PNVSCA Honors Modern-day Heroes in SOV Awarding Ceremony
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02 December 2018 PNVSCA Honors Modern-day Heroes in SOV Awarding Ceremony

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency concludes this year’s Search for Outstanding Volunteers with the Awarding Ceremony to be held on 3 December 2018 at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City.

Nine awardees from Regions IV-B, X, XII, NCR, and CAR will be recognized for their volunteer assistance in health, education, agriculture, youth development, environment, and social services.

Twenty-four-year-old Kenjave Mark T. Parlero of South Cotabato is the sole awardee under the Individual-Youth category. Mr, Parlero founded the Young Educators' Convergence of SOCCSKSARGEN, Inc. (YECS) wherein he pioneered the Ipagtuturo Literacy Outreach Program for Indigenous People. Through his leadership in YECS, he mobilized volunteer teachers and students in the conduct of learning sessions for B’laan children who are having difficulties attending classes because they have to cross seven rivers just to get to school.

Two doctors, one retired professor, and a hotel general manager will be conferred as Individual-Adult awardees

Dr. Joanne J. Balderas from CAR is an ophthalmologist whose passion in her profession opened her eyes to the needs of other people. She has been a volunteer surgeon in various medical missions for indigent patients in the Cordillera Administrative Region and nearby areas.

Another doctor, Dr. Roel Cagape, also uses his medical profession to extend assistance to marginalized communities, particularly the B’laan tribes in the Saranggani Province for thirty years now. He introduced various innovations like E-text si Dok, Botika sa Kabukiran and Ambulansyang Kabayo to provide free medical services to underserved communities in the region.

The third Individual-Adult awardee, Prof. Edgardo Layug, has a big heart for agriculture. Prof. Layug is one of the prime movers in the inception and the institutionalization of the Agriculture and Fishery Council nationwide. He serves as the voice of poor farmers and fishermen, informing the authorities regarding the assistance and interventions to address their needs.

Ms. Elvie Sanchez Quiazon, an established career woman juggles her responsibilities as a general manager with her leadership roles in various socio-civic organizations to live a life of meaning and purpose. With her wide network, Ms. Quiazon was able to develop partnerships with national government agencies, local government units and various local and international organizations to support volunteering activities on youth development, education, livelihood, environment, blood donation, women empowerment, and disaster response.

Two organization which both address the medical, health and wellness needs of their target sectors will also be honored as awardees under the Organization - Not-for –Profit Category.

For thirty years, Saint Louis University - Vicariates of the Mt. Provinces Medical Outreach Missions Foundation, Inc. (SLU-VMP MOMFI) has rendered free medical, surgical, and dental services to 400,000 indigent patients from marginalized communities in the Cordillera region and other places in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Based in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro, Keep Hope Alive engages the youth to volunteer in various health projects such as the Agropositibo and Bantay Kalusugan programs. It has also conducted the Balik Eskwela program for twelve years now, benefiting less fortunate children.

Due to its pioneering effort pioneering effort in creating a volunteer program in the government corporate sector, the Land Bank of the Philippines is this year's sole awardee under the Organization-Corporate category. Through Volunteerific, Landbank engages its employees to volunteer through initiating their own activities, participating in Corporate Social Responsibility programs and, and sharing their experiences and good practices in their conduct of outreach projects.

Mother Ricky Reyes will be conferred this year’s SOV Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong commitment to servant leadership and provision of education and employment opportunities to poor but aspiring Filipinos through the Isang Gunting, Isang Suklay Program, Ricky Reyes Learning Institute, Skill 2D Max Angking Galing Mobile Livelihood Caravan. Mother Ricky has also shown compassion to cancer-stricken children and their families through the establishment of the CHILD Haus which serves as their temporary shelter while undergoing treatment.

The awards will be presented by Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Ernesto M. Pernia, Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion Navarro, and PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera.

The SOV is the yearly centerpiece event in celebration of the National Volunteer Month every December. The year-round Search aims to recognize the exemplary performance and dedication Filipino volunteers across the nation in building strong communities and empowering lives.

It is conducted by the PNVSCA and the NVM-SC in cooperation with the SOV National Selection Committee and the Regional Search Committees chaired by the NEDA Regional Offices, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the NCR and the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

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