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29 November 2018 Bayanihang Bayan Program Conference: Strengthening Partnership Towards Achieving the PDP Goals

Written by: Klariza Alcantara

PNVSCA with the BBP conference participants from various national government agencies, local government units, and non-government organizations

Last November 23, PNVSCA gathered 33 representatives from the national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), and non-government organizations (NGOs) at Cocoon Boutique Hotel in Quezon City for the Bayanihang Bayang Program Conference. The conference with the theme “Strengthening Partnership Towards Achieving the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) Goals” covered volunteer program presentations from the various sectors, and a workshop that would strengthen partnership between and among the government, NGOs and private sectors.

PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito De Vera in his welcome remarks shared that the conference is being held to revisit the Bayanihang Bayan Program, a government program fostering citizen participation in development, and take a fresh perspective at the various volunteering initiatives being undertaken by the public and private sectors. He further stressed that PNVSCA and the participating sectors both share the same goal and vision of moving forward towards AmBisyon Natin 2040, of “Matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay.”

In the presentation of the BBP, participants were reminded of RA 9418 or Volunteering Act of 2007 Section 12. c. that provides for the “Establishment of Volunteer Program in National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs).” National government agencies and local government units shall establish volunteer programs in their respective offices to promote and encourage volunteering in government programs. This is based on Presidential Memorandum Order 45, s. 2001 directing the implementation of Bayanihang Bayan Program for government service with PNVSCA coordinating the overall implementation of the program.

To share their best practices in engaging volunteer assistance in government programs, three (3) of the program partners presented their respective volunteer programs: (1) Dir. Aida Maria Ayaso-Talavera of the Commission on Audit (COA) presented the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) program; (2) Mr. Byrone Barrinuevo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shared the volunteer engagement activities of the National Response and Logistics Management Service (NRLMS) of the agency; and (3) Mr. Vladimir Estocado of the Local Government of Quezon City shared the initiatives of the city on BBP implementation especially the creation of an ordinance to further strengthen BBP implementation. On the other hand, the NGO sector represented by Ms. Czer Equejo of I am Making A Difference (MAD) shared how the volunteer organization started less than a decade ago from two passionate individuals to more than 330 volunteers at present who partner with the Department of Education and LGUs to provide youth development activities.

The BBP conference included a workshop to identify programs, projects and activities (PPAs) of NGAs and LGUs where volunteers can be engaged. The NGOs, on the other hand, identified how they can help support the government PPAs. The workshop groups also identified recommendations on strengthening BBP implementation and sharing of best practices in participatory governance through volunteerism.

In his closing remarks, PNVSCA Director De Vera enjoined the participants to take a look at the bigger picture of volunteerism as an arm for development and reminded them that in volunteering, every action must be rooted in the heart to be able to create lasting effects.

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