child helpline for abuse children.

  • Broad knowledge on child welfare and protection framework, theories and approaches, protocols, guidelines, and policies.

  • 9 years of teaching social work practice to undergrad and graduate level and training social work practitioners in the field of child welfare.

  • Clinical expertise in working with children and families doing individual and group social work counseling, group work, sand play therapy and psychological first aid.

  • Co-produce/anchor a multi-awarded community radio program called “Sikhay Kilos Radio” at DZUP 1602 that features issues and challenges on social development including child welfare and protection.

  • A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Social Work, with Clinical Concentration. Presently, a PhD candidate of the Philippine Studies program of the University of the Philippines, specializing in socio-cultural field.

  • Involve in several social development research including impact assessment and process evaluation.

  • Authored and co-wrote local and international publications and presented papers on children on both international and local conferences.

  • A staunch child rights advocate

Specialization and Areas of Interest: children’s rights, adoption, child welfare and protection


An Analysis of Houseparents Role Performance in a Residential Care Facility for Children. ASEAN Social Work Journal. Vol. 5 No. 1. Indonesia Social Work Consortium. ISSN: 2089 – 1075. July 2017

Contributor, The Human Costs of the Philippine War on Drugs. A Compilation of Case Studies. National Association for Social Education Inc. (NASWEI ) – Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). 2017

Completed Researches

“Process Evaluation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Operations,” a collaboration between the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the UP College of Social Work and Community Development, February 15 – October 14, 2016

ASEAN Level Active Ageing 3A’s Research Project, collaboration between Department of Social Welfare and Development and the UP College of Social Work and Community Development, August – December 2016

Development of Strategy Framework for Anti VAC (Violence Against Chil-dren) a collaboration between the UNICEF and the Department of Social Work and Community Development, February 2018 – March 2019

Extension Grant:

Topic: Sikhay Kilos Radio Digital Archive
Grant funded by Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Development (OVCRD) – University of the Philippines Diliman, December 2017 – November 2018

Ongoing Research:

Covid-19 Psychosocial Impact in Urban Communities
Bahay Ampunan: Filipino Virtue Ethics in Residential Care Facilities for Children