TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – Some 35 social workers from this province joined a 2-day Psychosocial Processing Training conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 10 last June 29-30, 2022, held at the MCC Hotel Function Hall.
The said training aims to equip local social workers by enhancing their skills in addressing the emotional and psychosocial needs of internally displaced persons, especially during and after emergencies or disasters.
Representative Psychometricians from the DSWD10, Vanessa Mae B. Salvaña, and Riza June C. Cabanlit facilitated the training that was assisted and co-facilitated by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), headed by Ms. Annabelle Mendez.
The Philippines is among the topmost vulnerable countries in the world to natural disasters and climate impacts, and like all other places in the globe, Lanao del Norte was not spared by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disasters can be severe, cause mass destruction, and affect millions of people, placing a strain on their mental health. In a post-trauma scenario, raised degrees of stress could lead to depression and other mental illnesses, especially among those who have lost their loved ones and livelihood, which is why the DSWD is pushing programs to provide mental and emotional support to disaster/calamity victims.
“This training is very vital for our social workers for them to clearly identify mental and psychosocial problems of persons affected by disasters and explore some solutions for these. Mental health is just as important as physical health,” Ms. Mendez said. PIO-LDN