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18 August 2017 PNVSCA and NEDA II convene volunteerism advocates in the Bountiful Cagayan Valley Region

Written by: Danica Pacardo

Continuing the regional multi-sectoral consultations to shape the direction of the country’s volunteerism agenda in the coming years, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region II convened representatives from both the public and private sectors in a Forum on Volunteerism last 3 August 2017 at the Events Place, Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City.

The thirty five (35) participants came from local government units (LGUs), Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), regional line agencies (RLAs), civil society organizations, non-profit organizations, and the academe.

In his opening remarks, NEDA II OIC- Regional Director Ferdinand P. Tumaliuan encouraged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to become part of crafting the vision and policy agenda for volunteerism in the next years. “Let’s enjoy each other’s company and gladly take the challenge that PNVSCA brought to us,” he added.

In his presentation of Cagayan Valley’s development plan and Ambisyon 2040, NEDA II Supervising Economic Development Specialist Leomar Israel emphasized the significant role of volunteerism as strategy to achieve the region and the country’s development priorities.” The Regional Development Plan emphasizes volunteerism as one of the strategies to attain participatory governance. Volunteerism is then a core modality in harnessing citizen engagement to increase public participation in the affairs of the government, promote a consultative process in policy and decision-making, and enhance public accountability in managing development”, he stated.

Ms. Corazon Macaraig, PNVSCA Chief Volunteer Service Officer provided a brief background on the current national volunteer service program and the role of volunteerism in community empowerment and nation-building. She also presented the works of the national awardees of the Search for Outstanding Volunteers from Region II.

The participants were grouped into four, according to their sector. Their outputs during the visioning exercise pointed out that volunteerism should start and be nurtured within the family. They also envisioned volunteerism as a way to foster compassion, resilience, progress, and empowerment within the country. The second exercise enabled the participants to identify existing and new volunteer programs of their respective institution and determine challenges and recommendations in the implementation of volunteer programs.

In his closing remarks, PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera thanked the attendees for their active participation in the forum and emphasized that the activity served as a platform to learn about the region’s volunteering initiatives. He also reiterated the participants’ vision—the culture of bayanihan molded within the family and volunteering as a modality to change lives.

As a sign of their dedication to uphold volunteerism, the participants signed the commitment banner.

The Forum on Volunteerism: A Vision for the Future is a series of multi-sectoral consultations conducted nationwide by PNVSCA to share and document the volunteering experiences of various sectors and formulate a concrete national policy on volunteerism which is grounded on local and national development priorities.

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