• A national organization for professional Social Workers in the Philippines
  • Registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • The sole Accredited Professional Organization (APO) recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • A member of the International Federation of Social Workers (As of 2002, there are 1.5 million professional social workers in practice globally)
  • A charter member of Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC).


The Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. (PASWI) was founded on November 12, 1947, and incorporated on April 18, 1948. It was re-incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 18, 1988, changing its name to Philippine Association of Social Workers, Incorporated which is now famously known as PASWI.

A major breakthrough for the professionalization of social work practice in the Philippines was achieved by PASWI through its militant pursuit of republic act 4373 (RA 4373) an act to regulate the practice of social work and the operation of social work agencies in the Philippines and for other purpose was enacted into law last June 19, 1965 as amended by RA 5175 last August 4, 1967.

The PASWI also set – up a Volunteer Service Center (VSC) in 1967 in order to be able to mobilize a greater number of people in the community for social welfare through a systematic recruitment and referral of volunteers to agencies and institutions needing volunteers.

In 1968, the PASWI rallied for support for the passage of the Social Welfare Act elevating the Social Welfare Administration to a Department of Social Welfare. In 1969, the Association gave its full support of House Bill No. 4909 which created the position of a career Deputy Welfare Officer in the Manila Department of Social Welfare.

It is the only professional organization of Social Workers accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The association is founded on its commitment to build a humane and just Filipino society that respects the dignity of the human person through the free and full exercise of his economic, social, political, and spiritual rights and responsibilities.


PASWI has three (3) kinds of membership namely:

Regular Membership – are limited to individuals with academic training in Social Work, engaged in or primarily concerned with the organized social work activity and duly registered as a professional Social Worker by the Professional Regulations Commission.

Lifetime Membership – are those regular members who have paid the lifetime membership fee, provide that they possess any of the following qualifications;

– they are serving, or have served as members of the National board, or as officers of a local chapter, with creditable performance; or

– they are regular active members holding in their agency, whether government or non-government, a position of Division Chief or its equivalent or higher position;

– they are regular active members who have been awarded by prestigious award-giving body for meritorious contributions in the field of social work or social welfare.

Honorary Membership – Individuals granted by association honorary status as members because of outstanding contribution to the cause of Social Work and Social Welfare or the objectives of this Association.

Membership fees:

Regular membership – Php550.00*

Lifetime membership – Php5,000.00

Membership dues (regular members only) – Php350.00*


Account Number : 399-000-2478

Account Name: Phil. Association of Social Workers, Inc.

Bank Name: Banco de Oro (Commonwealth Avenue – Don Antonio)

* Please send us copy of your deposit together with your application form

Termination of Membership

The Board may terminate membership of any member for any or all of the following reasons.

  • Commission of acts which constitute a violation of the code of ethics of Social Workers;
  • Commission of acts inimical to the interest of the Association;
  • Non-payment of annual dues for two consecutive years; and
  • Non-renewal of PRC license or delisting from the roster of professional Social Workers by the Professional Regulations Commissions (PRC).

Reinstatement of Membership

The Board may, upon application, and for reasons which it deems valid, reinstate the membership of any applicant who has been previously an active member of the Association and has been terminated. (as amended on Nov. 23, 2006)

Rights and Privileges of Members

All active members have the right to vote and be voted upon.

Active members may participate in the deliberations of business during the Annual General Assembly, special meetings, or any other meeting which they attend as members.

All active members of the Association shall have the right to participate in all institutes, seminars, and workshops, etc. under the auspices of the Association.

All active members of the Association shall have the privilege to be accredited by the Association for participation in International Social Work and Welfare conferences.

All active members of the Association shall receive the Association’s quarterly publications and other reports.


The annual membership fee for members and the lifetime membership fee shall be determined by the National Board from time to time in consultation with the Council of local chapter Presidents, provided that there shall be no increase of membership fee within three (3) years from the last increase.

Time for Payment of Membership and Annual Dues

Membership fee must be paid upon approval of application for membership while annual dues must be paid in January of each year, provided that the lifetime membership may be paid during the first three (3) months of the year in which it is paid.

Local Chapters:

At present, the association has 80 local chapters which are clustered per region. The identified regional clustering are as follows:

North NCR, Manila, South NCR, CAR, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4 and 5, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9 (Jolo, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, Zamboanga,), Region 10 (Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur), Region 11, Region 12 (Cotobato, Maguindanao, S.Kudarat, Lanao), and CARAGA

Who may Form Chapters

A group of fifteen or more persons residing in any locality and who comply with membership requirements of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc., may organize a chapter subject to the accreditation by the PASWI National Board of Directors. Chapter shall be organized by the provinces and cities. Only one Chapter shall be organized per city/province. However when there are less than fifteen (15) members in a province or city, several provinces or cities can organize into a chapter.

Accreditation of local Chapters

Accreditation of local chapters shall be subject to review by the Board every two (2) years, for the purpose of ascertaining its viability. The accreditation shall be revoked if the chapter has been dormant for (2) years or more.