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25 September 2019 National Seminar-Workshop on Volunteerism for NSTP Trainers

Written by: Angie E. Gavino

The Philippine Society of NSTP Educators and Implementers, Inc. (PSNEI) in partnership with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) conducted a three-day National Seminar-Workshop on Volunteerism for NSTP Trainors. The activity was held on 11-13 September 2019 at the Bayview Park Hotel Manila.

The objectives of the seminar-workshop are: to upgrade knowledge and competencies on the various area of volunteerism as integral part of the NSTP curriculum; to acquire skills on the appropriate schemes of encouraging volunteerism among the trainors and the youth as nation builders; and to value volunteerism as an important approach of capacitating trainors and molding youth as responsible good citizens of the present times. The seminar-workshop envisions to prepare the participant-educators to perform the primordial task of integrating volunteerism in the NSTP curriculum and promoting the same among the students.

Dr. Florida Labuguen, Executive Director of PSNEI welcomed around 250 NSTP directors, facilitators and educators from different colleges and universities nationwide who participated in the event, confirming that their attendance will contribute a lot in the success of the activity.

Former PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera gave the inspirational message mentioning the three faces or icons of helping others, such as Bill Gates, Mother Theresa and Ms. Rosa Rosal. Being in the midst of participants who are all in the learning institution, he said that the value of volunteerism can be harnessed in school where students spend most of their productive time.

PNVSCA Officer-in-Charge Corazon M. Macaraig presented the framework for embracing volunteerism in the NSTP emphasizing the need to imbue the students and the trainers with the value of volunteerism in their community development activities. She also presented the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and the Ambisyon 2040 and on the role of NSTP and the volunteers in attaining these goals and vision.

To prepare for the workshops, Mr. Kenneth C. Siruelo, Senior Volunteer Service Officer and Ms. Fely M. Baday, Supervising Volunteer Service Officer of PNVSCA presented the templates on identifying various strategies and activities on integration of volunteerism in various dimensions and community immersion of the NSTP program and the framework and developing outcome statements and indicators in measuring volunteerism in the NSTP.

Two workshops were facilitated among eleven groups. Workshop 1 focused on the development of volunteerism framework in the NSTP wherein participants were able to identify inputs, process, and output as basis in developing the targets. Workshop 2 tackled the monitoring and evaluation of volunteerism in the NSTP. In between the workshops Mr. Aldrin D. Dais of Assumption College of Davao led the participants in carrying out exciting ice breakers.

Also highlighted during the activity that inspired the participants were the sharing of volunteer programs and activities of the Keep Hope Alive (KHA), a group of young individuals founded by Shernan F. Gamol and started doing volunteer activities under the NSTP program. Mr. Armando V. Mendoza Jr., Director of the Extension Program of the Batangas State University talked about the Sulambi Volunteer Program of the university that started with 50 members and currently has 300 student volunteers. Ms. Maria Elena Estares, Volunteer Faculty Facilitator of the Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility also presented the volunteer programs and activities of the Adamson University.

The event ended with impressions from the trainor-participants, some guidance and directions from PSNEI Officers followed by community singing. Prof. Anabelle L. Baga-an acted as the emcee of the three-day activity.

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