PNVSCA Expresses Gratitude to Partners in its 55th Anniversary Celebration
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13 December 2019 PNVSCA Expresses Gratitude to Partners in its 55th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating its 55th anniversary as the government agency promoting volunteerism for development, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) held a Thanksgiving Program for its government and private partners on 12 December 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

In her welcome remarks, PNVSCA Officer-in-Charge Corazon M. Macaraig extended the Agency’s gratitude to organizations and individuals who helped PNVSCA perform its mandate to serve the public through creating an enabling environment for volunteerism. She emphasized that the challenge to make PNVSCA continuously relevant in the coming years will not be difficult with the help of the Agency partners.

Secretary of Socioecomic Planning Ernesto M. Pernia congratulated the Agency on its anniversary and encouraged PNVSCA to continue on its advocacy of mobilizing Filipinos to support nation-building through volunteerism to realize the country’s long-term vision of a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat. "When we cultivate volunteerism, we are engaging our citizens in the development process, giving them the chance to take ownership of and responsibility for our country’s future. Today, we see so much potential and opportunities for volunteerism brought about by global convergence, innovative technologies, and new social structures," Secretary Pernia said, adding that the government enjoins citizens to support the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 through the inclusion of volunteerism as one of the strategies of the PDP and Ambisyon Natin 2040. He also conveyed his gratitude to the partners who have been helping PNVSCA through the years.

The highlight of the activity was the awarding of Plaques of Appreciation to the members of the PNVSCA Multi-Sectoral Advisory Body, National Volunteer Month Steering Committee, Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) Committees and other partners from both the public and private sectors who have supported the Agency’s programs and services. The Agency also recognized recently retired PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera who led the Agency since 2001.

Presented with tokens of appreciation during the program were (1) Asian NGO Coalition (2) Association of Foundations (3) Civil Service Commission (4) Civil Service Commission-National Capital Region (5) Commission on Higher Education-NCR (6) Department of the Interior and Local Government (7) Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (8) Department of Social Welfare and Development (9) IBON Foundation (10) International Association for Volunteer Effort, Inc. (11) League of Corporate Foundations (12) Metrobank (13) National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (14) One Meralco Foundation (15) Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (16) Philippine Business for Social Progress (17) Philippine Information Agency (18) Philippine Rural Reconstriuction Movement (19) PLDT (20) US Peace Corps (21) VSO Philippines (22) House Committee on Peoples Participation (23) House Committee on Rural Development (24) Japan International Cooperation Agency and (25) Korea International Cooperation Agency (26) Atty. Jose Wilfrido S. Oca, former Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Management Staff and former Chair of the PNVSCA MSAB (27) Ms. Victoria V. Quimbo, former Director of the NEDA Development Information Staff and (28) Mr. Oskar Balbastro, former NEDA Regional Director.

A plaque was also presented to Secretary Pernia to express PNVSCA’s appreciation for the guidance and support of the NEDA central and regional offices. Members of the NEDA family including attached agencies who attended the program joined Secretary Pernia in receiving the plaque.

The event also served as an opportunity for the growing family of the volunteer community to meet for continued collaboration and a long-awaited occasion for former PNVSCA staff to renew friendship and good memories of working with the Agency.

PNVSCA partners with Secretary Pernia
PNVSCA present and former staff with Secretary Pernia

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