2016 Search for Outstanding Volunteers

   The 2016 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) is now open for nominations. Filipino citizens, Filipino volunteer organizations, and local chapters of foreign volunteer organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines are eligible to participate.

   The SOV recognizes the performance and dedication of Filipino volunteers as they help people and build strong communities across the country. The award categories are (1) Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA) and (2) National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA).  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.

   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. 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 in accomplishment.

   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 5, Arimbay, LegazpiCity with Fax No. (052) 4820505 and email address:

   The deadline for submission of nominations is on 30 July 2016.  Nomination forms are available at the NEDA Regional Office 5, Arimbay, Legazpi City and may be downloaded from

   For more information, we can provide a link to the PNVSCA specifically their article on the 2016 search for outstanding volunteers at: