2010 VOICE Mid-Year Volunteering Update


A. NETWORK STRENGTHENING

1.    Membership Support and Development

27 January 2010: VOICE CDO Cluster convened to assess existing trends within the cluster and listed recommendations for the continuing collaboration.

02 February 2010:  More than hundreds of volunteers and volunteer advocates joined the Mindanao Regional Conference entitled “Transcending Boundaries for Collective Empowerment through Volunteerism” which was hosted by VOICE CDO Cluster.

28 May 2010: VOICE attended meeting with the DSWD SWLDNET (Social Welfare and Development Learning Network). SWLDNET is a learning network that focuses on capability-building of the service providers in the region. VOICE Resource Center will be maximized in this initiative, considering that DSWD X is an active member of VOICE CDO.


2.    Building and Strengthening Partnership

VOICE is committed to strategize partnership that would help the network delivers its commitment. On 2 February 2010 the network’s office was officially launched; Xavier University (XU) will be hosting VOICE National Office in the span of five (5) years --cited in the signed Memorandum of Agreement. Recognition of members was given emphasis before the conference ended. Likewise, Ms. Myrna Aboniawan-Siose (XU CORD-VP) acknowledged VOICE BOT appointment as VOICE Managing Trustee.

In addition, VOICE supported XU’s partnership with the Archdiocese of CDO Social Action Office through XU-CORDV. Under CORDVP YOS program, it caters special project for the Diocese Seminary. VOICE assisted in assessing applicants (27 May 2010) and referred possible speakers for its training.

3.    Social Advocacy

27 January 2010: VOICE participated in the National Forum on Volunteerism for Development which was spearheaded by the PNVSCA (Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency) and the House of Representatives’ Committee on Rural Development. Mr. Tim Gabuna represented VOICE as Forum Reactor.

15 April 2010: Mr. Gabuna shared national volunteering trends and practices in the Faculty Orientation Seminar - Miriam College through INSA’s invitation.

15 July 2010: Some of VOICE CDO Members attended the Regional Symposium on Volunteerism which was initiated by PNVSCA and NEDA.
Symposium Highlights:
a.    The RA 9418 (Volunteer Law 2007), with its Implementing Roles and Regulation was discussed.
b.    Criteria for Search for the Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) had given emphasis through the testimonials of the two (2) regional qualifiers.
c.    The symposium ended up with a workshop (per sector); a quick analysis of Region X current volunteering development, and suggested input to strengthen volunteering efforts-- to be added in the Philippine Volunteer Roadmap.


B.  Some Updates of Members’ Volunteer Programs

      1.  Volunteer Sending Organizations

Name
Volunteers
Volunteer Work
Jesuit Volunteer Philippines
15
Teachers, Youth Formator, etc.
Miriam Volunteer Mission, Miriam College
2
1 In-house tutor to children   
   with disability (Davao)
1 Researcher (Baguio)
Year of Service (YOS), Xavier University
7
1 Advocacy Writer (NGO-
   Region X)
6 Community Organizers
  (Archdiocese of CDO)
           

      2. Volunteer opportunities:
·         iVolunteer.ph is looking for writers: http://ivolunteerph.blogspot.com/2010/03/write-for-ivolunteer.html

C. FUTURE ACTIVITIES

4 August 2010        - 5:00pm – VOICE CDO Cluster Meeting, RSO Conference Rm., Xavier University, CDO
6 August 2010        - 10:00am-6:00pm - VOICE Board Meeting, Katipunan Q.C.
10 August  2010 - 2:00-5:00pm - VOICE NCR Cluster Meeting, Jesuit Volunteers Philippines (JVP) Office, Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University
Dec. 2010                - Dec.5 --International Volunteer Day,
                                             - December– Philippine National Volunteer Month)

 For your volunteering updates, please send it at voicenational@yahoo.com for us to share them with our community and post/promote in the website (http://www.voicenetworkph.org). Thanks.



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