Ms. Cristina Segnaken-Aban, a native of Benguet, is one of this year’s five PNVSCA Search for Outstanding Volunteers national awardees.
Ms. Aban, who is an Associate Professor of the Saint Louis University, founded IYAMAN, Inc. in 1997. IYAMAN is a SEC-registered non-profit, non-stock organization whose main objective is developing community workers among the youth and farmers to serve needy communities through different programs, with scholarships as the entry point. Since its establishment, it has granted 42 college scholarships, and has graduated 19 college students under the Adopt-a-Scholar scheme.
Through this SEC-registered organization, she also initiated the creation of local and international programs for the youth, professionals, as well as farmers to help them become more productive members of the society. Trainees, volunteers and staff of these programs also had opportunities for exposure in Cambodia, Thailand and Japan, countries which have also sent volunteers to IYAMAN.
In spite of her busy schedule, she also conducts free recollection sessions and catechetical lessons to public high school students, as well as free consultations for student extension services. She also assisted 14 schools in preparing their Environmental Education Program.
Ms. Aban’s volunteer efforts also goes beyond the academic realm. Among others, she also helped mobilize and organize resources for the victims of Typhoon Pepeng in 2009. She has also provided technical support to two barangays for the preparation and implementation of their respective Health Programs. Through her initiative, training programs on organic farming were organized and conducted for farmers in Benguet. She likewise helped establish market outlets in Japan and La Trinidad for ginger tea. By establishing partnerships with at least ten different networks in Japan, she had several project proposals funded and implemented in CAR.
CAR as a consistent recipient of PNVSCA Volunteer awards
CAR’s volunteers have consistently been making it to the PNVSCA Search for Outstanding Volunteers at the national level. Last year, Mr. Marcelo Abela, an active actor in agricultural cooperativism in the region, was one of PNVSCA’s national awardees. The other year, Philex Mining Corporation bagged an award for its emergency rescue and retrieval operations during times of disaster in the region, the country, and even in some countries.
This year’s Awarding Ceremony will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quezon City on December 16, 2011.