PROF. MARY LOU ALCID
Professor (Retired)
College of Social Work and Community Development, UP Diliman

She is a retired Professor of Social Work from the College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines in Diliman. She took up B.S. Social Work at University of the Philippines Diliman, and her master of science in Rural Development Planning at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.

Her interest and continuing activism in international labor migration began in 1986 with her internship and subsequent leadership role in the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrant Filipinos in Hong Kong. She was one of the 27 Filipino women among the 1000 women worldwide nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for her work with Kanlungan, the Network Opposed to Violence against Women Workers, and the Migrant Forum in Asia.

Professor Alcid co-wrote a chapter with Nilan G. Yu entitled “ Protecting the Rights of Overseas Filipino Workers: Social Work Beyond National Borders” in 2017 and contributed a chapter on the book “ Social Workers, Resistance and Martial Law in the Philippines: A View from Below”. Locally, she has published and Co-Editor the Philippine Journal of Social Development Vo, Said l.11, 2019, “Human Rights from the Margins”. Contributed a case study on the mother of a victim of extrajudicial killing to the publication entitled “The Human Costs of the Philippine War on Drugs” by the National Association for Social Work Education Inc. (NASWEI) in 2018. As part of the World Charter of Migrants Project, she has written and proposed a Charter of Migrants for Asia. The said project brings together migrants’ organization in drawing up a charter of principles that guarantee the right to mobility and to the creation of a a world without walls.

She was awarded as the Outstanding Alumna in Rural Development at the Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association-Philippine Chapter in 1996 and was recently awarded as the Outstanding Social Worker from the ASEAN Philippine Social Work Consortium last June 2021.