PASWI Manila Chapter celebrated the 2019 World Social Work Day with a Seminar on Promoting the Importance of the Human Relationships in Social Work at the Centro Escolar University on March 23, 2019 under the leadership of President Mr. Roy Luntayao and VP Internal Sr. Marivic, FMA and VP External Mr. Cleo. About a hundred participant attended the PASWI Manila Chapter event in partnership with CEU and the Junior Social Work Association of the Philippines (JSWAP).
Gratitude Day is one of the Salesian traditions which started more than 100 years ago by St. John Bosco where in two of the boys he was mentoring decided to express their thanks to him. He recognized this disposition of graciousness was extremely important in the formation of character in these children so he decided to set aside an official day for this. As a Salesian tradition, the Salesian Sisters and lay people of each house gather together to express their gratitude for the Superior of that community and each of its members. On March 24, 2019 around sixty (60) gathered together to celebrate the Laura Vicuna Foundation’s (LVF) Gratitude Day with the theme: “Pamilyang Salesyano Walang Iwanan Patungo sa Kabanalan”. It started with a Holy Mass officiated by Fr. Dennis Soriano followed by a short program with a Hawaiian motif. Sr. Marivic in her inspirational message expounded on the acronym THANKS. She said to be trustworthy in small things, being humble, being responsible in accepting God’s will, nurturing what God has given to each one of us, doing everything with kindness and being of service to one’s fellow men that one attains holiness. A simple agape followed.
Proclamation No. 759 s. 1996 which is the Protection and Gender-Fair Treatment of the Girl Child Week underscores the need to provide every girl who is below 18 years of age with equal opportunities and adequate protection to prepare her for the role in community development. Three (3) of our Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) girls namely Hannah Babes Yap, Jessabelle Cos and Remilyn Olediana together with Sr. Clara Alacapa, FMA participated during this celebration at Museo Pambata on March 26, 2019 with the theme “Together we stand for Her” (Tayo Para sa Kanya) which calls everyone to protect and promote child rights and welfare. The Girl-Child Week is celebrated during the 4th week of March.
As part of the Girl Child Week Celebration, the LVF girls conducted the Follow your Dream seminar-workshop to one hundred (100) students of Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School on March 25, 2019 where in the students realized that everyone has the potential to pursue one’s dream as long as they follow the steps on how to reach them.
LVF joins the National Women’s Month celebration where the empowerment of women as active contributors and claimholders of development was highlighted. This year’s theme is “We Make Change Work for Women.” LVF social worker, Ms. Mercedes Juncia, was invited by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters to give a talk on empowering women and youth so that they will not become victims of human trafficking. Eighty (80) women and youth from the Diocese of Imus, Cavite and Quezon City attended the session on March 17, 2019.
Five hundred eighty-five (585) students in two (2) schools in Quezon City namely: North Fairview High School (555) and Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School (30) were given sessions against child trafficking by the two LVF social workers on March 18 to 20, 2019. The students committed to do the following: to be educated and be abreast with the current issues, voice out and report cases of trafficking, not to trust strangers, be an advocate by means of social media and share what they have learned.
The Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) girls were invited by the Samahan ng mga Papetirs ng Pilipinas (SPP) to attend their Annual World Puppetry Day on March 21, 2019 at the Wild Life Amphitheater, Quezon City. There were interactivities and a puppet show to praise the mastership of the puppeteers.
During the culminating day of the National Child Sexual Abuse and Awareness Week (NCSAAW), the Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) girls were invited by the Tugon students for an activity at the University of the Philippines Amphitheater on March 9, 2019. The activities in the interactive booths increased their awareness in the advocacy against child sexual abuse. They also learned different skills, enjoyed themselves and bonded with the Ateneo students.
The National Council for Children's Television (NCCT), an attached agency of the Department of Education, invited LVF to its Public Consultation of the Child-Friendly Content Standards last March 14, 2019, in Luxent Hotel. Sr. Sarah Robas, FMA and Sr. Candy Carmen Balverde, FMA represented LVF during this consultation.
LVF was invited by the Council for the Welfare of Children to attend the mid-term review of violence against children on March 29th at the La Breza Hotel. LVF Social Worker Ms. Mercedes Juncia represented the Foundation. The Regional Report of the Mid Term Review ASEAN-RPA-EVAC will be used to prepare for the 7th UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2019 on the theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. Among others, the HLPF will conduct an in-depth review of SDG Goal 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”
LVF social worker Ms. Mercedes Juncia attended the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 11166 (Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act) last March 30th and 31st at the Crowne Plaza. The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and UNICEF who organized this gathering will endorse the inputs of the IRR to the Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC) for its finalization. Some of the suggested amendments include the age of HIV testing to 15 years old even without the consent of adult guardian. Funds will also be allocated for the testing centers. There is a call for other government agencies to join their resources for this cause.
Last March 24, 2019 two of the BS Social Work interns of Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias facilitated a seminar on Community Protection and Human Trafficking to the Oratorians of LVTWDC. These seminars aim to raise the awareness of children on human trafficking and how it affects them as well as how the community should protect them and how even at their young age they could protect themselves from falling victim to this unjust and immoral trade. The children are also lead to take good care of the environment as stewards of God’s creation. Workshops and other appropriate activities where conducted so that children may have a more practical experience and can hopefully apply learnings later on.
Students and trainees had a whole day #I am BRAVE( for boys), #I am GREAT (for girls) workshop facilitated by Ryan Azucena and Chelsea assisted by two BS Social Work interns of Sta Ana College. It was well participated in and appreciated by the participants. It is basically a GENDER SENSITIVITY workshop where the young are encouraged to know more about themselves, appreciate and accept their strengths and weakness, and above all increased their level of respect and sensitivity towards themselves others.
The LVWDTC consistently aims to give holistic formation to our young people thus partnership with SIKARAN begun. Many years back Grandmaster Mr. Romeo G. Banas, Sikaran’s Provincial Director and Zodiacs’ National President, together with Master Mr. Ian Negrido, Zodiacs’ National Vice-President conducted“Sikaran” with the students. Last March 29 was the culmination of the workshop which readied our students in self-defense, develop physical fitness and self-discipline.
Our trainees braved taking the NC III Book keeping Assessment Exam last March 27 and 29, 2019 and we were blessed to have 13 of them passed. TESDA pursues the assessment and certification of the competencies of the middle-level skilled workers through Philippine TVET Competency Assessment and Certification System (PTCACS). The assessment process seeks to determine whether the graduate or worker can perform to the standards expected in the workplace based on the defined competency standards. Certification is provided to those who meet the competency standards. This ensures the productivity, quality and global competitiveness of the middle-level workers. Certification is valid for 5 years and is internationally recognized.
Last March 22-24, 2019, the twenty four YS 11 learners had their Youth Encounter Retreat facilitated by Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA. Knowledge and acceptance of self is the beginning of a deep personal relationship with God. Every encounter with Him especially in His words in the Gospel is life giving and the reason for one's experience of deep joy and hope.
40 Freshmen College students of the Western Philippines University College of Education participated in the Anti-Trafficking Seminar conducted by Sr. Aleth Evangelista, FMA last March 2, 2019 in celebration of the International Women's Month. Young people of today must be aware of this modern-day slavery and horrendous crime so they can take care of themselves not to fall prey to anything that would entice them and lead them to danger.
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