Paul Joshua P. Flores BSA2-1 NSTP-CWTS In the late 1950s and early 1960s accounts of practice and theoretical explorations began to appear that viewed community workers as a distinct occupation. Thomas (1983) argued that it is primarily education in orientation. In addition, I quite agree when the Younghusband Report (1959) cleared out social work primarily aimed at helping people within a local community to identify social needs, to consider the most effective ways of meeting these and to set about doing so, in so far as their available resources permit. Meanwhile, to further elaborate Social Work, David N. Thomas emphasize five main strands or approaches in the study of community work in the early 1980's. The first strand is Community Action which focuses on organizing those adversely affected by the decisions or non-decisions of both public and private entity. This strategy aims to promote collective action to defy the pre-established norms and socio-politicalcand economic structures. This can be a positive way of exploring and explaining both end or extremes. In such a way, this will help people understand the realities of those in power and those who are not. Furthermore, it can create critical perspectives of the existing affairs which can be used to find alternative basis of action. The second strand is Community Development which put emphasis to self-support, mutual support, building of neighborhood integration for problem-solving and promotion of collective action. I quite agree with this one, since it recognizes the individual capacity to help himself and the collective power of an engaged community. Indeed, there is power in unity. Additionally, if a community is united they can came up with a consensus which is vital in their representation as one and to be heard in the political decision making. On the other hand, the third one is Social planning which put forth the assessment of community needs and problems and the systematic planning of strategies to solve them. It is good that they took it into account since before a problem can be solved there is a need for thorough assessment and planning. Systematic planning is efficient since it is like creating a cushion to obliterate possible failure in the solving process. Also, a good plan has with it contingency plan which can be executed in case that the main plan failed or it departed from what was expected. Community Organization is the fourth strand, which emphasizes the collaboration of separate and distinct community with or without additional participation of statutory authorities. This can be beneficial since it does not all end inside the community itself, since social work moves beyond the community barrier towards other communities. It can encourage joint initiatives between different communities towards a common goal. Another benefit is that it can create networks so they can lend hands with each other. The last and the fifth strand is Service Extension which seeks to extend agency operations by making them relevant and accessible. As what I mentioned beforehand, social work should not stop at one’s community but should spread to other communities. Community work is the integration of all these strands, one cannot stand alone. The thing is that, aside from the five, still we should be aware of the range of other contributions that are feasible and advantageous. Community work is also evolving, whatever that are effective before can no longer suit today or whatever that suits today did not work before. But the thing that will never change is its advocacy to help and serve the community.