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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the primary welfare agency of the government has continuously extended support not only for the promotion of social work education and practice but also other allied courses and professions.

One of the strategies undertaken by the department is the Student Training Program (STP). This is one of DSWD’s regular training programs, for graduate and undergraduate students of various courses such as Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Law, Statistics, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry. Other students who are enrolled in courses like Business Administration, Computer Secretarial, Office Administration are also encouraged to take their on-the-job-training at DSWD.

On one hand, the student training program aim to provide undergraduate students with learning opportunities which will help them apply theories learned in school in actual practice and help students acquire skills and develop beginning competencies in preparation for future employment.

On the other hand , it also aims to provide experiences to graduate students to enhance their competencies in preparation for their expanded role in the area of advanced direct practice, social/ public administration, conductor, and research or in the field of social policy, Studies on individuals in especially difficult circumstances, community development, case works, group work and others.

Students taking on-the-job-training at DSWD may be assigned in the field office and centers, which enable them to work with a team consisting of registered social workers, psychologist, and community facilitators among others. They will also have the opportunity to attend meetings, staff development sessions and other activities in his/her area of assignment.

 Queenie Esgana, 19 years old and an intern from Cebu Eastern College said her internship with DSWD helped her explore her writing skills especially on feature story and straight news, which is very useful in her chosen field. “We also have honed our skills in photography. Interacting with different stakeholders like local government units and non-government organizations also enhanced our communication skills,” she added.

 Esgana considered being an intern in DSWD-7 as a great opportunity because they learned a lot about how DSWD works as an agency.

“We realized that experiences can mold us into a better person and enlighten our minds. Everyday during our internship, we saw the perseverance and determination of DSWD personnel to manage their day to day task to be able to serve the people,” Esgana opined.

 “It was not an easy work for me, “said intern June Leslie Dalaguit, 21 years old. She said however, that with the help and guidance of their supervisors they learned to prioritize their work.

“I will treasure all the memories I have with DSWD and apply the things I have learned in my internship,” Dalaguit said.

The Department encourages students to have their on-the-job training with them and experience a comprehensive student training program where they can have the opportunity to work with different clientele groups.

“Working at DSWD-7 is also fun and provides you the assurance that at work, we cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end,” Dalaguit concluded. (PR-Vannesa Villarubia and Mischelle Rosales, CEC Interns)

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