The 2014 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 101 volunteers and volunteer organizations 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.

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 had engaged in consistent 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), #310 Lower Ferguson Road, Central Guisad, Baguio City.

The deadline for submission of nominations is on August 15, 2014.  Nomination forms are available at NEDA-CAR and can be downloaded at the NEDA/RDC website or at the PNVSCA website

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



by Marissa Cabato, PMED