"From the moment that I started taking up social work, I already told myself that I will do my share in giving back to my community and my country. Practicing this profession is my way of paying it forward because I feel that I am not only doing a one-time act of generosity but really reaching out to individuals and communities as a professional social worker who can help effect positive change that will move everyone forward in the coming years".
 

Maria Lourdes Fugoso-Alcain graduated cum laude in Social Work in 2003 and placed 5th in the Social Work Licensure Exam that same year.  She started out as a Crisis Counselor in ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163 and rose to supervisory level in three years. She then moved on to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) where she worked as a Social Welfare Officer, assigned to develop new technologies and programs for the most vulnerable sectors of our society.  In 2009 she was awarded an 18-month internship in the Cultural and Exchange Visitor Program of the American Youth Work Center based in Washington, D.C. USA. Together with other junior social work professionals, she provided services to homeless, trafficked, prostituted and abused youth and youth in-conflict with the law, through counseling and by helping them gain access to health, social welfare, educational and legal services.

She currently works as a Project Coordinator for the Social Protection Convergence project of DSWD, Department of Health, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs of DSWD.  Together with her social worker husband, she continues to help abused women and children.  Wanting to make a bigger impact on society, she enrolled in the College of Law at the University of the Philippines, Diliman where she is now a 4th year student.  She looks forward to becoming a lawyer-social worker when she graduates in 2013, so she can make “quality social, educational and legal services more accessible to those in need”.


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