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14 June 2017 Volunteer advocates in Region 10 attend Forum on Volunteerism in Cagayan de Oro City

Written by: Ira Karen Apanay

With much desire to strengthen the voluntary sector in the Philippines, various stakeholders from Region 10 shrugged off the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao to attend the Forum on Volunteerism last 25 May 2017.

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)- Region 10 lauded the dense inputs from regional line agencies, local government units, corporate sector, non-government organizations, and the academe who participated in the ‘Forum on Volunteerism: A Vision for the Future,’ at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

The Forum aims to generate ideas among participants on how volunteerism can support the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017- 2022. It is part of the series of forum being conducted by the PNVSCA in the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
NEDA- 10 Regional Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., said the PDP and the Regional Development Plan (RDP) of Region 10 recognize the importance of volunteerism as a potent development strategy. He added that the RDP is a critical instrument to promote volunteerism through the active engagement of the citizenry in nation-building.

“This is the reason why we invited various stakeholders from the region, to generate their vision and diverse perspectives on volunteerism, as well as recommendations to promote the spirit of volunteerism. We are therefore grateful for this rare opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences along volunteerism to serve our communities better towards inclusive growth,” Regional Director Dacanay further said.
NEDA- 10 presented Ambisyon Natin 2040, PDP/ RDP 2017- 2022 and Opportunities for Volunteerism, while PNVSCA discussed the significant role of volunteerism in development.

During the workshop, the participants were divided into groups that crafted their vision for the voluntary sector and identified programs aligned with PDP as well as their recommendations to pursue their proposed programs. Notable among the outputs are the common ideas of the participants that volunteerism is present in all fields and volunteers are not paid because they are priceless.

PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera expressed gratitude to the participants and agreed with the participants’ conclusion that “to be an agent of change in the country: you need heart, and you need to be compassionate.” He also expressed appreciation to NEDA Regional Director Dacanay and the rest of his staff for helping PNVSCA conduct the forum.

The results of Region 10 Forum will be included as inputs to national policy and action agenda on volunteerism which will be launched in the National Volunteers Summit on December of this year.

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