Archive | June 16th, 2021

IP leader shares how volunteerism becomes her way of life

Volunteering is a burden to some, but not with Rosalia Anliston, from Brgy. Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon. Rose, to her friends and family, has been devoting her time to worthy causes in her community.

Barangay Kisolon is home to the Higaunon Indigenous Peoples (IPs). In her Purok, Rose is the IP President and the current Secretary of their local Tribal Council. She is also involved in DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as a parent leader.

Volunteer work is not new to rose. She has been active in different civic organizations and has tasted the bittersweet gratification of volunteerism over the years. With eight children to look after, there were times when Rose wanted to remain indifferent with the affairs of her community, but she says her children and the organizations she is involved with inspires her like no other.

But not everything goes well with Rose and her big heart for the community. One time, she was involved in a project during its preparation and planning stage, but was left out during the implementation. She was then called back only to sign the project’s completion report.

It was a disappointing experience for Rose because all she ever wanted was to be involved in every step of the way. Even without her financial counterpart, she says her time and effort is enough to leave a lasting legacy in her community.

“Dili sayon mag volunteer, kapuyon ko usahay, pero  nakahatag kini nako og dakong kalipay hilabina kung naka contribute ko sa kaayohan para sa among grupo ug komunidad.”
(It’s not easy to be a volunteer, I feel exhausted sometimes, but volunteering gives me joy especially when I have contributed to the welfare of our organization and community.)

Barangay Kisolon is a beneficiary of the DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Indigenous People Community-Driven Development (PAMANA IP-CDD) program. Here, community members identify, design and implement priority projects to address local development challenges.

Lately, Rose has been an active member of the Project Preparation Team for their proposed sub-project under PAMANA IP-CDD—an Isolation facility to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

“A blessing in this time of crisis” This is how Rose describes the sub-project that she and her fellow volunteers are currently working on.

DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS admires people like Rose whose beliefs and convictions about volunteerism and active citizenship drive the positive change we want to see in our communities. Engagement without the publicity and hype, only genuine desire to take action and to be useful for the common good.

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2nd Philippine Social Workers’ Day: DSWD to promote solidarity among practitioners

To further promote the solidarity among social work practitioners in various settings, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in cooperation with ASEAN Social Work Consortium-Philippines, will spearhead the celebration of the Second Philippine Social Workers’ Day with a virtual conference on June 19, 2021.

This significant milestone commemorates the enactment of Republic Act No. 4373 or An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes on June 19, 1965.

The celebration which carries the theme, “Strengthening Solidarity and Inter-connectedness among Filipino Social Workers”, will highlight the contributions of our social workers to social development and people empowerment.  

As the lead agency that provides social protection services, the DSWD believes that social workers play a vital role in responding to the needs of Filipinos during crisis and in ensuring to remain one in their mission to uplift the human well-being of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals and families, most especially during this pandemic.

Meanwhile, there are a total of 500 social work practitioners from different social work associations such as Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc.; National Association of Social Work Educations, Inc.; Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines, Inc.; Philippine Association of Court Social Workers, Inc.; Association of Child Caring Agencies of the Philippines, Inc.;  DOH League of Medical Social Workers, Association of Medical Social Workers of the Philippines; Association of DSWD Social Workers, Inc.; National Council of Social Development; and the Area Based Standards Network. These groups are expected to participate in the virtual conference via Zoom. Other interested parties are encouraged to join through the live simulcast in DSWD’s Official Facebook page.

The said event will serve as a venue to acknowledge social workers’ accomplishments as each association will have to endorse three awardees to be recognized for this year’s ‘Gawad Parangal Sa Natatanging Kontribusyon Ng Manggagawang Panlipunan.’

Moreover, to strengthen solidarity and for the improvement of practice of social workers, there will be a lecture on the enhanced version of the Philippine Social Work Code of Ethics and Ethical Standards to be conducted by Ms. Lorna C. Gabad, Chairperson of the Professional Regulatory Board for Social Work.

The DSWD extends, in advance, its gratitude to all Filipino social workers for their commitment to the country’s sustainable development. ###

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