Bachelor of Science in Social Work Focusing on Mindanao’s Tri-People

The Assumption College of Davao, Davao City, Southern Philippines, offers a Bachelor Program with a special focus on Mindanao Tri-people o Lumads (indigenous people), Moro and lowland settlers. A Bachelor degree is a 4-year study in total of 186 credits, 52 credits per year.

English is the main language of instruction but encourages use of local languages to enhance teaching-learning, theory-practice-theory.

Our target students are in various age groups of maturity and at least 50 % has indigenous and Moro people’s backgrounds. Multicultural background student group is a great resource for genuine social development and national solidarity.

Course Organization

The whole study is organized in three (3) parts: 1) General Education course (66 units); 2) Professional courses (77 units); and 3) Others (Physical Education {8 units}, National Service Training Program (NSTP) {6 units}), Religious studies (15). Special courses on indigenous peoples (3 units), Moro people (3 units) and women/ gender (3 units) are integrated in the contextualization of all social work courses and drawing out implications to social work practice is strewn throughout the program.

Social Work Field Instruction

The Field Instruction Program in a Bachelor’s degree is a major component with 12 units in total for a 1000 required case hours taken in two (2) semesters under a semi-block placement at the last community-based. The Professional Regulation commission requires application for social work practice licensing pursuant to Republic Act 4373, known as Social Work Law in the Philippines, to complete case management be it in individuals, groups and communities for a total of minimum 1000 hours.


In addition to the 1000 hours-field practice built-in in the curriculum, the pedagogical methodology in all the social work courses is a mix of lecturettes, group works, seminars, written tasks, structured learning, community exposures andpractical experiences under supervision.

Spirituality, Cultural Learning, Environmental Justice

The students have options for seminars and community field placement to examine critically the indigenous and Moro communities and their issues in the context of Philippine history and realities.

A substantial discussion on the fundamental agreement of the indigenous / tribal people’s, Christian and Muslim traditions on human dignity, human rights, and social justice as bases for the exploration of spirituality beyond religion is consciously set. Spirituality is expressed in diverse forms in our clients’ / service users’ lives. And in the Philippines context, spirituality among Muslim Filipinos and indigenous people is rooted in the struggle for the life’s sources-land, natural and mineral resources which abound in most of the Moro and indigenous people’s land and are hit by the extractive-exploitative-destructive explorations of the mineral and natural resources by foreign monopoly capitalist with local cohorts.

Pinpointing common areas of concerns of indigenous peoples, Christians and Muslims integrated in Philippine society despite differences in religion serves as a springboard in locating themselves the history and struggle of the Filipino people.

International Solidarity

Motivation to work with the local grassroots peoples of lowland settlers, Moro and indigenous people’s origins is highly placed in the vision, mission and goals of ACD so that learning from the concrete experiences of the peoples of the Third World, people from the global south, becomes integral to the study of social work and its implications to social transformation locally and globally.

Cooperation, Coordination, Partners’ Development and Networking

ACD welcomes local and international partners for social development and social transformation in enhancing social work as a professional and vocational with a strong bias to the side of the marginalized, deprived, discriminated, or victim-survivors of human rights violation in all forms and dimensions.

Tackling issues of relevance to social work such as social inequality due to globalized economy, neo-colonialism, neoliberalism, ethnicity, bureau pathology; social work in a human rights perspective; contextualizing social work and dilemmas related to western hegemony and control make students more analytical and critical on micro-macro realities when engaging in South to South and North to South dialogues and exchanges.