Submit Nominations for 2017 Search for Outstanding Volunteers

This March, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) kicks off its annual nationwide Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV). The SOV aims to pay tribute to the unsung and ordinary Filipino citizens and organizations whose services contribute to the country’s development priorities.
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PNVSCA Press Release: National Volunteer Month

Celebrate National Volunteer Month

Volunteering has been an integral part of the lives of people and communities all over the world. Individuals and institutions benefit from the valuable assistance of volunteer workers who share their knowledge, skills, time and resources in the areas of technical assistance, social services, humanitarian support and peace-building with remarkable dedication and commitment. Indeed, governments and societies owe much to these special breed of modern-day heroes who do not expect material reward for their services and whose work is exemplified by compassion and love for others.

The Philippines is a country which takes pride in its rich history of volunteerism through the "bayanihan", the tradition of helping one another to promote family, community and society’s welfare. Through the years, this Filipino brand of volunteerism evolved to engage all sectors - government, not-for-profit, academic institutions and corporate groups to participate in volunteer service for development.

Recognizing the important role of volunteerism in nation-building, the Philippine Government has designated the month of December as the National Volunteer Month (NVM). NVM aims to build nationwide public awareness and appreciation of volunteerism, create the environment for voluntary action and recognize volunteers as partners in development. Through NVM, all sectors of society are enjoined to participate and promote their causes and agenda that support volunteerism. Since its declaration in 1998, NVM caps the year-long activities of the volunteer community in the country as a fitting recognition to their selfless dedication and commitment to serve people and communities in need.

The focal point for the NVM celebration is the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). PNVSCA is assisted by a National Volunteer Month Steering Committee (NVM-SC) composed of representatives from the government and the private sector in planning and organizing the event. To cascade the celebration at the local level, NVM Regional Committees chaired by the NEDA Regional Offices and the Regional Planning Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are also constituted. Sister Eva Fidela C. Maamo, SPC, MD, serves as the NVM Honorary Chair for 2015-2016 and leads the NVM advocacy campaign.

The theme of NVM 2016 is “Volunteer for Sustainable and Inclusive Development: Isulong, Ibahagi, I-ugnay, Isagawa!” in support of the Philippine commitment to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the government’s agenda of poverty alleviation and good governance. 

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Sept. 1 - A Day of Tribute to the Spirit of Volunteerism

On 1September 2016, during the Annual Award of Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation, RMAF tapped the volunteer sector through the Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism or PhilCV. PhilCV was given an opportunity to share its programs/advocacies. Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay (PhilCV Chair and Founding President of VOICE) discussed briefly the tracks being emphasized in the Roadmap on Volunteering for Development in the Philippines.

Track 1: Establishment of Internal VMS
Track 2:  Analysis of Socio-economic, Cultural, Economic, and Political Milieu of Development and Active Citizenship

Aside from the Asian-wide search/volunteer recognition, RMAF prepared Tribute to Volunteer Champions. Awardees were Amb. Howard Dee, Rosa Rosal and Fr. William "Bill" Kreutz; recognizing their priceless contribution in "volunteerism for nation building".

Series of Talks on Volunteerism followed. Founding members of PhilCV also shared its programs and volunteering practices. Max G. Ventura of Kaakbay Philam Volunteer Corps, provided highlights on why a corporation should invest on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Benj Barretto of Jesuit Volunteer Philippines shared its milestone as volunteer-sending organization. Likewise, other members such as the Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA), Kaisa para sa Kaunlaran and VOICE participated through the Volunteering for Development Exhibit together with the Assisi Development Foundation.

The event encouraged all sectors to intensify collaboration; to support and value volunteerism for development.


A Day of Tribute to the Spirit of Volunteerism

Dear Partners in Volunteerism,

          The Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism (PhilCV) of which VOICE is a founding member institution, invites you and your staff on September 1, 2016, to A Day of Tribute to the Spirit of Volunteerism in partnership with Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation (RMAF).

9:00am          Opening Program
9:15am          LECTURE Session 1: Volunteerism as a Force for Development
11:20am        Showcase of Philippine Volunteer Efforts 
1:30-3:30pm  LECTURE Session 2: The Heart of Volunteer: Saving the Lives against all Odds

For inquiries please email:  Thank you for your continuous support. See you there! 


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            When you think of exemplary Filipino volunteers, what comes to your mind?  How would you encapsulate your thoughts on them in a logo and a title? These are the questions that the Philippine Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) wants you to answer, as it launches the contest for a new logo and title for the annual Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV).

            The SOV Title and Logo Contest seeks to give the Search a distinct professional brand  that will generate active public participation in the Search.    Open to all Filipino citizens aged 15 years old and above, the contest will accept a maximum of two (2) original entries from participants.  The Title should be in Filipino with English translation while the Logo should be in color. Each entry should be accompanied by a one-page essay explaining the message of both the title and logo.

Criteria for judging are relevance (30%), creativity (30%),  originality (20%) and over-all impact (20%).

The winner will receive a plaque of recognition and P15, 000 pesos inclusive of tax as a cash prize.

Deadline for submission of entries is on 28 February 2015.  The entry forms are available at the PNVSCA Office or may be downloaded at

Now on its 14th year of implementation, SOV is the government’s platform to recognize Filipino volunteers from different regions of the country who selflessly devote their time, effort, and resources to contribute to the development of society.


2014 NVM and IVD Celebration: Launching of the Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism (PhilCV)

Organizations come together to change the face of volunteerism in the Philippines
Coalition established to enhance coordination, create an unprecedented knowledge and resource hub, and establish a Roadmap on Philippine Volunteerism.

25 November 2014. Manila - Recognizing the valuable role of volunteers and their impact on society, seven organizations that have been effectively mobilizing volunteers in the Philippines have come together to establish the Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism, Inc. (PhilCV), a consortium that aims to unify and synergize volunteering efforts in the country. 

With its network partners, PhilCV will advocate and influence policy on volunteerism.  “We intend to synergize efforts and establish an accessible hub of volunteering knowledge and resources,” said PhilCV chairperson Nix Hipolito. “Alongside creating vibrant partnerships, we intend to further strengthen volunteerism in the country.”
The coalition is being launched on December 5, which the United Nations has designated in 1985 as International Volunteer Day (IVD).  December has also been declared in 1998 by the Philippine government as National Volunteer Month (NVM).  IVD has become a venue for volunteers from all sectors to come together not only to celebrate and share their contributions to development at local, national and international levels but, more importantly, to further promote volunteerism.

With the support of the Australian Embassy, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the Association of Foundations (AF) and the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), the seven founding organizations will launch PhilCV during the IVD and NVM celebrations at the Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila.

Adapting the global IVD theme “Make change happen: Volunteer!”, the whole-day event includes, aside from the PhilCV launch, Volunteer Talks (VoTalks) and the multi-sectoral Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) as input for the Roadmap on Philippine Volunteerism, a project being initiated by PhilCV.

The founding members of PhilCV – Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA); International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE Philippines); KAISA Para sa Kaunlaran; Jesuit Volunteers Philippines Foundation, Inc. (JVPFI); Miriam Institutional Network for Social Action (Miriam INSA); Volunteer Organization Information Coordination and Exchange (VOICE); and VSO Bahaginan – are inviting civil society organizations, university offices and corporate foundations with volunteering programs to join PhilCV and benefit from upcoming activities and course offerings to enhance volunteer management.
For more information, contact the PhilCV Secretariat at telephone numbers (632) 911-9792/913-7231 or email