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. ###