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27 March 2017 PNVSCA to gather volunteer advocates from different sectors in NCR

Written by: Ira Karen Apanay

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) will gather advocates of volunteerism from different sectors in the National Capital Region (NCR) in a consultation forum to craft a national volunteer framework that will guide the PNVSCA and the voluntary sector in responding to the needs of vulnerable sectors.

PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera said the forum will serve as a platform to discuss concrete volunteering strategies, programs and initiatives that their particular sector could implement in order to contribute to the achievement of development goals of the government.

“Volunteerism plays a vital role in the development of a country. It has evolved through the years to provide the much needed assistance, not only in socio-civic activities, relief and rehabilitation, but also in development efforts that would uplift the socio- economic conditions of the marginalized and vulnerable sectors of the community,” Director De Vera said.
De Vera further explains that PNVSCA will conduct a series of forum and focus group discussions in the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to generate ideas among participants and be able to formulate a national policy and action agenda on volunteerism aligned with the Philippine Development Plan 2017- 2022.

Around 60 participants from the National Government Agencies, Not-for-Profit Organizations, Private Sectors, Government Owned and Controlled Corporations and the Academe are expected to attend the‘Forum on Volunteerism: A Vision for the Future,’ which will be held in Hive Hotel and Convention Place in Quezon City on 31 March 2017.

The PNVSCA is the government agency mandated to promote and coordinate volunteer programs and services in the Philippines. PNVSCA closely works with other government agencies, non-government organizations, the academe, the corporate group, the media and other partners in converging and linking the different volunteering efforts and resources so that they are aligned with national priorities and assist especially the marginalized sectors and communities. PNVSCA takes the lead in advocating and recognizing the contributions of volunteers to nation-building and international cooperation.

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