Rosalie C. Otero, a Master of Social Work (MSW) student, represented the UP-College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) at the Japan Study Tour organized by Japan College of Social Work (JCSW) on March 5 – 12, 2011. The study tour aims to explore the changing Filipino migration landscape in Japan and establish a network of migrant organizations in relation to multi-cultural social work. The program was organized for the Batis Center for Women (Batis), a non-government organization addressing the needs and concerns of returned distressed Filipino women migrant workers from Japan and other countries; and, graduate students of UP-CSWCD. The visit to Japan was made in order to conduct interviews with members of the Philippine community in Kiyose and various migrant organizations in Tokyo on the theme of “Problems of the Next Generation of Filipino Migrants in Japan.” The tour would culminate with a workshop on the initial presentation of the interview findings and discussion regarding the empowerment of migrant women and children in Japan and the Philippines.
Unfortunately, the culmination workshop was cut short due to the strong earthquake that struck Japan. Strong tremors were felt in the middle of the workshop that was taking place last Friday, 11 March 2011 at the JCSW. As soon as the shaking stopped, all the participants were asked to move out of the building and were advised to go home for safety reasons. Fortunately, everyone was safe even as they experienced several after shocks, thereafter.
Setting aside the horrible encounter of the strong quake, Ms. Otero said that the study tour went well and was fruitful. Together with her colleagues from Batis, they will write a paper on the new generation of Filipino migrants in Japan.
Ms. Otero is also a social worker at Batis.