It will be another opportunity for Social Workers to take the center stage with the week-long celebration of the Social Work Week in Iloilo on June 13-19, 2012. The event will kick off with a motorcade around the city on June 13 to converge at the Freedom Grandstand for the Opening Program.
On June 14 -15 the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) Iloilo Chapter will hold their Annual Conference and General Assembly at Punta Villa, Iloilo City. In the afternoon of June 15, Social Work students from five schools of Social Work in Panay and Negros will start their 3-day Regional Social Work Camp. To be hosted by Central Philippine University, the other participating schools are, as follows: Capiz State University, Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Iloilo Doctors College, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.
Simultaneous with the Social Work Camp, the National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. (NASWEI)- Western Visayas will hold an assembly on June 16 at Central Philippine University. This will be participated in by faculty and field work supervisors of the aforementioned schools of Social Work.
On June 18, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office will sponsor a Social Welfare and Development Forum in Iloilo City. The Culminating Activity will be held on June 19 at the 5th floor Conference Room, Iloilo New Provincial Capitol Building.
Meanwhile, a Dental Mission will be jointly undertaken by the Association of Medical Social Workers- Iloilo Chapter and the College of Dentistry of the Iloilo Doctors College during the week-long celebration.
Social Workers in other provinces of Western Visayas are also preparing for the celebration. The annual celebration has been institutionalized by respective resolutions of city and provincial councils in Western Visayas to recognize of the role of social workers in nation building.
It will be recalled that the passage of R. A. 4373 or Social Work Law on June 19, 1965 has regulated the practice of social work and the operation of social welfare agencies in the Philippines. Subsequently, it has created a new interest in social work and in the field of social welfare.
This year’s theme is “Responding to the Changing Times: Together, We Develop the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.” It is an offshoot of the worldwide movement of social workers to push for the Global Social Agenda. Among others are social and economic equalities, dignity and worth of peoples, environmental sustainability, human relationships.
The celebration is a joint effort of the National Association for Social Work Education –Western Visayas, provincial chapters of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc., Association of Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Association of Medical Social Workers in the Philippines, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Junior Social Workers Association.