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Government, Academe’s social work partnership

tempo editorial oct82013

The Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) and a consortium of social work schools in Central Visayas (Region 7) have forged a partnership to augment the implementation of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) in 104 poor municipalities – 39 in Cebu, 44 in Bohol, 16 in Negros Oriental, and five in Siquijor. The schools – University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), Southwestern University (SWU), and St. Therese’s College (STC) in Cebu Province and Silliman University in Dumaguete City will offer a certificate course in community development to college graduates of non-development work fields to boost the NCDDP.

NCDDP is the Community-Driven Development strategy used by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of DSWD’s poverty reduction programs. Approved as a national program this year by the National Economic and Development Authority, it is being implemented from 2013 to 2019, covering 900 poor municipalities nationwide.

The certificate course includes 54-hour lecture-discussions of social realities and development perspectives with case studies and introduction to community organizing and community development. Students will undergo field work and community integration in Kalahi-CIDSS areas in Central Visayas. The certificate course is a three-unit graduate course for those who want to take up social work master’s programs, including Psychiatric Social Work, Social Work Administration, Social Work Education, Community Development, and Family Therapy.

DSWD and the consortium will reach out to farmers, fisherfolk, youths, women and children. The partnership will enhance the delivery of social services, trough the sharing of expertise, experience, and resources. It will boost the DSWD hiring of an additional 692 staff for the NCDDP. DSWD needs NCDDP project implementers who have the knowledge and skills in community organization.

We congratulate the Department of Social Welfare and Development headed by Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, for the government-academe partnership to make interventions better as well as enhance the strategy and delivery of community-driven social services to rural communities in our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!