search for outstanding volunteers

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 27 (PIA) – The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSA) has extended the deadline for submission of entries/forms for the 2015 Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV) from June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015.

This is to ensure more participation of qualified non-government organizations, civil society organizations and people’s organizations particularly those having the potential of getting recognized by the Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV) National Steering Committee.

Regional Director Bonifacio G. Uy of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said taht for the 2015 Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV), there are two regular award categories namely: the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA) and the National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA).

The VLAA is conferred to an individual or organization for consistent and outstanding volunteer service and whose achievement is regarded as an inspiration and role model in the field of volunteerism. To qualify for the VLAA, the individual or organization must have been engaged in consistent volunteering activities for at least 25 years and must have been a recipient of regional, national or international awards in relation to volunteerism.

On the other hand, NOVA is a recognition conferred to an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer service that has made a significant contribution in uplifting the lives of the people and communities they served.

NOVA is categorized into Individual which is further categorized into Youth and Adult while Organization is categorized into Non-Profit and Corporate.

To qualify for the NOVA under Individual Category, the volunteer must have provided volunteer assistance consistently for at least three (3) years for the Youth Category and at least five (5) years for the Adult Category at the time of submission of nomination.

In addition, PNVSCA also give Special Citation Award for volunteers who did not qualify under the two regular SOV awards but have been extensively involved in volunteer works especially in the disaster affected areas in the region.

The Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) is open to all individuals of Filipino citizenship; Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international non-profit organizations and Filipino or local chapters of foreign corporate organizations.

In 2014, the Leyte Center for Development (LCDe), Inc., one of the regions’ nine entries to the search, was awarded by 2014 SOV National Steering Committee under the Regional Awards Category and under the Organization Non-Profit Category.

For those interested, nomination forms are available at NEDA regional office 8, Government Center,or maybe downloaded at and at and a duly filled-out nomination forms should be submitted to NEDA regional office 8.(ajc/cba/PIA-8/NEDA-8)