The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) of the Holy Cross of Davao College has secured the Level 1 Accreditation of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) recently.
BSSW program chairperson Cirila Lilibeth Panes said the program abides with the recommendation of PAASCU during its initial formal visit in 2016.
“For the public kasi, kung accredited ka, nasa mind jud nila na standard ni na school. The parents will decide to send their children sa standard na mga school and that is Holy Cross. Among the catholics schools in Davao, Holy Cross ang most affordable na tuition (For the public, once accredited, they will think that this school has high standards. The parents will decide to send their children to standard schools and that is Holy Cross of Davao College. Among the catholic schools in Davao, HCDC offers the most affordable tuition),” she said.
Panes stated that the biggest challenge in getting accredited is to comply with the number of faculty in the program. She said that they cannot hire a faculty member without a Master’s Degree, and most of the graduates of BSSW do not have the interest to further their study as they are preoccupied with the direct practice.
Moreover, the board passing rate of the BSSW started to increase above national passing after the initial formal visit and the program has been able to maintain it since.
The program’s linkages with the government is strong, and they have been awarded by the city government for their community engagement on war on drugs for the past two years.
Since the accreditation, there are now changes in the priorities of the program including the direction of the BSSW.
According to Panes, the program will also start offering certificate programs.
“The Social Work program aspires to become a Social Work College just like College of Criminology and College of Tourism, because we will be offering a non-board course which is Bachelor of Science in Community Development,” she added.
Panes further encouraged students who are planning to take BSSW to continue this path because the society needs more social workers. According to her, as long as there are poor in the society, oppressed and destitutes, social workers are needed. (Hannah Grace Singson, BA Comm Intern)