UP College of Social Work and Community Development

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College of Social Work and Community Development
Kolehiyo ng Gawaing Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad ng Pamayanan

Established 1950
Type University of the Philippines College (officially Degree-Granting Unit)
Dean Prof.Jocelyn T. Caragay
College Secretary Dr. Ma. Theresa V. Tungpalan
Location Magsaysay St., UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Website UP College of Social Work and Community Development

Academic Departments


College of Social Work and Community Development

Academic excellence in the service of the nation and the global community through participatory, gender responsive, empowering and transformative development praxis.


College of Social Work and Community Development

Katarungan, Kapayapaan at Likas-Kayang Kaginhawahang Pinagsasaluhan ng Bayan at Sanlibutan (Justice, peace and sustainable well-being shared by the Filipino people and the global community)

Core Values

CSWCD’s development praxis is anchored on people’s participation and empowerment, personal and social transformation, solidarity with marginalized groups, and gender-responsiveness.

Its pursuit of academic excellence rests on integration of theory and practice, and is infused with passionate scholarship, critical thinking, innovativeness and creativity…

Degree Offerings

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Community Development

Bachelor of Science in Community Development (BSCD)

This four-year undergraduate course prepares students for community practice, social action, and extension services. the curriculum is divided into three clusters namely:

   Perspective in Development
   Development Policies and Programs
   Methods and Skills in Organizing

Bachelor of Science in Social Work An undergraduate program that prepares students for direct practice in social work with individuals, families, groups and communities. There are 69 units of general education courses and 71 units of professional courses covering four curricular areas:

   Human Behavior and the Social Environment
   Social Welfare Policies Programs and Services
   Social Work Practice
   Field Instruction

Graduate Programs

* Master of Science in Community Development

The MCD program is designed as advanced training in Community Development with three areas of studies namely:

1. Community Organizing Practice (COP)

2. Community Development Planning (CDP)

3. Community Leadership and Organizational Development (CLOD)

The MCD Program requires either a thesis or a comprehensive examination for graduation.

  • Master of Science in Social Work

A post baccalaureate degree program that prepares students for leadership in policy advocacy, with particular focus on the development of innovative practice models. It is offered in two tracks:

   MSW Plan A: 36 units WITH THESIS but no comprehensive examination
   Plan B: 39 units without thesis but WITH COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION 

* Master of Science in Women and Development

The Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS), whose creation was approved by the UP Board of Regents on March 29, 2000, was originally the Women and Development Program which was established in 1987. The DWDS’ Diploma and Master of Arts in Women and Development are pioneering programs in women and gender studies in the Asia-Pacific region and remain the only ones being offered in the Philippines. The DWDS aims to provide a historical and comprehensive perspective to the study of gender and development particularly in the context of the South and the Philippines.

Its objectives include:

   To examine the conditions and positions of women and men in the local, national, regional, and global setting;
   To conduct and disseminate researches toward greater participation and empowerment of women in the context of more equitable gender relations;
   To assess development frameworks and strategies as these affect women and men, and encourage the formulation and propagation of alternatives which aim to strengthen the women’s movements and organizations vis-à-vis larger formations of women and men;
   To critique existing theories and at the same time engage in theory building which can better capture the realities and perspectives of women and men in the Philippines and other countries in the South;
   To provide theoretical knowledge and advanced competencies in gender-related teaching , research, project and program planning and management, gender mainstreaming, organizing and training through direct field experiences; and
   To facilitate advocacy of women’s and gender issues and networking for gender equality, and women’s rights and empowerment.

* Doctor in Social Development

Social Development is an area of study that provides an analytical understanding of development issues linked to social forces which influence the lives of multitudes of people. It is concerned with addressing social problems that influence economic progress, human security and well-being, and innovates and analyzes strategies for the enhancement of a people-centered development.

The Doctor of Social Development program puts emphasis on the development of knowledge from the ground, and theorizing from below, as bases for the enrichment of teaching, scholarship, research, and practice in social development.

It transcends disciplinal boundaries by taking the individual, the family, the community, organizations, and the larger society as the focal points for the analysis of development issues and as the fulcrum for programs and interventions aimed at the attainment of total human development.

The program is concerned with the analysis, reflection, formulation, and implementation of participatory processes in development strategies and responses, to promote human rights and attain social justice, gender equality, and people’s empowerment.

