City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – SOCCSKSARGEN Region was privileged to launch the 2018 Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV) with the presence of no other than the Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordination Agency (PNVSCA). The launching was done on April 19, 2018 at the Mt. Parker Room, NEDA XII Building, Prime Regional Government Center, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.

Executive Director De Vera is joined by four (4) staff, namely: Corazon M. Macanag, Severina B. Volante, Angeles E. Gavino, and Ira Karen Apanay.

The launching activity was conducted back-to-back with the SOV-Regional Steering Committee (RSC) XII Meeting.  The SOV-RSC XII is chaired by NEDA XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero, with the regional agencies of DILG, TESDA, PIA, CHED and CSC as members.  During the meeting, RSC XII decided to include three (3) additional members coming from the private sector, namely: Mr. Carlito Y. Uy, Mr. Jose Ronie V. Mondragon and Ms. Eulit F. Torres, to join in the 2018 Search for Outstanding Volunteers.

The Search is open to individuals and organizations who have been in volunteerism work in the past three to five years. It aims to highlight the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in helping people and communities and recognize the role of volunteerism in development and nation-building.

After the launching, request for nominations for the Search will follow, with the deadline of submission set on July 15, 2018.  All nominations shall be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office 12, which acts as the Secretariat.

Nomination documents shall be processed and validated, which will include the actual field validation to be conducted by the RSC-Technical Working Group (TWG). The TWG is composed of technical staff of the RSC-member agencies (SJAlido, NEDA XII-DRD).