NEDA IX accepts nominations for SOV until July 30

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By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY July (PIA) – In support to the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency’s (PNVSCA) nationwide Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV), the National Economic and Development Authority Region IX is now accepting nominations for exemplary volunteers based in the region until July 30, 2016.

SOV aims to highlight the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in helping people and communities and recognize the role of volunteerism in development and nation-building.

“Through the search, PNVSCA acknowledges the significant role of volunteers as indispensible partners of both the government and the private sector in their development efforts to uplift the lives of the people, especially the marginalized. It also serves as a platform to promote and share best practices in volunteerism,” PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera said in a statement.

Since 2001, 129 volunteers and volunteer organizations have been recognized by the national government through the SOV. This annual centerpiece event culminates with the awarding ceremony during the celebration of the National Volunteer Month (NVM) in December.

NEDA IX Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos encourages everyone to participate in the search. Volunteerism is the manifestation of an individual’s selfless motivation to help uplift the lives of the most helpless and wanting, without counting the cost, she said.

Zamboanga Peninsula is proud of the achievement of Ms. Velia Santos Ebol of Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay, who was chosen by the National Selection Committee (NSC) as one of the three national awardees of the 2011 Search for Outstanding Volunteers – Individual Category. The award was conferred for her untiring and dedicated pursuit of public volunteer service especially for the benefit of the most vulnerable groups.

The search is open to the following individuals and organizations currently providing volunteer assistance in the Philippines. Individuals of Filipino citizenship – Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international non-profit organizations; and Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international corporate organizations are entitled to join the SOV.

Nominations are accepted for the following categories: National Outstanding Volunteer Award (individual and organization); Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (individual and organization) and Special Citation award will also be conferred to outstanding volunteers who do not qualify under the regular SOV categories but are deemed equally meritorious in accomplishment.

Nomination for volunteers and volunteer organization in the region can be addressed and submitted to the Regional Director of NEDA 9 at Pres. Corazon C. Aquino Regional Government Center, Balintawak, Pagadian City.

For more information and details, visit,, or (ALT/CAL/NEDA9/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)