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Singapore trains ASEAN Social Workers

Singapore trains ASEAN Social Workers

Published On
08 Apr 2014

Singapore will hold a training course on 8-10 Apr 2014 for 20 frontline ASEAN social workers (see Annex A) who work with women and children victims of violence. Hosted by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and organised by the Social Service Institute (SSI), the course is an initiative of the Singapore Government Representatives on the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, Dr Aline Wong (for women’s rights) and Mr Koh Choon Hui (for children’s rights).

Addressing the participants at the welcome ceremony on 8 Apr 2014, Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development said, “In October 2013, ASEAN Leaders adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Elimination of Violence against Children. Singapore hopes the course will arm participants with new skills and training to help them push back the wall of violence and make a positive difference to those they serve in their home countries”. Ms Low thanked the ACWC Representatives for nominating their respective participants.

The three-day course will provide a platform for participants to discuss the causes of family violence and abuse, identify the impact on the perpetrators, victims and witnesses and learn the different models of intervention to ensure safe practices for families and social workers. Participants also visited PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence), which is the first family violence specialist centre in Singapore.



The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) was inaugurated on 7 April 2010 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, in the occasion of the 16th ASEAN Summit. The establishment of the ACWC is aimed at, among others, promoting the well-being, development and participation of women and children in ASEAN. One of the mandates of the Commission is to develop policies, programmes, and innovative strategies to promote and protect the rights of women and children to complement the building of the ASEAN Community.

Twenty Representatives (one for women’s rights and one for children’s rights) have been appointed by the ASEAN Member States to the Commission. Singapore’s representatives are Dr Aline Wong (for women’s rights) and Mr Koh Choon Hui (for children’s rights).

Resumes of Dr Wong and Mr Koh can be found at



The Social Service Institute was appointed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) on 1 October 2013 to be a Continuing Education and Training (CET) centre for Community and Social Services. The Institute is a social service learning hub that serves as a focal point for training, resource, practice and career services. The Institute now offers programmes that adhere to the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework, which further enhances the competency and skills-readiness of our learners.

Since its inception in June 2003, the Institute has been offering an extensive range of services and programmes dedicated to building manpower capability and enabling social service professionals in the social service and non-profit sectors for upskilling and career progression. Those who are interested in the Social Service Institute’s programmes may visit the website at for more information.



Brunei Darussalam

  1. Dyg Hjh Samsiah OKPSD A.H. Abu Hanifah @ Hajah Kertini, Vice President 3, Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam
  2. Hj Awg Hasbollah bin Hj Awg Damit, Vice President 3, Council on Social Welfare of Brunei Darussalam

  1. Mrs Sar Sineth, Vice Chief of Legal Office, Ministry Women's Affairs 
  2. Mrs Sophoan Bou, Chief of Planning, Cambodia National Council for Children


  1. Mrs Vivi Corina, Assistant Counsellor, Yayasan Penghapusan Kekerasan Terhadap Perempuan “Mitra Perempuan Women’s Crisis Center” 
  2. Mr Eko Unedo Alberto Manurung, Yayasan KKSP, Medan

Lao PDR 

  1. Ms Souksavanh Phomchaly, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare 
  2. Mr Chittakone Inthasone, Official, National Commission for Mothers and Children Secretariat


  1. Ms Theresa Symons, Executive Director, Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd 
  2. Mrs Tan Leng Hoay, Chief Operating Officer, Persatuan Bejajikan Generasi Gemilang


  1. Ms May Phu Pwint Soe, Member, Myanmar Women Affairs Federation 
  2. Ms Edviges, Assistant Programme Officer, Ratana Metta Organisation


  1. Mrs Alona S Bermejo, Social Welfare Officer IV, Department of Social Welfare and Development 
  2. Mrs Emelita C Bolivar, Head Social Worker, Department of Social Welfare and Development


  1. Ms Ng Huei Shui, Social Workers, PAVE 
  2. Ms Wu Yifei, Senior Case Worker, Big Love, Montfort Care


  1. Ms Kanokwan Luangmongkollert, Head of Mahasarakham Shelter for Children and Families 
  2. Ms Puangpen Jaikwang, Chief of Chumphon Shelter for Children and Families

Viet Nam 

  1. Mrs Luu Nguyet Minh, Vice Head Counselling and Development Support Division, Centre for Women and Development-Vietnam Women’s Union 
  2. Mr Nguyen Cong Hieu, Vice Director, Child Helpline, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs
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