The Beauty in Volunteerism

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I am very happy and thankful to have been given a chance to volunteer/ join Ateneo's Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services and assist / co-facilitate with their programs. In times of disasters, COPERS is there to conduct psychosocial support and psychological first aids to the survivors in partnership with the LGU's and the NGO's. 

COPERS embodies the kind of Psychology I have always wanted to be in. 

Earlier this week, we were sent to Eden Nature Park and Mountain Resort to facilitate a seminar workshop for the 4Ps of DSWD. They are social workers that are based in Compostela Valley and around Davao Oriental.

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From ADDU Web Page;
Postponed several times due to the protracted weather disturbance caused by the low pressure area hovering over Mindanao in the previous three weeks, the psychosocial support (PSS) training for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region XI finally kicked off today. Two batches of 4Ps workers are expected to take part in 3-day workshops.
Training of this first batch consisting of 42 DSWD personnel is slated for January 27 to 29, 2014 at the Eden Nature Park and Resort in Toril, Davao City. COPERS affiliates Terry Mirafuentes, Paul Martin, Rodge Lelis, and Charisse Ferraris are serving as resource persons, with the assistance of Amelia Baird, Michelle Carillo and Kenneth Ragonton.
The second batch is expected to undergo training on February 4 to 6, 2014 at the same venue. The training team assigned by COPERS on these dates includes Raissa Matunog, Ryan Europa, Mabelle Lemen, Pearl Asenjo, and Sinver Merlas.
The PSS trainees are each expected to serve 900 families in the TS Pablo-affected areas that are enrolled on the government program intended to alleviate the life conditions for the poorest of the poor.

Its a wonderful day to do good work that I love in a beautiful place with amazing people.

Eden Nature Park is 95% man-made!

 The Deer Park serves as the domicile of over thirty Philippine deer

WASH by Unicef and Save the Children was also having their seminar/ workshop in the next hall.

Co-facilitating these professionals who went through typhoon Pablo is another new experience for me. I have found a new level of respect for the vocation of being a social worker. In the midst of disasters, they are also, like us, trying to help out the best way they can while performing the jobs that was entailed to them. We need more people that gives their all for the service of their country.

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