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24 January 2017 NINE STUDENTS WIN VOLUNTEERISM STORY WRITING CONTEST

Written by: Corazon M. Macaraig

Nine students from different colleges and universities in the Philippines were declared winners in the Volunteerism Story Writing Contest conducted by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The winners were selected from among the forty (40) story entries that captured volunteering experiences of individuals, groups and organizations encountered and observed by the student writers, either as part of their community immersion in the National Service Training Program (NSTP) or other community service initiatives that they have participated. With the theme “Volunteering for Sustainable Development”, the Contest aimed to raise public awareness on the role of volunteers in development, particularly targeting students who are currently enrolled or previously completed the NSTP as participants.

One (1) winner was selected in every region, with stories depicting the sacrifices of volunteers, the message of hope and of the communities and the in as translated by the student writers who penned the volunteers’ inspiring works.

The winners are:

 

Name

Region

Title of Story

School

1 Jesrael D. Dagdag

I

Willing Heart is Better than a Precious Gold

Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur

2 Reynaldo U. Blas, Jr.

II

There is Hope in Bayabat

University of St. Louis Tuguegarao
Tuguegarao, Cagayan

3 Keiji M. Regala

III

The PaWeCan Do It

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
San Marcelino, Zambales

4 Faye Ruby Anne E. Ladiza

IV-A

We Give our Hearts

Institute of Creative Computer Technology  Colleges, Antipolo City

5 Marites C. Cleofe

IV-B

A Handyman’s Story

City College of Calapan
Calapan City

6 Erica P. Curatcha

NCR

When I Met a Kid Named Jepoy

Manila Tytana Colleges
Pasay City

7 Yedda Marie Magbanua

V

Disconnected

Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation, Inc.
Legazpi City

8 Calib Omar B. Bacinillo

VI

Once a Saver, Always a Saver

Iloilo Science and Technology University
Iloilo City

9 Ana Jean Jandayan

X

Eternal Signature

Liceo de Cagayan
Cagayan de Oro City

A cash prize of P3,000.00 and Certificate of Recognition will be received by each winner. Their respective schools and NSTP coordinators will also receive certificates of appreciation. The Panel of Judges was composed of Ms. Susan M. Carandang of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Mr. Roberto M. Yangco of the United States Peace Corps (USPC), and Misses Nena Asingjo and Rosalie Buscar of CHED Office of Student Development and Services (OSDS).

The Contest which ran from July to December 2016 is one of the collaborative activities between CHED and PNVSCA. PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera and CHED OSDS Director Ronaldo A. Liveta both expressed optimism to continue exploring new initiatives that will actively engage Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in volunteerism. Earlier, CHED issued circulars to HEIs on the inclusion of volunteerism and the Volunteer Act of 2007 in the NSTP module and on enjoining Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to organize and/or develop volunteer program toward the pursuit of social change.

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