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July 11, 2009 7:26 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 – The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) has opened the nomination to its National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA) and Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA) from communities in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region).

The search for outstanding volunteers hopes to highlight and recognize the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in building strong communities across the country through volunteerism.

The Regional Search Committees, headed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and PNVSCA said the search was open to all individuals of Filipino citizens and Filipino volunteer organizations or local chapter organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines.

They said the NOVA was a recognition conferred on outstanding volunteer individuals and organizations that were chosen from among the regional qualifiers.

The two categories under this award are the Individual, and organization.

An individual volunteer is a person that engages in activity/ies undertaken not primarily for financial gain that involves spending time on his/her own free will, doing activities that aims to benefit the community, the environment or individuals outside one's immediate family.

The individual category is classified into youth and adult.

Nominee for this category must be 15-30 years old (youth category) and at least 31 years old (adult category) at the time of submission of nomination; is providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least three years (youth category) and at least five years (adult category) to socio-economic, civic and humanitarian programs or projects in institutions or communities; and is a member of a volunteer organization or institution that is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); or registered by the PNVSCA or duly recognized by an accrediting government institution; or is recognized as a volunteer by communities, groups or institutions which he/she serves.

On the other hand, the Volunteer Organizations are classified into Non-Profit and Corporate. For purposes of the search, a Non-Profit refers to any non-stock, non-governmental organizations, including schools and company/corporation and one that engages the services of volunteers in socio-economic and cultural development, humanitarian, civic activities, advocacy, capability building and networking for volunteerism or is created specifically to recruit, train and deploy volunteers for such purpose.

A corporate refers to companies that engage employee volunteering as an approach to achieve corporate social responsibility; or to corporate-supported or affiliated foundations that engage volunteers to implement volunteer program/s.

A nominee to be qualified should be providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least five years (for Non-Profit) and at least three years (for Corporate); and is formally organized, with SEC registration and/or duly registered by the PNVSCA or granted accreditation by government or non-government organizations duly recognized by government; or is formally established but is recognized as a volunteer organization by communities, groups or institutions it serves.

Meanwhile, the VLAA is a recognition conferred to an individual volunteer of Filipino citizenship, or Filipino volunteer organization or a local chapter organization of a foreign volunteer organization serving in the Philippines.

A nominee for VLAA should have been engaged in consistent volunteering activities for at least 25 years; has attained national status and recognition in the field of volunteerism; has been a recipient of national and international recognition/awards; plays a significant role/contribution in promoting volunteerism and possesses the capability to mobilize others to support volunteer causes; and serves as a role model through a positive representation of volunteerism as a development resource.

Venus Derequito of NEDA-Caraga said that all nominations must be received by the SOV Regional Search Committees not later than July 31, 2009. Mailed nomination must also be postmarked not later than said date.

The regional qualifiers would receive certificates of recognition; national awardees would get trophies; and recipients of VLAA would receive medals and certificates of recognition while the national awardees and recipients of VLAA based outside Metro Manila will be provided round-trip transportation and accommodation for their attendance in the awarding ceremony.

Awards will be conferred in Manila on December 10, 2009.

SOV Regional Search Committees in Caraga are encouraging the public to participate and send in their nominations for the Outstanding Volunteers this year at NEDA-Caraga Regional Office, J. Rosales Avenue, this city. (PNA)

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