By Hannah Torregoza
Social workers especially in rural areas should work together to support the sectors that have been neglected and forgotten due to the government’s inaction or apathy.
Senator Leila de Lima reiterated this appeal to social workers and to non-government organizations and institutions as well, as she underscored the need for them to unite in order to raise awareness and improve the living standards of poor Filipino families.
“Bilang mga lingkod-bayan at mamamayan, hangga’t mayroon pa ring mga gurong tumatawid ng mga ilog at bundok para makapagturo sa mga maralita, hangga’t may mga batang nakikipagpatintero sa mga sasakyan sa kalsada para lamang mamalimos at magtinda (As public servants and members of the community, as long as there are teachers who cross rivers and mountains just to teach the poor, as long as there are children begging in the streets),”
“Hangga’t may mga kababayan tayong kapos pa rin ang inihahaing pagkain para sa pamilya sa kabila ng doble-kayod na pagsasaka, pangingisda at pamamasada, nagpapatuloy ang ating obligasyon na siguruhing makahabol at sa kalauna’y makasabay sa pag-unlad ang mga matagal nang naaapi at naisasantabi, (As long as we have fellowmen who remain poor despite their efforts at farming, fishing and driving, we have a continuing obligation to ensure we can help improve the lives of those who are oppressed and neglected),” the detained senator said.
The opposition senator made the appeal in view of the country’s observance of the Social Welfare Week, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1.
Social Welfare Week primarily highlights the responsibility of social workers and other groups and individuals engaged in social-economic development to enhance their efforts in creating a society “that attains the full economic and social development of our people.”
De Lima, a former justice secretary, lamented that the citizenry has witnessed how the Duterte administration miserably failed the Filipino people with its broken promises for the past three years.
“Instead of uplifting the plight of our poor countrymen, they were victimized by violence and killings, and were continuously taken for a ride by the plunderers, thieves, and traitors in government to further propel themselves to power,” she said.