KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato (PIA)—The Soccsksargen Region has two nominees, one for the Individual Category and one for the Organization Category, for the Search for Outstanding COVID-19 Volunteers (SOCV) 2021-National level.
The two nominees were thoroughly screened by the Regional Search Committee (RSC) XII, through the SOCV-Technical Working Group (TWG). They were chosen out of the five shortlisted nominees regionwide.
This year’s nominees are Yvonne Saliling of Kabacan, North Cotabato, and Belteshazzar Home Health Services of Midsayap, in the same province.
One of the highlights of Saliling’s volunteer activities are the delivery of modules to over 1,000 students of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) during the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). The limited movement of the people affected the education sector and with Saliling’s efforts, USM students were able to participate in modular classes.
The nominee’s psychosocial intervention also helped students and faculty and staff, particularlly those who acquired the coronavirus disease 2019, coped with the mental problems brought by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Belteshazzar Home Health Services’ outstanding volunteer activity is the conduct of home visitation to extend medical and dental services for senior citizens.
Members of the organization voluntarily traveled to far-flung areas to help those who could not personally visit the hospitals, not for the fear of the virus, but because they do not have enough money to pay for their medical expenses.
The organization has also provided livelihood project to two beneficiaries. This is to ensure, that beneficiaries will be able to feed their families amid the health crisis.
Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, chairperson of the RSC XII and regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XII said the documents of the two nominees will be submitted to the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) to be screened by the National Steering Committee.
National winners will be recognized this December and will be given plaque of recognition and a simple token.
The SOCV started last year in lieu of the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV).
Ramos said the search was implemented to highlight the exemplary contribution of volunteers, as partners of the government in addressing the effects while battling the threat of COVID-19.
“Our government recognizes the efforts of our unsung heroes. Through the SOCV, the essence of volunteerism is still promoted despite the pandemic,” she added.