UP President Danilo Concepcion made his first official visit to the UP Diliman College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), which he hailed as a unit which has compassion a founding principle. This is significant for Concepcion, who has declared compassion as a pillar of his administration, aside from honor and excellence.
“Sa bigkas pa lamang po ng inyong kolehiyo, hinding-hindi tayo magkakamali o mag-aalinlangan na ang pakay sa pagkakatatag ng kolehiyong ito ay pagmamalasakit sa kapwa at sa bayan,“ Concepcion said in his inspirational message to the college.
He was the guest of honor, together with the former Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary and CSWCD alumna, Dinky Soliman, at the College’s Service Awards ceremony on February 24, 2017 at the Bulwagang Tandang Sora, UP Diliman.
“Kung may puwang dito sa ating unibersidad kung saan ang pagmamalasakit ay s’yang gabay at takaran ng kaisipan, pananaw at paglikha, ito ay matatagpuan sa College of Social Work and Community Development,” Concepcion said.
“Hindi man ninyo napagtatanto nang lubos, nasa kaibuturan ng inyong puso ang isang malalim na pagbibigay-kahulugan sa salitang malasakit. Hindi man ninyo nabibigyan ng puna, malasakit ang buod at diwa ng kaalamang inyong ikinikintal sa isip ng lahat ng mga mag-aaral na dito sa inyong kolehiyo ay pinadpad ng kanilang maalab na damdaming maglingkod at tumulong,” Concepcion added.
In his vision statement, Concepcion said: “Simply put, compassion is responsiveness to the concerns of UP’s stakeholders.” He asked the question how UP could engender compassion in its culture, and then offered a number of answers, including: incentives, improvement of general education, interaction between academic and non-academic personnel, support of personnel, and expansion of the UP constituency to include other communities.
He described the service awards as recognition of compassion for the profession, the University, and the country. The CSWCD confers the awards on constituents who have rendered more than 10 years of service. This year they included: REPS and administrative staff member Rosita Zamora, who has rendered 40 years service; Fe Ticzon, 35 years; Perfecto Solitario, 20 years; and Celeste Vallejos, 10 years.
Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, who has served CSWCD for 20 years as faculty member, spoke for the awardees.
Soliman delivered a lecture on what constitutes an ideal civil servant based on lessons she learned from being a member of government.
The occasion also saw the launching of the 2016 Philippine Journal of Social Development and the recognition of its authors, as well as CSWCD authors of other renowned publications. (Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, UP MPRO)