The 2015 SEARCH FOR OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS (SOV) is now open for nominations.

The SOV recognizes the exemplary performance and dedication of Filipino volunteers, as they build strong communities across the country. Since 2001, the Search has given honor and recognition to individual volunteers and organization volunteers that have initiated and/or assisted development projects in different sectors nationwide. They serve as models whose contributions to society are considered best practices in volunteerism.

The Cordillera region has already produced national awardees like Ms. Cristina Segnaken Aban of IYAMAN, Inc. in 2011 and Mr. Marcelo Abela of the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council in 2010.

All individuals of Filipino citizenship and Filipino volunteer organizations, and local chapters of foreign volunteer organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines are eligible to participate.

The Award categories are (1) National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA) for outstanding volunteer individuals and organizations, including corporate volunteering initiatives, and (2) Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA) for those who have consistently engaged in volunteering activities for at least twenty-five (25) years and attained national status and recognition in the field of volunteerism.

Individual/s and organization/s with special contribution to volunteerism and have made a difference in the history of Philippine volunteering are also recognized through the Special Citations.

Nominations must be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority – Cordillera Administrative Region (NEDA-CAR), Botanical Garden, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City.

The deadline for submission of nominations is on June 30, 2015. Nomination forms are available at NEDA-CAR and can be downloaded at the NEDA-CAR website  or at the PNVSCA website.

For more information, please contact the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED) of NEDA-CAR at 424-1422. (Joy Bulwayan, NEDA-CAR)