“MIMAROPA region is truly a destination of choice for volunteerism,”said Organization of NEDA Employees (ONE) MIMAROPA President Angelo Paolo Aboboto when he received the third place recognition for the BayaNEDAhan Best Project Contest during the Search for Outstanding COVID-19 Volunteers (SOCV) National Awarding Ceremony on December 17 through  Zoom.

ONE MIMAROPA’s Isang Puso, Isang Handog is an annual outreach program and has been conducted since 2012 to promote inclusiveness of the indigenous peoples and develop a sense of belongingness to the society through simple gift giving.  The Mangyan community of Sitio Malmis in Baco, Oriental Mindoro  is the beneficiary of the project.

In his speech, Aboboto thanked all the members of the organization for their unwavering support to the outreach program.  He said  the award symbolizes the dedication and commitment of the organization to serve and help one of the most disadvantaged sectors of the society. 

“The spirit of bayanihan in NRO MIMAROPA is very much alive as we continue to aim and contribute for a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay para sa lahat,” Aboboto said.

Organized by the Philippine National Volunteer Services Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), the SOCV awarding ceremony, which was also physically conducted at the Bulacan State University, also included  the awarding of the outstanding COVID-19 volunteers in the regions. BayaNEDAhan is an initiative to inculcate the culture of volunteerism among the men and women employees of the NEDA and its attached agencies and serve as a model for other government institutions towards a wider volunteer practice among public servants.

PNVSCA also awarded the winners of various other contests such as the National Volunteer Month or  NVM Spoken Word Poetry and VolunTINIG 2021. ​​​​​​​

The event was graced by NEDA Assistant Secretary Greg L. Pineda and PNVSCA Executive Director Donald James Gawe.  Representatives from the NEDA regional offices, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority, and private sectors participated in the activity. The singing of the Volunteer March performed by the Bulacan State University, the first prize winner of the VolunTINIG 2021, served as the closing activity of the event. ​​​​​​​

ONE Cagayan Valley  won first place in the BayaNEDAhan Best Project competition with their Adopt-A-Learner Project while ONE Central Visayas  got  second place for their Bringing Joy to the Children of the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc.  Amidst the  Pandemic.