PNVSCA and NEDA CAR Engage Various Stakeholders in a Forum on Volunteerism
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26 July 2018 PNVSCA and NEDA CAR Engage Various Stakeholders in a Forum on Volunteerism

Advocates from the academe, non-government organizations, regional line agencies, and local government units from the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) convened and exchanged experiences, insights, good practices, and recommendations in the Forum on Volunteerism last 5 July 2018 at the Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City.

CAR is known for its rich and diverse culture, and the participants' group outputs echoed this region’s unique characteristic. The workshops enabled them to envision their aspiration for the future of volunteerism in their respective sectors and learn about the different volunteering initiatives of their co-attendees. Common themes also reiterated in their outputs in the visioning exercise were citizen participation, inclusive growth, sustainable development, empowerment, and the significance of technology in volunteerism.

Brief lectures on the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, Ambisyon Natin 2040, Volunteerism for Development, and National Volunteer Month were delivered by PNVSCA and NEDA-CAR officers. 2016 National Awardee of the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) Dr. Robert Tolentino shared good volunteering practices and presented his projects on health and medical services which targeted the marginalized sectors, especially in the far-flung areas of the region.

On behalf of the National Economic and Development Authority-Cordillera Autonomous Region (NEDA-CAR) Regional Director Milagros Rimando, Mr. Greg Ariz, Chief of the Project Monitoring Division, welcomed the participants and oriented them on the role of NEDA-CAR in the promoting volunteerism as a tool for socio-economic development in their region. He also highlighted the contribution of volunteers in the implementation of public service programs. " We see volunteers everywhere - in our streets, schools, barangays, and other public places. Volunteers and their institutional partners support, supplement and complement government development efforts."

PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera expressed his gratitude to the attendees, resource speakers, and NEDA-CAR . "I hope you will take our challenge to become volunteerism advocates," as he requested their continued support to become agents of change through volunteerism.

Co-organized with the NEDA- CAR, the advocacy activity conducted by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency also sought to incorporate the unique and common inputs from various regions in the development of a national policy agenda on volunteerism.

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