The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency recognized the country’s modern-day heroes in the 2015 Search for Outstanding Volunteers Awarding Ceremony on 10 December 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, OrtigasCenter, Quezon City.
PNVSCA conferred the awards to ten outstanding volunteers and volunteer service organizations rigorously selected out of the 78 nominations received nationwide. National Volunteer Month Honorary Chair Sr. Eva Fidela Maamo, Director Remedios Endencia representing Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Arsenio M. Balisacan, and PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera led the conferment of awards to the outstanding volunteers.
John Oliver Tablazon, a registered nurse and a member of the Hearts and Brains Youth Volunteers (HABI) from South Cotabato is the sole awardee in the Individual-Youth Category. Virgilio Bautista of BaguioCity and Mr. Benfred Tacuyan of IloiloCity are the awardees for the Individual-Adult category.
Three (3) not-for-profit organizations were hailed as awardees in this year’s Search. These are (1) Pampamayanang Mangyan Ugnayan, Inc. of Region 4-B; (2) Kapamagogopa Inc. of Region 10; and (3) Cancer Warriors Foundation Inc. of the National Capital Region (NCR).
Telus International Philippines (NCR) received the Organization – Corporate category, award while Rev. Fr. Florentino S. Concepcion (Region 3) and BPI Foundation (NCR) received the Special Citation in Volunteerism. Former Senator Richard J. Gordon is this year’s Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Awardee.
The Search for Outstanding Volunteers is an annual activity that aims to recognize the exemplary performance and dedication to services of Filipino volunteers across the nation in building strong communities and empowering lives. It also serves as a platform for promoting and nurturing volunteerism as a time-enduring tradition and a significant component of the Filipino way of life.
The SOV is conducted by the PNVSCA and the National Volunteer Month-Steering Committee, in cooperation with the SOV National Selection Committee and the Regional Search Committees chaired by the NEDA Regional Offices, the Department of the Interior and Local Government for the NCR and the Regional Planning and Development Office for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.