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National Volunteer Month


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.


The Philippine Government gives paramount importance to people’s participation as prime movers of development. Creating a self-resilient and self-sustaining nation entails proactive citizens who work hand-in-hand with the duty bearers through volunteer engagements. Filipinos are known for the culture of “bayanihan” where each and every Juan or Juana readily lends a hand when needed.

In recognition of the dedicated service of Filipino volunteers, the month of December was declared as the National Volunteer Month (NVM) per Presidential Proclamation No. 55, series of 1998.

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency calls on all government institutions including national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financing institutions (GFIs); civil society and non-government organizations, corporate and business entities; the academe; and individuals in celebrating NVM 2018 and together, promote volunteerism as a way of life.


The NVM celebration aims to:

  • • Build nationwide public awareness and appreciation of volunteerism and the role it plays in social, economic and political development of the country.

  • • Create the environment for bolstering voluntary action in development.

  • • Recognize the noble acts of volunteerism by individuals, families, institutions and communities as vital partners in economic and community development.


The theme for NVM 2018 celebration is “Boluntarismo: Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago!” to highlight the role and contributions of volunteerism to socioeconomic development and the government’s agenda for reforms and change in consonance with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.


  1. Advocacy. Raise the awareness on volunteerism as a tool for national development and to promote the celebration of NVM 2018 through information dissemination activities which include but not limited to: sharing and publication of NVM advocacy materials and volunteer stories in various media platforms such as print, broadcast, film, social media, and office publications; display of NVM 2018 banner, poster and brochure in conspicuous areas; conducting public fora; and promotion through the institution’s public information facilities. NGAs are enjoined to route this Memorandum Circular to their regional, provincial, municipal, or area offices. NGOs and NGO networks are requested to disseminate information regarding NVM 2018 to their member and partner organizations.

  2. Volunteer Services. Organize or participate in volunteer services such as blood letting, medical mission, feeding program, tutorial sessions, visits to residential and care centers for the elderly, children, prisoners and persons with disabilities, coastal clean-up, tree planting, disaster risk reduction and management activities, etc. These activities may be done throughout the year as part of the build-up campaign for NVM.

  3. Volunteer Events. Conduct events to bring together volunteers for learning exchange and to facilitate networking and linkaging between and among volunteers and volunteer groups/organizations.

  4. Volunteer Awards. Recognize and give awards to show appreciation to the volunteers’ contributions to society.


Participation Form DOC 58KB /PDF 91KB NVM 2018 Brochure PDF 4.20MB NVM 2018 Poster JPG 9.43MB NVM 2018 Banner Template ZIP 59.8MB Memorandum Circular No. 01-2018 DOC 1.19MB
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