Search for outstanding volunteers kicks off

NOMINATIONS are now accepted for the 2017 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV), according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-6.

NEDA-6 said that Filipino citizens, Filipino volunteer organizations, and local chapters of foreign volunteer organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in Western Visayas and in the Philippines are eligible to participate.

The SOV, an annual activity of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, aims to highlight the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in helping people and building strong communities across the country.

The award categories are: (1) National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA) and (2) Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA).

The NOVA is given to an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer service that has made a significant contribution to uplifting the lives of people and communities served.

The VLAA is given to an individual or organization for consistent and outstanding volunteer service and whose achievement is regarded as an inspiration and role model in the field of volunteerism.

A Special Citation in Volunteerism is given to recognize volunteering efforts and/or support to volunteerism by an individual, group or organization that do not qualify under the regular SOV categories but which are deemed equally meritorious.

Individuals, beneficiaries of volunteer works and heads of private sector organizations, local government units, and government agencies may nominate volunteers or volunteer organizations.

Nominations must be endorsed by the heads of organizations and submitted to the NEDA Regional Office 6, Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City, with telephone numbers (033) 335-1070 or 337-6480.

Detailed information on the eligibility of participation, guidelines and nomination forms are available at NEDA-6 or the websites of PNVSCA at or the NEDA Region VI at

Deadline of submission of nominations is on July 15, 2017.

National awardees will be recognized in Manila in December 2017. (PIA-Iloilo)

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