Davao City – In its continuing effort of enhancing professional competence to be able to best provide the needs of the disadvantaged populace, the Davao City Chapter of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) holds its Annual General Assembly and Election of Officers on July 30 at the 8th Flr, Xavier Bldg., Ateneo de Davao University.

PASWI Davao President and DSWD Chief for Policy and Plans Division Estrella D. Brigole said the assembly will bring together Davao City-based social workers from various sectors such as National Government, Non-Government, Local Government Unit, Academe, Medical, Industry as well as private practitioners.

The theme for this year’s gathering is “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People: Readiness, Opportunities and Challenges”, Brigole said.

PASWI is the only accredited professional organization of social workers in the whole Philippines. With over 100 members who are all registered professional social workers, PASWI-Davao will also co-host in September the Mindanao Regional Convention of Social Workers, Brigole added.

The organization is focused in promoting the cause of the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of society and enhancing the knowledge and skills of the social work professionals.

Past projects of PASWI-Davao include Fun Run For-A-Cause, skills enhancement seminars on Compassion Fatigue and Personality Enhancement, annual celebration of the World Social Work Day, annual conduct of General Assembly, and annual hosting of the Oath Taking Ceremony for the Passers of the Social Work Licensure Examination.

Other PASWI-Davao officers are Melba L. Manapol (Vice President); Samuel Marlixandro Eblamo (Secretary); Teresita A. Pioncio (Treasurer); Rodrigo O. Roble Jr. (Auditor); Norman B. Baloro (Public Relations Officer); and Jacqueline Cecil P. Larena, Kristofferson Morales, and Ma. Lourdes Fe F. Tiangco (Board of Directors). (DSWD)