A virtual signing was held Monday to proclaim March as Social Work Month. The virtual proclamation signing’s theme is “Social Workers are Essential” and it was led by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
Teri Francisco, the president-elect of the National Association of Social Workers Guam Chapter, began the ceremony by delivering her opening remarks.
Francisco said in the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the true strength, resilience, unique characteristics, and values of social workers.
She says that social workers have navigated complex systems and challenges, with those they serve by providing assistance throughout the many realms of social and economic needs of individuals, families, and marginalized populations.
Francisco said that social workers have proven that they are essential during the trying times we are facing.
She thanked her fellow social workers.
“To my fellow social workers with deep respect and gratitude to the work you do for our community. You are seen and valued. Biba Social Work! Si Yu’os Ma’ase!” Francisco said.
Meanwhile, Governor Leon Guerrero also gave her remarks.
The governor recalled her time as a nurse, saying that the most important person in the healthcare comprehensive team is the social worker.
Leon Guerrero said that nurses can be there to meet the acute needs of the patient and that social workers are the lifeline for the people, patients, and individuals within our island community.
“I really regard you as the connection of a better life for our individuals. I don’t think that anyone on our island can never deny how important you all are during the pandemic or under normal circumstances,” the governor said.