In support of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency’s (PNVSCA) nationwide Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV), the National Economic and Development Authority Region 4-B (MIMAROPA) is now accepting nominations for exemplary volunteers based in the region until 30 July 2016.

The SOV puts faces and names to the unsung and ordinary Filipino citizens and organizations who have rendered priceless and noble acts of service towards nation-building and community development. Since 2001, 129 volunteers and volunteer organizations have been recognized by the national government, through the SOV. This yearly centerpiece event culminates with the awarding ceremony during the celebration of the National Volunteer Month (NVM) in December.

“Through the Search, PNVSCA acknowledges the significant role of volunteers as indispensable partners of both the government and the private sector in their development efforts to uplift the lives of the people, especially the marginalized. It also serves as a platform to promote and share best practices in volunteerism,” PNVSCA Executive Director De Vera said.

The Search is open to the following individuals and organizations currently providing volunteer assistance in the Philippines. Individuals of Filipino citizenship – Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international non-profit organizations; and Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international corporate organizations are entitled to join the SOV.

Nominations are accepted for the following categories:

1. National Outstanding Volunteer Award:                                                                           a. Individual: Youth and Adult                                                                                         b. Organization: not-for-Profit and Corporate

2. Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award                                                                           a. Individual                                                                                                                             b. Organization

The Special Citation award is also conferred to outstanding volunteers who do not qualify under the regular SOV categories but which are deemed equally meritorious in accomplishment.

NEDA 4-B Officer-In-Charge Susan A. Sumbeling encourages everyone to participate in the Search.

The Pampamayanang Mangyan Ugnayan, Inc. (PMUI) was declared as one of the Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organizations in the 2015 SOV for their programs in the fields of education, health, livelihood, and peace and development. In the 2014 SOV, Mr. Rodne R. Galicha received the Regional Award for Individual Adult Category for his exemplary contribution on environmental and human rights advocacy.

Nominations for volunteers and volunteer organizations in the region can be addressed and submitted to:

SUSAN A. SUMBELING                                                                                                   Officer-In-Charge                                                                                                               NEDA Region 4-B (MIMAROPA)                                                                               2nd Floor, Paras Bldg., J.P. Rizal Street, San Vicente, Calapan City   

The SOV is conducted by the PNVSCA and the National Volunteer Month Steering Committee (NVM-SC), in cooperation with the Regional Search Committees chaired by the NEDA Regional Offices, the Department of the Interior and Local Government for the National Capital Region and the Regional Planning and Development Office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The RSCs are in charge of the receipt, validation and documentation of the nominations in respective regions. A National Selection Committee (NSC) selects the national and regional awardees.

Information on how to participate to the SOV, is available at,, and