The annual recognition for volunteers is back! The search for outstanding volunteers is a recognition program aimed to highlight the exemplary volunteer services rendered by individual volunteers, organizations, and local government units in empowering communities and contributing to the country’s development goals.

This program is being conducted by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), in coordination with National Economic and Development Authority Regional Offices (NROs), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA).

The RSCs are in charge of the advocacy, receipt, validation and documentation of nominees in their region. Regional nominees are endorsed to the SOV National Selection Committee, which in turn conduct further validation and deliberation to select the national awardees subject to confirmation by the National Volunteer Month – Steering Committee (NVM-SC). The Search concludes with an Awarding Ceremony which also serves as the yearly centerpiece event in the celebration of the National Volunteer Month (NVM) every December. In addition, an appreciation ceremony is spearheaded by each of the SOV-RSCs in cooperation with their Regional Development Councils (RDC) as applicable. 

Categories of the search 

  • Individual – Youth
  • Individual – Adult
  • Organization – Non-Profit
  • Organization – Corporate
  • Special Award for Local Government Units

Qualifications

Individual – Youth

  • Filipino citizen
  • 18 to 30 years old
  • Has been actively/consistently volunteering for the last three (3) years
  • Has not been found guilty of crime or offense involving moral turpitude

 

Individual – Adult

  • Filipino citizen
  • At least 31 years old
  • Has been actively/consistently volunteering for the last five (5) years
  • Has not been found guilty of crime or offense involving moral turpitude

 

Organization – Non-Profit

  • Has been actively/consistently volunteering for the last five (5) years
  • Must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or PNVSCA or other duly recognized accrediting government institution; or recognized as a volunteer organization by the local government, local institution or community being provided with the volunteer services

 

Organization – Corporate

  • Has been actively/consistently providing volunteer assistance for three (3) years
  • Must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or PNVSCA or other duly recognized accrediting government institution; or recognized as a volunteer organization by the local government, local institution or community being provided with the volunteer services

Special Award for the Local Government Unit

  • Has been implementing a volunteer program actively/consistently and continuously for the last 4 (four) years
  • Has been an existing mechanism that promotes civil society participation in local governance.

Nomination Process

Download nomination forms from:

                      https://bit.ly/SOV2022NOMINATION

                      www.pnvsca.gov.ph

The nomination may be done by the nominee himself/herself or the organization themselves

(self-nomination) or by another individual/organization.

Nomination Process

  • Submit the accomplished nomination form and attachments to the concerned NEDA Regional Office covering the area where the majority of the volunteer program, project, or service of the nominee is implemented

For example, the nomination of a volunteer/organization whose programs/projects/activities’ beneficiaries are in Cordillera Administrative Region must be submitted to NEDA CAR.

Prohibitions/Exclusionary Provisions

  • Previous SOV national awardees are no longer eligible to be nominated.
  • Nomination of the organization and the head of the same organization in the same year is not allowed
  • Members of the NSC are not eligible to nominate.

Incentives

  • PNVSCA will provide trophies/plaques to national awardees
  • RSCs will provide plaques and certificates to regional awardees and nominees, respectively.

Deadline of submission of nominations is on September 15, 2022.