Two of the nine outstanding volunteers awarded by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) this year come from the Cordillera Region.
The Medical Outreach Missions Foundation, Inc. (MOMFI) of Saint Louis University – Vicariates of the Mountain Provinces was awarded outstanding volunteer under the Organization Not-for-Profit Category. It was recognized for engaging its alumni and students in the provision of free medical, surgical, and dental missions in geographically isolated areas in the Cordillera Region and other provinces in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao which benefited close to four hundred thousand individuals.
Awarded under the Individual – Adult Category was national awardee Dr. Joanne J. Balderas. She has been a volunteer in the field of eye health and eye care that benefit the less privileged residents of Baguio City and other neighboring communities. She initiated “Campus Lions Club” that provides exposure to medical students to community service and opportunity for volunteering experience.
December of every year was declared as the National Volunteer Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 55, series of 1998, in recognition of the dedicated service of all Filipino volunteers and their contributions to the society.
This year’s theme is “Boluntarismo: Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago!” It aims to highlight the role of volunteerism to achieve strategies in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, and the Regional Development Plans across the country.
MOMFI and Dr. Balderas are the eighth and ninth national volunteer awardees from the Cordillera Region. Other awardees include Dr. Ryan Guinaran (2005), Philex Mining Corporation (2009), Mr. Marcelo Abela (2010), Ms. Cristina Aban (2011), Virgilio Bautista, Ph.D. (2015), Engr. Andres Ngao-I (2016), and Dr. Robert Tolentino (2016).