The first step to change is awareness.
This was the driving idea behind the 2-day Agency Fair Exhibit, held last January 31 to February 1 at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV). The event was organized by freshmen students from the institution’s Department of Social Work to provide NGOs an avenue for sharing of mutual knowledge, expertise and resources.
Centered on the theme, "Contribution and Challenges of Social Welfare in Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction," the Valenzuela City Social Welfare and Development Office and other participating NGOs outside Valenzuela City including the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF), NORFIL Foundation Inc., SPECS Foundation, Ka-entrep Foundation, and Children’s Hour, campaigned for their initiatives through video presentations and engagement with PLV students.
Ma. Fatima De Guzman, a social worker from participating NGO NORFIL Foundation Inc., acknowledges this exhibit as an opportunity to advance their advocacy of protecting vulnerable children.
On their end, Mrs. Precy Vallarta, adviser of the Department of Social Work, believes that NGOs play a crucial role in uplifting the development of the neglected and deprived sectors of the country, hence the inauguration of the event.
She also pegged this event as an eye-opener of sorts for the students to make them realize that they each have a role to play in contributing back to society.
“Ang PLV community ay nangangailangan ng malalim na kamalayan hindi lang karunungan para makita at malaman nila ang mga dapat nilang gampanan,” added Mrs. Vallarta.