CESB Runs 14th Paglaum Session in Manila

30 June 2017

The Career Executive Service Board opens the 14th Session of Paglaum Training Workshop on 27 June at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros. The workshop was participated in by twenty-three (23) delegates from the different government offices, namely: the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration, City Government of Manila, Parole and Probation Administration, and the Department of Education. The PCOO heads the workshop delegation as it is deemed critical to raise awareness of media practitioners on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) because they are among the first few people who come in contact with disaster/calamity survivors.

In welcoming the workshop participants, CESB Executive Director Allones informed the participants that the objective of the program is to grow the pool of hope-bearers who are ready to bring hope and light in the midst of hopelessness and darkness that persists as the world experiences natural and manmade calamities. She challenged the workshop participants to consciously choose the path of light and be a blessing to others.

A three day workshop, Paglaum aims to build foundational competencies on providing psychosocial first aid and support in post-disaster situations. The workshop title “Paglaum” is a Visayan and Bicolano word for hope that describes the goal of the program which is to rekindle the hope of survivors that will enable them to rebuild their lives. Paglaum training graduates are called 'hope-bearers' to affirm their newly acquired calling to give hope to others after having completed the training.

The workshop is facilitated by licensed psychologists Tomas Alejo S. Batalla, Priscilla "Peachy" Gonzalez-Fernando and Alyda Yasmin A. Keh. Now on its third year, the workshop follows a new framework of “Paghilom, Pakikipag-ugnayan, Paglaum Patungo sa Ginhawa”, which focuses on helping hope-bearers achieve personal healing and be better instruments for bringing hope and recovery to others.

In the next three days, workshop participants will be involved in various structured learning exercises and lectures on self-awareness and personal healing, communication and Psychological First Aid (PFA) concepts and application.