The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Ms. Annabelle S. Mendez in coordination with the Department Social Welfare and Development Office 10 spearheaded the two-day Gender Responsive Case Management Training for Registered Social Workers at Mindanao Civic Center Hotel Function Hall on September 26 to 27, 2019.

PSWDO social workers and local social workers from the 22 municipalities were called to attend the training to enhance their knowledge in managing cases of abuse against women and children within their community.

Case management is the organization and coordination of a network of formal and informal activities, services, and supports designed to optimize the well-being a person. It is also collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive needs through communication and available resources to promote victim-survivors safety, quality of care, and cost effective outcomes.

The competency of social workers on case management is essential in dealing with alarming number of abuse or exploitation cases among women and children at the community level. Case managers who deals with court cases involving women and children need this competency to provide appropriate interventions and be able to design quality evaluation for the best interests of the clients.

The objectives of the training are: To capacitate local social workers in handling cases for abused or exploited women and children; to ensure available competent case managers in the province in response to increasing number of cases among women and children.

In addition, the training also addressed the competency gap for case management among case managers.

Five (5) modules were discussed during the two-day training: Module 1-Gender Matters. The objectives in this topic are; To differentiate between and gender, Acknowledge that gender constructs are learned, fluid and diverse, and; Analyze and explain manifestations of gender bias as experienced in the family, community and society in general. Module 2-The Personal is Political. Case management inevitably brings case manager and survivor of gender violence in a relationship that may be framed beyond the professional. The case manager’s personal value system and own life experiences may affect positively or negatively the case management process. The purpose of the second module is to increase self-awareness in terms of how one’s personal background- economic class, ethnicity, gender, educational status, religion, age, and office title, among others – and experiences shape and influence our beliefs, attitudes, values, practices and relationships as professionals. Module 3-Use of Gender Responsive and Empowering Language. Encourage the use of gender fair language. Module 4-GRCM Concepts, Perspectives, and Principles. The objectives are: Demonstrate how power is embedded in social relationships, and how power intersects with gender, and how it affects one’s access to resources, opportunities, privileges, and even success to justice. This module also illustrates the root causes, contributing factors, consequences or effects, and types of gender-based violence. Determines the difference a gender perspective makes in social work case management, especially in handling cases of violence against women, and Recognize the application of human rights, strengths and gender perspectives in the analysis of violence against women and children. Module 5-Phases in GRCM. It discussed the following: Initial Supportive Responses, Gender-Based Assessment and GRCM Tools, Intervention Planning and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Closure and Follow-up.

The training was facilitated by the officers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office Region 10. PIO-LDN