“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into actions. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” — Helen Dyer
This is the value that NEDA Region 5 imparted to the local planners present during the webinar on Public Sector Volunteerism: Bicol in Focus (PSV-Bicol) last October 20, 2021 via a virtual platform.
Mr. Christian C. Antiquiera of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Region 5, in his talk about Public Sector Values, emphasized that “As a civil servant, we should have the puso and kakayayan sa pagtrabaho sa gobyerno; public sector volunteerism is walking an extra mile to serve and make a difference”.
NEDA Region 5 Director Agnes E. Tolentino, in her message, said “As local planners, going the extra mile in the delivery of our services could be a way of exercising the spirit of volunteerism. As we anticipate the full devolution of some functions and services to the local government units, our local planners will have more opportunities to go the extra mile.”
She pointed that, “Volunteering is a transformation of the hearts. It starts with one and causes a ripple effect where we create a pay-it-forward attitude. Volunteerism should become a habit, a part of our daily ordinary life, a part of our culture and values that we could pass on to every generation of Filipinos. I enjoin everyone to have a transformed heart and mind towards volunteerism. It can make a big difference. Let us continue to commit, advocate, and participate in volunteerism.”
The PSV-Bicol was conducted in collaboration with the League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc. Bicol Regional Chapter headed by its president, Engr. Joseph B. Esplana of Legazpi City. Other speakers were: Ms. Fely Baday of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency on Volunteerism 101; Mr. Alden Moises Avila of the Land Bank of the Philippines, Masbate Branch on LBP’s Volunteerific Program; Mr. Christian C. Antiquiera of the CSC on CSC’s Public Service Values Program; and Ms. Evita Jimenez-Tuazon, the 2020 Regional Winner of Search for Outstanding COVID-19 Volunteer, on the ten tips of doing volunteer works.