Along with the 44th Anniversary celebration of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development, the University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation Incorporated (UPSARDFI) on its 30th year held a simple get-together program organized by its interim Board of Trustees (BOT). The event with the theme: Looking Back and Moving Forward was held last August 20, 2011 at 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the UP CSWCD Library.
The program, started with a welcome remarks from Dr. Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo, Dean of UP CSWCD. It was then followed by a cheerful introduction of the participants. Then, Dr. Sylvia H. Guerrero, founding member, gave an overview of UPSARDFI i.e. its objectives, history, partners and projects undertaken.
Mr. Donato C. Endencia, UPSARDFI BOT Chair and Ms. Ines Pinat-Bagadion, UPSARDFI BOT member and UP CSWCD Alumni Association President gave a talk on the current plans and initiatives of the Foundation. Both emphasized that the current thrust of the Foundation is to give back service and to help the College and the nation through conduct of extension services and action researches, increase scholarship endowment for more beneficiaries among others.
A musical interlude was rendered by Prof. Justin Francis Leon V. Nicolas, UP CSWCD Alumni Association Board Member and UP CSWCD Department of Social Work (DSW) Faculty Member. He gave a soulful rendition of Joey Ayala’s Agila.
An open forum followed the presentations. Prof. Cayetano Santiago, Jr., former Faculty Member of UPSCWCD and UPSARDFI Donor formally closed the event. He left the participants with this valuable message: wealth should be measured by how much you give others and not what is kept.
Prof. Jocelyn T. Caragay, Faculty Member of the UP CSWCD DSW served as moderator for the event.