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ICON joins World Social Work Day celebration, inducts officers

The Iloilo Coalition of Non-government Organizations and People’s Organizations (ICON) joined the celebration of World Social Work Day on March 19. Held at Central Philippine University, the celebration started with a forum which was sponsored by the University’s Department of Social Work. ICON co sponsored the forum as part of the network’s regular monthly forum. It was participated in by over 100 social work students, social workers from various provinces in Western Visayas, and NGO partners. 

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The theme for the celebration is “ Promoting Social and Economic Equalities.” Two ICON officers served as panelists to the forum after the presentation of Miss Evangeline Felecio who served as speaker. Felecio is the Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Field Office 6. The ICON officers in the panel were Ms. Febie Ibojos and Bro. Edwin Arana. Atty. Ma. Dolores Nalumen, national officer of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) gave words of inspiration. Also an Ilongga, she is a retired Regional Director of the Probation and Parole Administration- Western Visayas.

After the forum, the officers and board of directors of ICON were inducted into office while social workers continued their celebration at the Department of Social Work .

DSWD FO6 ARD Evangeline Felecio inducts the ICON Officers. (L-R) Rev. Edwin I. Lariza, president; Bro. Edwin Arana, 1st vice president; Ted Aldwin Ong, VP for NGOs; Eleazar R. Blando, general secretary; Febie S. Ibojos, treasurer; Sandy Mecuando III, auditor; Prof. Ruben Gamala, PRO; Sunshine Arquintillo, Engr. Levi De los Santos, Freddie Salvania and Stazy Vencer, board of directors. Not in the picture are Georie Pitong, VP for POs; Prof. Kareen Jay D. Lozada, secretary; Pastor Renato Fetalsana and Dr. Johnny Villanueva, board of directors.

World Social Work Day is the annual opportunity to advocate a social work perspective in political systems that effect the wellbeing of peoples and to celebrate the social work contribution to societies. Social work has a critical role in the promotion of social and economic equalities and in striving for a people-focused and regulated economy. 

The theme is one of the areas of a global movement launched by social workers in 2010 to address the major challenges of our societies. It was in Hongkong when over three thousand Social Work practitioners, educators, and development workers launched the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Reprotedly, based on the decisions reached at the Hong Kong conference, the leadership of the three international organizations (International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)) representing the entire spectre of Social Work Practice, Social Work Education and Social Development Work globally, have agreed on a set of objectives to meet joint aspirations for social justice and social development.

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ICON elects officers

The Iloilo Coalition of NGOs and POs (ICON) has recently elected new set officers to lead the network for two years. Led by Rev. Edwin I. Lariza, as president, the other officers corresponding respective organizations are as follows: Bro. Edwin D. Araña, 1st Vice President, Creative Community Foundation; Mr. Ted Aldwin Ong, Vice President for NGOs, Freedom from Debt Coalition-Iloilo; Ms. Georie Pitong, Vice President for POs, Magsasaka at Siyentipiko sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG); Mr. Eleazar R. Blando, General Secretary, Young Men Christian Association of Iloilo; Prof. Kareen Jay D. Lozada, Secretary, National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. Western Visayas; Mrs. Febie S. Ibojos, Treasurer, Signpost International, Inc.; Mr. Sandy Mecuando III, Auditor, Alliance of Social Workers, Welfare and Development advocates for Integrated service and Nationalism (ASIN); Prof. Ruben Gamala, Public Relations Officer, VOICE- Visayas.


The following are the members of the Board of Directors: Miss Sunshine Grace Arquintillo, Volunteers for Integrated Public Service; Engr. Levi De Los Santos,Jr., University Outreach Center, Central Philippine University; Pastor Renato Fetalsana, Convention Baptist Ministers Association; Mr. Freddie Salvania, CPU Katin-aran Communities,,Inc;, Miss Stazy T. Vencer, Junior Social Workers Association; and Dr. Johnny Villanueva, Association of NSTP Coordinators-Western Visayas.

The induction of officers has been set on March 19 during the monthly forum sponsored by ICON and the Department of Social Work, Central Philippine University. The date falls on the celebration of the World Social Work Day under the banner of the Global Agenda’s theme “Promoting Social and Economic Equalities.” Rev. Lariza, ICON president, is the chairman of the Department of Social Work.


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