RA 9418 or The Volunteer Act of 2007, defines volunteerism as an act involving a wide range of activities, including traditional forms of mutual aid and developmental interventions that provide an enabling and empowering environment both on the part of the beneficiary receiving, and the volunteer rendering the act, undertaken for reasons arising from socio-developmental, business or corporate orientation, commitment, or conviction for the attainment of the public good and where monetary and other incentives or rewards are not the primary motivating factors.The three basic principles of volunteerism are as follows:
- Not primarily motivated by any financial gain;
- Concept of free will, no coercion and not forced; and
- Service both benefits the volunteer and the community.
By virtue of Republic Act 9418 or the Volunteer Act of 2007, the Bayanihang Bayan Program (BBP) or Volunteer Program for Government Service is a platform for private sector volunteering in government agencies and local government units. The law mandates that “National government agencies and local government units shall establish volunteer programs in their respective offices to promote and encourage volunteering in government programs and projects as well as enjoin government employees to render volunteer service in social, economic and humanitarian development undertakings in the community” (RA 9418, Section 12c).
BBP engages the volunteer assistance of the private sector in the implementation of government programs and projects for stronger partnership between and among the stakeholders. It was formulated through consultations with representatives of government agencies, NGOs, the business sector and the academe who believe in the power of volunteerism as an instrument in propelling national development in all fronts.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued the Memorandum Circular 2013-27 in support of the volunteering efforts of government and non-government sectors in the country. Through the Volunteer and Citizenship Program (VCP), LGUs shall set up a Volunteer and Citizenship Desk and shall establish a volunteer database management and conduct capacity building and information and education campaigns on volunteerism. Other laws and policies have been passed, notably the Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 which mandates the Local Government Units (LGU) to organize a corps of volunteers for disaster response.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued Memorandum Circular No. 23, s. 2012 on 4 December 2012 enjoining government agencies to establish and implement volunteer programs to promote the value of volunteerism in the public sector. The Circular is also in line with Republic Act 9418 calling for the establishment of a volunteer program in national government agencies, as well as encouraging government employees to volunteer in social, economic, and humanitarian development undertakings in the community.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER?
There are various forms of volunteering, such as Mutual Aid or Self-help, Philanthropy or Service to Others, Participation or Civic Engagement, and Advocacy or Campaigning. In volunteering, there is no big or small contribution; every volunteer effort is measured by the goodwill that comes from the heart. Volunteering is priceless!
You may sign up in our Be a Volunteer Platform https://www.pnvsca.gov.ph/be_a_volunteer/ and we’ll email you once there is an available volunteer opportunity in one of our partner organizations.
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