It aims to develop advanced competency among professionals, practitioners, and academics in Social Development. Its objectives are:

1. To equip field Social Development practitioners with the conceptual and methodological tools to synthesize their experiences, thus enabling them to theorize from below and contribute to the body of knowledge in social development. 2. To prepare Social Development graduates with competencies in conceptualizing, formulating, and evaluating social policies and programs, thus contributing to more relevant, effective, and efficient services for the poor and the marginalized sectors. 3.To produce top caliber Social Development educators in both formal and non-formal setting in the fields of social work, community development, women and development, and other related fields, thus enhancing the development of the disciplines and becoming partners in the promotion of academic excellence in the field of social development. 4. To enable Social Development researchers, particularly in applied, participatory, action-oriented and feminist research, to venture into the unexplored, to critique and identify potential sources of new ideas, at the same time working for changes in the lives of the people and communities. 5. To train other Social Development professionals in identifying and integrating social factors, community based approaches, gender and human rights dimensions in development initiatives, thus ensuring the social soundness of the programs and projects and the protection of people and communities from the adverse consequences of development.

Diploma Programs

  • Diploma in Community Development

This is a one-year post baccalaureate course specially designed as an intermediate program to reinforce professional training and experience in community development.

  • Diploma in Social Work

A post baccalaureate degree program that intends to respond to the continuing education needs of experienced social work practitioners, particularly in relation to their direct practice and supervisory functions. Enrollees on a full-time basis can complete the program in one year. As a ladder type program, the Diploma units may be credited towards the Master of Social Work degree



Initiated as a Social Welfare Section within the Department of Sociology and Social Welfare in 1950 in the then College of Liberal Arts, the present College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) became a separate Department of Social Work by 1961 and evolved into the Institute of Social Work and Community Development in 1969 through R.A. 5174 which was passed in 1967. Its reclassification as a full-fledged college was prompted by the University’s move to standardize the nomenclature of academic units performing similar functions. The CSWCD offers graduate and undergraduate programs in both social work and community development, as well as graduate programs on women and development.

Historical Milestones

1950 – The CSWCD began as an academic sub-unit of the College of Liberal Arts in the newly created Department of Sociology and Social Welfare.

1961 – The College of Liberal Arts launched the Department of Social Work in recognition of the increasing demand for social work and community development professionals.

1965 – The passage of RA 4373 established the Bachelor of Science in Social Work as the educational requirement for the practice of the profession.

1967 – The passage of RA 5174 established the Institute of Social Work and Community Development (ISWCD) at UP, providing funds for a separate building. It also gave birth to the Department of Community Development.

1987 – From ISWCD to CSWCD, the Institute was reclassified as a full-fledged college.

1989 – CSWCD’s commitment to marginalized women and their communities gave birth to the inclusion of a graduate degree program in Women and Development Studies. it became a full-fledged Department in 2001.

CSWCD Administration

College Secretary
Department Chair, Department of Community Development
Department Chair, Department of Social Work
Department Chair, Department of Women and Development Studies
Director, Doctor in Social Development Program
Director, Research and Extension for Development Office
Coordinator, DSW Field Instruction Program
Coordinator, DCD Field Instruction Program
Coordinator, DWDS Field Instruction Program
  • Ms. Leonida A. dela Cruz
College Librarian
  • Ms. Mary Jane R. Demegillo
Administrative Officer


  • Cayetano L. Santiago, Jr. Scholarship
  • Esther C. Viloria Scholarship
  • Josefina B. Joson / German B. Castillo Scholarship
  • Luis H. Lim Memorial Foundation Scholarship
  • Petra R. de Joya Trust Scholarship
  • Raymond F. Johnson Scholarship
  • Rutsuki Fujisaki Friendship Memorial Scholarship
  • Sigma Delta Phi Alumnae Association
  • Soledad A. Florendo Memorial Scholarship


REDO Training Course Offerings 2015

The Sikhay Kilos Development Association Inc, is a partner institution of the UP-CSWCD composed of its faculty, staff and students. As its name connotes, “Sikhay” means conscientious and principled initiative while “Kilos” literally means action. Sikhay Kilos aims to advance the welfare concerns of the poor, marginalized and/or vulnerable groups and communities in the Philippines. Further, it seeks to develop, initiate and implement programs and projects in social development; disseminate knowledge and establish partnerships and linkages in pursuing its goals. These goals are in line with the vision of the College that focus on the promotion of justice, peace and sustainable well-being shared by the Filipino people and the global community.

The Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO) is one of the academic units of the UP-CSWCD who shares this mission and carry this out through its research, extension and publication programs. Specifically, REDO’s functions include (1) theory-building as support to academe; (2) capability building as support to people’s movement and/or social change through training of community leaders and development professionals; and (3) advocacy and networking to influence policies and programs in relation to social development endeavors.

As an extension arm of the College, REDO conducts training programs for development workers and community leaders in the areas of social development. Below are the training courses to be offered for the last quarter of 2015.

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Development Projects

People can only claim ownership of community development projects if they have participated meaningfully in its development and management. The three-day, live-out seminar workshop in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation aims to equip social development practitioners with knowledge and skills to strengthen people’s involvement, enhance their capacities and increase their confidence in the decision making processes, thereby, sustaining development projects. Further, the training course aims to enhance the understanding and capabilities of participants in developing appropriate participatory monitoring and evaluation systems for their respective community projects and programs.

The training program is intended for Program/Project Managers, Development Planners, Program/Project Evaluators/Analysts, Community Organizers, Community Development Workers, Social Workers, other Social Development Practitioners, Social Researchers and Social Science Graduate Students who are into projects in agriculture, environment, housing, health, education, livelihood, disaster preparedness, infrastructure or any programs and services involving poor or vulnerable groups like farmers, informal settlers, children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities, among others.

Dates: Fee: Php 7,500.00 Contact Person: Leah B. Angeles/Michelle Madali/Catharine Adaro Venue: Bulwagang Tandang Sora (BTS), UP-CSWCD

Community Organizing Amidst Evolving Concerns in Social Development

This course aims to provide the participants with an overview of the concepts, processes, and approaches in organizing work in the context of Philippine reality. In-depth analysis of case studies on the emerging trends in social movements such as involvement of people’s organizations’ leaders in local and national governance, gender mainstreaming and the integration of disaster risk reduction and management in organizing will be presented. The course seeks to enhance the organizing skills of the participants that will aid them in preparing a re-entry plan with their respective organizations.

Dates: Fee: Php 10,000.00 Contact Person: Celeste F. Vallejos/Michelle Madali/Mary Antonnette F. de Leon Venue: Bulwagang Tandang Sora (BTS), UP-CSWCD

Enhancing the Supervisor’s Capability in Mentoring/Coaching

The three day, live-out training aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of middle level supervisors in providing the needed support to improve the functioning of the supervisees. The focus is on making them proactive in intervening when there are performance gaps among the supervisees and systematically and purposively providing opportunities for their growth in their work. Mentoring is an important task of the supervisor. However, his/her administrative responsibilities usually take precedence over upgrading the supervisee’s performance. Coaching is guiding and instructing an employee on how to do a job so that it satisfies performance goals. On the other hand, mentoring is providing guidance, advice, and encouragement through an ongoing one-on-one work relationship (Samuel Certo, Supervision, 2006)

Date: December 7-9, 2011 Fee: Php 7,500.00 Contact Person: Dr. Leticia S. Tojos /Michelle Madali Venue: Bulwagang Tandang Sora (BTS), UP-CSWCD

For interested participants, please fax the following information to(632) 9242143 or (632) 9298438 or email them to redo.cswcd@up.edu.ph

Name Position Organization Address Tel & Cellphone Nos. Email Address

A non-refundable reservation fee of Php 1,500.00, deductible from the full payment of registration, is required. The registration fee is inclusive of the cost of training materials, food (2 snacks &lunch daily) and training certificate. Please send your payment to:

Account Name: Sikhay Kilos Development Association, Inc. Account No: PNB Savings Combo No. 4060-8400-0021

For further inquiries, please get in touch with the contact person/s of the respective training course as previously indicated at the following numbers: (632) 981-8500 local 4107 or (632) 9242143.

Official Website

==Telephone Numbers==

Fax: 929-8438

UP Trunkline 981 8500
Local 4103 &4106 - Admin. Office


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