PNVSCA Leads the National Volunteer Month 2017 Celebration
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01 December 2017 PNVSCA Leads the National Volunteer Month 2017 Celebration

Written by: Danica Pacardo

This December, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) invites individuals and organizations to become modern-day heroes, as it leads the celebration of the National Volunteer Month (NVM) 2017. This year's theme "Boluntarismo: Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago" calls on every Filipino to become a change catalyst, even in his/her own little ways, through joining or organizing volunteer activities aligned with the local and international development priorities

"The collective participation of both the public and private sectors will be crucial in nurturing a culture of bayanihan even in these modern times. In this season of giving, we encourage the general public to give a piece of themselves to others by engaging or conducting volunteer activities this month and even year-round,"said PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera.

Organizations which initially responded to the NVM 2017 Call for Participation through conducting volunteer activities in December in observance of the NVM are the Quezon City Government, Makati City Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office VI National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region IV-A, NEDA Region XI, New Era University, Colegio de San Juan De Letran Calamba, Philippine Red Cross, and iVolunteer Philippines.

Major NVM activities spearheaded by the PNVSCA include the Awarding Ceremony of the Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2017 on December 15, 2017 to be held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City. Nine individuals and organizations from various regions will be recognized in this centerpiece NVM event.

The National Conference on Volunteerism and Volunteer Fair on December 6, 2017 also serve as highlights the NVM 2017 celebration. Engaging volunteerism advocates from various organizations, the conference will serve as a venue for collaboration and presentation of the results of the multi-sectoral and regional consultations conducted by the PNVSCA this year for the formulation of the policy and action plan for volunteerism.

PNVSCA will also join the Quezon City Government's Volunteer Fair, as part of the Buwan ng Bayanihang Bayan ng Lungsod Quezon, from December 4 and 5, 2017 at the walkway of the Quezon City Municipal Hall.

Observed every December, the NVM serves as the country's platform create awareness on volunteerism's role to development, foster an enabling environment for "bayanihan" and recognize unsung heroes in nationwide. The declaration of December as NVM was signed on 5 December 1998 through Presidential Proclamation No. 55.

For more information, please visit www.pnvsca.gov.ph and www. facebook.com/innovatecooperateinspire.

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