The Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. (PASWI)-Quezon City Chapter, the Department of Social Work, UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD), and the National Association for Social Work Education Inc. (NASWEI) organized a Consultation-Workshop on the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development last April 1, 2011, from 1:00- 6:00 pm at the UP CSWCD.
The Consultation-Workshop which was attended not only by social workers but also social work students, were mostly from Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Rizal and Laguna. There were more than 60 participants in this activity. The workshop provided a venue for Social Workers to discuss, agree and make their voices heard on the four themes: Environmental Sustainability, Economic and Social Inequalities within Countries and between Regions, Dignity and Worth of the Person, and the Importance of Human Relationships that have been identified in the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.
Dr. Jeremias Leones, Chair of the Department of Social Work, UP-College of Social Work and Community Development welcomed the participants for the Consultation-Workshop. Prof. Mary Lou Alcid, NASWEI President gave an overview of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development before the workshops began.
The resources persons and facilitators for the Consultation-Workshop were as follows: 1. “Globalization and Increasing Social and Economic Inequalities in the Philippines” (Economic and Social Inequalities within Countries and between Regions) by Prof. Josefa “Gigi” Francisco of Miriam College with Prof. Mary Lou L. Alcid as facilitator; 2. Dignity and Worth of the Person by Prof. Fermin Manalo Jr. with Prof. Justin Francis Leon V. Nicolas as facilitator; 3. Environmental Sustainability by Ms. Judy A. Pasimio with Prof. Rainier V. Almazan as facilitator; and 4. Importance of Human Relationships by Dr. Liza B. Martinez with Prof. Rosetta G. Palma as facilitator.
Representatives from each workshop presented their output in the plenary. They highlighted the need for continuing education and professionalization of social workers to be able to answer the needs of the times (such as problems in relation to climate change); and, serve effectively and efficiently in the local, regional, national and international levels. They also emphasized that services should be rights-based and gender sensitive. The workshop results will be the Philippines’ input to the Global Agenda.
At the international level, the process is coordinated by the International Federation of Social Workers, the International Association of Schools of Social Work, and the International Council on Social Development. By March 2012, the Global Agenda will be presented to the United Nations, and thereafter to regional organisations such as the ASEAN and the national governments.
Before Ms. Imelda Capili, PASWI-QC President, gave the closing remarks, Prof. Ines Danao of the Asian Social Institute gave a synthesis of the Consultation workshop. Prof. Jocelyn Caragay, PASWI-QC Vice President served as the over-all Facilitator of the Consultation workshop.