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The Cordillera Regional Development Council recently recognized Engr. Andres B. Ngao-i, for his selfless and dedicated volunteer service in promoting peaceful resolution of tribal conflicts in the Province of Kalinga, his advocacy for indigenous peoples’ education, and nurturance of Kalinga culture and practice.

Engr. Ngao-i, an RDC-CAR Geographic PSR for Kalinga, was awarded with a certificate of recognition  during the RDC-CAR   Orientation and Assessment and Work Planning Workshop conducted at Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao.

He, together with fellow Cordilleran Dr. Robert Tolentino of SLU Medical Outreach Mission Foundation, Inc. (SLU-MOMFI), is also one of the four national awardees (Individual Adult Category) in the 2016 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) given by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA).  The awarding ceremony was held on December 13, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

A well-known peace negotiator from the sub-tribe of Bangad, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Andy, as he is fondly called by friends, is nationally recognized for his inspiring commitment to volunteer service in the field of peace and development, leadership in advocating indigenous people’s education, preservation of indigenous practices and in promoting a culture of restorative justice.

Dr. Robert E. Tolentino, on the other hand, was recognized by the PNVSCA for his inspiring commitment to volunteer service in the field of health care.  A medical doctor who synergized his expertise in medicine with his passion for community outreach, he made medical assistance accessible to people in far-flung areas of Northern Luzon and the Cordilleras.

Since he joined SLU-MOMFI in 1986, he nurtured hundreds of medical students to become community volunteers, alleviated the pains and sufferings of the sick, provided cure, taught preventive medicine and uplifted the spirituality of people in the communities.  The RDC-CAR shall also be awarding a certificate recognizing his exemplary volunteer work during the next RDC meeting scheduled in February this year.

The Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV)  is an annual national search being done by PNVSCA. At the regional level this is being coordinated by NEDA-CAR with Dir. Milagros A. Rimando as Chairman of the Regional Search Committee (RSC).  Validation of nominees was conducted in Baguio City, Bangued, Abra and Tabuk City on August 11-18, 2016.  Eight nominees were confirmed by the RSC  with the National Search Committee (NSC) on August 30, 2016.