2013-asia-pacific-regional-social-work-conference-59President Benigno S. Aquino III called on social workers to work together with government in the launching of various movements for environmental protection, disaster preparedness, and risk reduction.”To rise to the challenges posed by climate change, we must build consensus among nations and launch synergized yet locally relevant movements for environmental protection, disaster preparedness, and risk reduction,” the Chief Executive said in his message to international social workers organizations on the occasion of the 2013 Asia Pacific Regional Social Work Conference.

The International Federation of Social Workers Asian & Pacific Association for Social Work Education, the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. and the National Association of Social Work, Inc. opened on Tuesday the 2013 Asia Pacific Regional Social Work Conference at the Manila Hotel.

The conference which has for its theme “Social Work Amidst Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Building Capacities and Global Partnership” will end on Thursday.

“Your expertise as agents of social advancement lends effectiveness to these frameworks, by ensuring that they complement our localities’ ethno-cultural milieu and correspond to the particular needs of our communities,” the President said.

“May this convention help you actualize this agenda, and establish long-term commitments to development throughout the region,” he said.