Written by: Anthony Bagano Jr.

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), represented by Executive Director Donald James D. Gawe and Mr. Kenneth C. Siruelo (not in photo), Officer-in-Charge of Policy, Advocacy and Technical Services Division (PATSD), inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 23, 2024 with iVolunteer Philippines, represented by Executive Judith Apolinario-Follero and Co-Founder JB Tan.

From left to right:PNVSCA Executive Director Donald James D. Gawe, iVolunteer Philippines Executive Director Judith Apolinario-Follero, and iVolunteer Philippines Co-Founder JB Tan with the signed MOU.

The partnership aims to intensify the role of volunteerism in creating better lives for Filipinos and fostering the spirit of Bayanihan.

The MOU covers exchange of expertise where both organizations can complement each other in reaching and engaging stakeholders through workshops, capacity-buildings, social services, and other activities geared towards sustainable and resilient communities. Moreover, the MOU provides a larger and more conducive platform for volunteers and volunteer organizations to share their talents, skills, and resources.

iVolunteer Philippines is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 in response to the Typhoon Ondoy. It is the country’s largest volunteer portal that contains 130 volunteer organizations where interested volunteers and volunteer organizations can render their service to and collaborate in creating solutions for various societal needs.


The author is the Volunteer Service Officer II of the Policy, Advocacy, and Technical Services Division (PATSD).

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