The College of Social Work and Community Development held its annual college week celebration from 21-24 February 2018 with the theme, “Pagtindig sa Hamon ng Panahon.” For 4 days, the college hosted several activities that aimed to enlighten the public about the current situation that we are facing as a nation such as the push for federalism, Lumad killings, and systemic poverty.
DAY 1, 21 February 2018, Wednesday
The CSWCD Week kicked off in the morning of 21 February 2018 with the giving of the UP Loyalty Awards and CSWCD Service Awards to faculty, REPS, and staff that served the college and the university for more than 10 years.
The UP Loyalty Awardees:
- Nathalie A. Verceles – 10 years
- Celeste F. Vallejos – 10 years
- Manuel I. Peñaranda – 25 years
- Benjamin O. Menor – 35 years
The CSWCD Loyalty Awardees:
- Thelma B. Magcuro – 10 years
- Nathalie A. Verceles – 10 years
- Ma. Linnea V. Tanchuling – 25 years
- Monilita O. Manaay – 25 years
Several publications written by CSWCD faculty in 2017 were also recognized during the opening program.
1. A Unique Livelihoods Strategy: How Resilient Homeless Families Survive on the Streets of Metro Manila, Philippines
By Justin Francis V. Nicolas and Mel Gray (2018)
Published in Faces of homelessness in the Asia Pacific (111-132)
Published by Routledge (New York)
2. Surviving in the City through Home Gardens: A Case Study of the Home Gardeners in Barangay UP Campus
By Teresita V. Barrameda (2017)
Published in Philippine Journal of Social Development Volume 9 (39-62)
3. Surfacing Gender Issues in Housing: Insights from a Case Study in Angono, Rizal.
By Rowena A. Laguilles (2017)
Published in Philippine Journal of Social Development Volume 9 63-90.
4. Organizing Older Persons
By Ma.Theresa V. Tungpalan (2017)
Published by Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE), Inc.
Several activities were also launched during the program including the Free-bruary Festival, the Filipiniana Book Fair, and the Video Showing on Philippine social realities including films and documentaries. These events were held for three days from February 21 to 23, 2018. The CSWCD Library together with TUDLA Productions and Master’s students of Community Development also organized a forum on Martial Law on Mindanao with Lumad leaders as resource speakers.
The affirmation of Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio as the newest and 12th dean of the college took place in the afternoon. UP Diliman’s Chancellor Michael L. Tan officiated the affirmation in the presence of CSCWD faculty, REPS, staff and guests. The event also saw the performances by the University of the Philippines Staff Choral Society, Mr. Noel M. Cabangon, Ms. Valerainne R. Lopez, and Mr. Edgie Francis B. Uyanguren.
Day 2, 22 February 2018, Thursday
A colloquium entitled, “Federalism Now!” …??? Elucidating Implications on Justice, Peace, and Genuine People’s Empowerment, and Sustainable Well-Being was held during the second day of the CSWCD Week. Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Neri J. Colmenares and Retired Associate Justice Vicente V. Mendoza were the guest speakers while Dr. Amaryllis T. Torres, Dr. Teresita V. Barrameda, and Prof. Gil I. Espenido were the reactors. The colloquium was held to discuss if the Philippines is ready for a federal form of government. The speakers shared their insights on how a federal form of government works and they also discussed the constitutional provisions that will be affected once it happened.
Day 3, 23 February 2018, Friday
The third day of the CSWCD Week was a busy but fulfilling day in the college. The Philippine Journal of Social Development Volume 10: Community Development as Reflective and Reflexive Practice was launched in the morning. All seven articles in the journal were selected to present the authors’ “community experiences in which they derived new meanings and explanations on specific development concepts” and their “experiences from within as Community Development educators and development practitioners.” The new issue was edited by Prof. Ma. Linnea V. Tanchuling and Dr. Ma. Theresa V. Tungpalan with Ms. Celeste F. Vallejos as managing editor. Ms. Melissa Y. Moran also served as the technical editor. The articles for the PJSD Volume 10, 2018 are:
- Agribisita: Pag-oorganisa at Koletibong Pamamahal sa Agrikultura ng Molinete Farmers Association ng Laurel, Batangas by Wilfredo P. Awitan
- Engaging Persons with Disabilities in Organizing and Development Work by Paul Edward N. Muego
- Ug-ugfo: Pagkilos ng Katutubong Kababaihang Magsasaka Laban sa Proyektong “Hydropower” sa Bontoc, Mountain Province by Miriam T. Teves
- Participatory as Subscriptions: Re-examining Participatory Development Practices by Karl Arvin F. Hapal
- Reflections on Community-engaged Feminist Scholarship from Experiences in the Field Instruction Program by Teresita Villamor-Barrameda, DSD
- Interrogating Poverty: Rhetoric, Narratives, and Concepts by Venarica B. Papa
- Lessons from the Field Instruction Program: Learning Together, Theorizing Change, Fostering Discussions of Power by Devralin T. Lagos
The second event of the day was the Sikhay Talks on Community Media. The main speakers were Mr. Pio Vezola Jr., founder of Northern Media and Information Network and the lead person in the establishment of Radyo Sagada, a community-based radio station in the Cordilleras; and Mr. Raymund Villanueva, Director for Radio of KODAO Productions, an alternative media that serves marginalized sectors of our society. Mr. Villanueva is also a key figure in the establishment of two community media in Mindanao, namely Radyo Lumad and Sugbuanon. During the Sikhay Talks, the guest speakers emphasized the importance of community media in serving marginalized groups especially indigenous peoples whose voices are often forgotten and overlooked. They also discussed the challenges that they are facing in providing public service in the community.
The panel of reactors during the event consisted of a Lumad leader, student and faculty, namely:
- Mr. Jong Monzon, Secretary-General of Pasaka Confederation of Lumad Organizations
- Dr. Diosal Labiste, Journalism Professor from UP College of Mass Communication
- Ms. Angelica Campo, National Coordinator of Siklab Philippine Indigenous Youth Network
- Engr. Efren Ricalde, photographer and AGHAM Member
- Professor Excelsa Tongson, Professor of Home Economics and coordinator of Save Our Schools UP Diliman
CSWCD also hosted DZUP Sikhay Kilos thru a remote broadcast. Professors Roselle Leah K. Rivera and Hazel C. Lamberte were the hosts of the program. Sikhay Kilos is CSWCD’s regular radio program aired on DZUP 1602 every Friday from 12:00 NN to 1:00 PM.
The third day ended with a Solidarity Night/Concert for a Cause organized by CSWCD Student Council. UP’s Kontra-Gapi, Tubaw Music Collective, General Strike, and Shirebound and Busking performed during the event.
Day 4, 24 February 2018, Saturday
The CSWCD Week culminated with a day dedicated for families. Children and adults alike were able to enjoy massage services, manicure and pedicure services, and movies for free. After all, the best way to end a jam-packed week of learning and sharing is through a free relaxation package dedicated to CSWCD faculty and staff that made the entire week a success.