PH lacks social workers

August 7, 2023 People's Tonight 498 views

LIKE other developing countries across the globe, the Philippines lacks social welfare officers, who are tasked to uplift the living conditions of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Records show that of the more than 110 million Filipinos, only 6,796 are registered social workers as of July 31, 2022.

And the Civil Service Commission (CSC), on the other hand, said there are a total of 9,541 social welfare positions in the government bureaucracy.

However, of the number, there are 2,010 positions that have yet to be filled as of June 30, 2022.

The vacant positions include social welfare officer, social worker, social welfare and development officer, provincial/city/municipal social welfare officer, the CSC said.

Thus, we doff our hat to a lady member of Congress for filing a bill which seeks to set up a scholarship program that would encourage deserving students to become professional welfare officers.

In her House Bill (HB) No. 6910, Laguna 2nd District Rep. Ruth Mariano-Hernandez said the proposed piece of legislation would address the lack of social workers across the Philippines.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of hastening the passage of HB No. 6910 if we are to address the lack of social workers in this developing Southeast Asian nation.

Ang kailangan ay ma-encourage natin ang ating mga kabataan para kumuha ng mga kursong magpapaangat sa kalidad ng buhay ng mga kawawang sektor ng lipunan.