BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Regional Development Council recognized winners of the Cordillera’s Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV) 2022 during its March 9 1st Quarter 2023 Full Council Meeting.
For the SOV Individual Youth category, regional awardee is Carmen Malabong of Ambasing, Sagada, Mountain Province. She is engaged in various outreach activities and in organizing youth leadership summits in different areas of Mountain Province.
A Bachelor of Science in Development Communication student at the Benguet State University, Malabong authored a book entitled “Footsteps” which proceeds from the sales of book she uses to fund her outreach activities.
Assistant Professor 1 Paul Joseph A. Nuval of the Benguet State University is the winner for the SOV- Individual-Adult Category.
Nuval conducted donation drives and relief operations in disaster -stricken areas and provided voluntary and expert services to different government institutions and universities. He also provided educational assistance to deserving students of BSU Buguias Campus.
Another regional awardee is the Project 360 Organization Inc. of Virac in Itogon, Benguet for the Organization - Non-Profit Category. The organization conducted gift – giving activities (school supplies to different schools in CAR) and provided financial assistance to cover Parent- Teacher Association fees and scholarships to selected students. It also so adopted a day care which it regularly provided with school supplies and equipment.
For the Organization-Corporation Category, regional awardee is the Breast-Feeding Care Center of the North with office at Baguio City.
Founded by Jocelyn Sagubo and Anne May Mendoza, the group provided voluntary services as resource speaker on breastfeeding awareness, lactation management training and maternal infant and young child feeding to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, barangays and hospitals.
RDC – CAR Co – Chairperson Edna Tabanda and Vice Chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority – CAR Regional Director Susan Sumbelling led other RDC Sectoral Committee officials in awarding the plaque of recognition to the awardees.
The SOV is an annual undertaking of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) in partnership with NEDA regional offices. The search aims to give recognition to outstanding Filipino volunteers, individuals or organizations, for their exemplary performance and achievements in empowering communities and in promoting a culture of volunteerism. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)