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12 March 2019 PNVSCA and PSNEI strengthening volunteerism via the NSTP

Written by: Mr. Kenneth C. siruelo

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) upon the invitation of the Philippine Society of National Service Training Program (NSTP) Educators and Implementers, Inc. (PSNEI) President Maj. Hermie P. Pava (Res) PA, on the occasion of the 17th National Congress of NSTP Educators and Implementers, conducted a volunteerism workshop in preparation for the inclusion of volunteerism in the syllabus content of NSTP 2. The Congress was held last 21 February 2019 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Lanang, Davao City.

More than two hundred sixty (260) participants representing Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao attended the annual PSNEI National Congress. The organizers divided the participants into two groups for the two parallel sessions on volunteerism and the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). The proposed integration of volunteerism in the NSTP syllabus is a product of the earlier one-day session facilitated by PNVSCA in the 16th PSNEI National Congress held last 2018 in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

PNVSCA gave a brief presentation about the proposed outline and content of the syllabus on volunteerism in the NSTP, reminding the participants that they are free to add to and/or revise the outline based on what the group would perceive as a more effective approach towards communicating volunteerism among NSTP students. Among the comments include strengthening values formation, identifying the areas where students can volunteer and the roles of volunteers in the organization.

The workshop provided the participants the opportunity to review and identify inputs and recommendations to the Content and Strategies of the syllabus to instill the spirit of volunteerism among NSTP students.

In his message, PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera reiterated the support of the agency to the efforts of PSNEI specifically towards the strengthening of every NSTP students foundation in patriotism and nationalism through volunteerism. He added that teaching volunteerism is really challenging as you will not be able to know its value unless you experienced it yourself.

Dr. Florida C. Labuguen, PhD., past president and current Executive Director and Ex-Officio Member of PSNEI, shared ED De Vera’s observation hence, the importance of this workshop where NSTP directors, coordinators, trainors, facilitators, faculty and program advocates joined hands toward building a corps of trainors who live what they teach.

ED De Vera also participated as one of the panelists in the sofa chat session held on 20 February 2019, which addressed the topic NSTP and the Vision 2020 and Beyond: Issues and Projects.

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