Written by: Sheena Alcala
Last 21 March 2022, PNVSCA conducted an exploratory meeting with the Volunteerism Focal Persons (VFPs) and representatives of Municipal Government of Tupi, Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU), and University of the Philippines Manila – School of Health Sciences Koronadal (UPM-SHS Koronadal). The discussion revolved around volunteer engagement practices of the participants in their respective organizations as well as opportunities for possible collaboration and partnership. Volunteer engagement and management practices shared by the participants include LGU Tupi’s ongoing establishment of volunteers’ database to facilitate efficient volunteer assistance; SKSU’s maximization of linkages and partnerships with local, national and international partners on disaster risk reduction and climate change; and UPM-SHS Koronadal’s active participation in the region’s fight against the pandemic by providing volunteers in the COVID-19 vaccination sites in the city. Towards the end of the meeting, the participants expressed their willingness to collaborate with PNVSCA in mainstreaming volunteerism through capacity building activities such as on crafting local volunteer code and the integration of volunteerism in development planning, conduct of research, among others. Indeed, the exploratory meeting paved way for some ideas and potential actions to further promote and strengthen volunteerism as a strategy for local development.
In PNVSCA’s brief Courtesy Call at the Municipal Government of Tupi, South Cotabato, Mayor Romeo S. Tamayo expressed his support for the national government’s volunteer programs and initiatives, and gladly welcomes PNVSCA in the municipality for collaborative activities in the future.
The author is currently the Volunteer Service Officer I of the Program Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation Division, Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.
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