Pasay Social Welfare Department Chief bags International Foundation Award
Pasay City Social Worker Department (PSWD) Chief Rosalinda Orobia received the much coveted special award from the international organization for her exemplary service to the Yolanda Victims.
One of the five awardees, Orobia bagged the Search for Exemplary Registered Government Social Worker Trophy given by the Consuelo Foundation, an international organization with bases in Hawaii and the Philippines that support programs that prevent, treat abuse and neglect the exploitation of children, men and families.
“I feel surprised and at the same time grateful that an international organization noticed our dedication to our work. At the end, we are just doing our job. The recognition and appreciation is a source of inspiration, I would like to pass my knowledge to the younger social workers and train them in providing better services to the community” Orobia said.
In her 32 years of service, Orobia stressed that social workers should understand and fight for what the community needs and possess the human touch to properly assess situations of their clients.
“Aside from a 4 year course and the board exam, a social worker should be able to look deeper in the situation to provide appropriate action, like in the case of child offenders, one should also check his family background and the possible reasons why the act was committed” Orobia added.
Orobia spearheaded the immediate relief and rehabilitation effort for the Yolanda Victims who were temporarily placed in Villamor Pasay City.
“We made sure that by the time they went back to the province, they will have something, we provided them financial assistance and at the same time we became part of the healing process of those who were affected because I believe that after care is also part of a Social Worker’s job” she said.
City Administrator Dennis Acorda during the Foundation interview proudly mentioned the vast positive changes that occurred under Orobia’s leadership. Orobia’s workmates and subordinates in the PSWD were also respondents in the series of interviews conducted by the Foundation which is part of the criteria for the award.
Press Release: Pasay City- Public Information Office
Tuesday, April 28, 2015