By Samantha L. Colinco
FIVE GRADUATES FROM the Silliman University (SU) Social Work Department (SWD) passed this year’s social work licensure exam.
Fritsie Dela Peña,
Christine Angelie Catacutan
Hya Josefa Jiliane Ventolero.
SU’s 75 percent passing rate is higher than the 55 percent national passing rate.
Of the six SU students who took the exam, one did not pass because of health problems. Dr. Emervencia Ligutom, SU SWD chair, said that the students’ successful results were because of the department’s high standard social work education, which includes a built-in review in one of their subjects.
“Social work students are on the right track if they are concerned about what’s happening to the country and about the delivery of services in the country. Being here in the department is one way they could develop their commitment to service,” she said.
One of the passers, Christine Angelie Catacutan, said that to prepare for the exam she read books, prayed, ate healthy, had a proper sleeping routine and allowed herself to watch movies once in a while as a form of reward and relaxation.
“I want to work as a social worker at the Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD), so I can hone my skills while serving the marginalized sector and helping the economically challenged individuals to fight for their rights,” Catacutan said. SU opened social work first as a course in 1969 and eventually as a department in 1974. To date, SU SWD has produced three social workers who have been named Outstanding Social Workers by the Department of Social Welfare
and Development’s national office. Lani Placencia, SWD secretary, said that social work education in Silliman is at par with international standards.
“Unlike some graduates of medical courses who do not immediately work according to their field, social work graduates who seek work abroad really work as social workers and with not so much additional requirements,” she added.
Currently, 52 students are enrolled at the SWD – a 73 percent increase from last year’s 38 mark.