PNVSCA recognizes Outstanding Volunteers
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16 December 2016 PNVSCA recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

As the highlight of the National Volunteer Month (NVM) celebration, the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) Awarding Ceremony was held on 13 December 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

Six (6) volunteers and three (3) volunteer service organizations from different regions in the country were recognized for their significant works in various fields of development assistance.
Leading this year’s awardees is Ms. Corazon Alma G. de Leon, who received the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award for her life-long active involvement as a volunteer in public, private, and socio-civic institutions notably the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and the Philippine Red Cross. As a government official and public servant, Ms. de Leon is also the leading figure in adopting volunteerism in the policies, plans and programs of the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Social Welfare and Development which paved the way for recognizing volunteerism as an important aspect of public service.
Mr. Ryan Homan, founder of the reading literacy movement Balsa Basa is the sole national awardee in the Individual Youth Category. Mr. Homan initiated the Balsa Basa program which uses balsa (raft) to conduct remedial lessons to students and out-of-school youths living in far-flung areas in Donsol, Sorsogon.

The four Individual Adult Category awardees are Dr. Robert E. Tolentino, Engr. Andres B. Ngao-I, Mr. Marcelo Gusanan, and Ms. Yolanda Canseco-Hernandez.

Dr. Tolentino merged his passion for community service and his expertise in medical profession to provide health services to indigent patients in the Cordillera and other parts of Northern Luzon. Being members of indigenous communities Engr. Ngao-i and Mr. Gusanan mobilized their fellow tribesmen and women in being active participants in their people’s development process. On her part, Ms. Canseco-Hernandez synergized her expertise in writing, leadership skills, and love for socio-civic involvement, in facilitating livelihood and education interventions for women empowerment through her engagement in the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and Soroptimist International Founders Club.
For the Organization Not-for-Profit category, the Davao Oriental Rescuers and Monitoring Stations, Inc (DREAMS Rescue 166) and UP Lakan and brought home this year’s national award. With its established volunteer management system and strong linkages with the local government, the private sector and the communities, DREAMS has become a reliable, capable, and quick emergency response team in the Davao region and neighboring areas. UP Lakan, a student organization from Bulacan, has consistently mobilized its members in conducting educational and social development projects in their home province.

The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) received the Special Citation in Volunteerism in recognition of its 50 years of volunteer program in the Philippines. JOCV is the volunteer arm of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and has deployed around 1500 volunteers in the country.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NVM Steering Committee Chair Ernesto M. Pernia and 2015-2016 NVM Honorary Chair Sister Eva Fidela C. Maamo led the presentation of the awards together with Ms. Erlinda M. Capones, Director of NEDA Social Development Staff and this year’s Chair of the SOV National Selection Committee, and Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera of PNVSCA.

Secretary Pernia extolled the valuable role of volunteers especially in the new administration’s development agenda and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals while Sister Eva Fidela congratulated her fellow volunteers in their exceptional mission in the service of the Lord.

The SOV is conducted annually by the PNVSCA, in cooperation with the NEDA regional Offices, the Regional Planning and Development Office – ARMM, and the DILG- Bureau of Local Government Development.

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