MANILA—The regional offices of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) are now accepting regional nominations for this year’s Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV). 

The SOV recognizes the exemplary performance and dedication of Filipino volunteers as they build strong communities across the country. 

Since 2001, the SOV had recognized 101 volunteers and volunteer organizations that have initiated and/or assisted development projects in different sectors nationwide and served as models whose contributions to society are considered best practices in volunteerism. 

All individuals of Filipino citizenship, Filipino volunteer organizations, or local chapters of foreign volunteer organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines are eligible to participate. 

The Award categories are (1) National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA) for outstanding volunteer individuals and organizations, including corporate volunteering initiatives and (2) Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA) for those who had engaged in consistent volunteering activities for at least twenty-five (25) years and attained national status and recognition and the field of volunteerism. 

The SOV also recognizes through Special Citations individual/s and organization/s with special contribution to volunteerism and have made a difference in the history of Philippine volunteering. 

Nominations from Metro Manila must be submitted to the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), while those from the regions must be submitted to the NEDA Regional Offices (NROs). Meanwhile, nominations from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) must be submitted to the Regional Planning Development Office (RPDO). 

Deadline for submission of nominations is on 23 August 2013. Nomination forms are available at PNVSCA, NROs and the ARMM-RPDO and can be downloaded at their respective websites. 

For more information, please contact Mr. Kenneth C. Siruelo, PNVSCA at (632) 381-0559 / (632) 435-7999; email: or visit 

The PNVSCA, which is one of the seven agencies attached to NEDA, is the government agency mandated to promote and coordinate volunteer programs and services in the Philippines.