Volunteering has been an integral part of the lives of people and communities all over the world. Individuals and institutions benefit from the valuable assistance of volunteer workers who share their knowledge, skills, time and resources in the areas of technical assistance, social services, humanitarian support and peace-building.
The Philippines is a country which takes pride in its rich history of volunteerism through the "bayanihan", the tradition of helping one another to promote family, community and society’s welfare. Through the years, this Filipino brand of volunteerism evolved to engage all sectors - government, NGOs, academic institutions and corporate groups to participate in volunteer service for development.
Recognizing the important contributions of volunteerism in nation-building, the Philippine Government has designated the month of December as the National Volunteer Month (NVM). NVM aims to build nationwide public awareness and appreciation of volunteerism, create the environment for voluntary action and recognize volunteers as partners in development. Since its declaration in 1998, NVM, is a fitting recognition of the volunteers - modern-day heroes whose work is exemplified by commitment and service to others. The International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5, a global event declared by the United Nations, is one of the major events of the NVM.
The focal point for the NVM celebration is the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). PNVSCA is assisted by a National Volunteer Month Steering Committee (NVM-SC) composed of representatives from the government and the private sector in planning and organizing the event. NVM activities include initiating and organizing volunteering events and activities such as advocacy and information dissemination, mobilizing volunteers for humanitarian, social services and technical assistance, and supporting volunteerism causes through resource generation.
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