Koronadal City, South Cotabato – The annual Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV) highlights the National Volunteer Month celebrated every December by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 55, series of 1998. The Regional Search Committee XII Technical Working Group (RSC TWG) kicked-off its SOV 2022 evaluation and validation activity in Cotabato Province on October 4, 2022.

RSC XII – TWG is composed of regional representatives from NEDA, PIA, CHED, CSC, DILG, TESDA and Private Sector Representative Jose Ronie Mondragon and will be validating 12 nominees for this year’s search.

Cotabato Province has two nominees for evaluation and validation under the individual category, one youth and one adult.

Promoting and preserving the indigenous peoples culture is the main focus of Mr. Ian Daniel Geslaga’s volunteer work. Geslaga a resident of Liliongan, Carmen, Cotabato is the founder of the University of Southern Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Association or USMIPA. An IP youth leader who recently graduated cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Development Communication at the University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan.

On the other hand, building a small community, particularly the creation of Purok Apple in Barangay Singao, Kidapawan City is a source of joy for retired teacher Ma’am Norma Adamat. Among her accomplishment as a senior citizen, was her ability to organize the biggest cha cha cha street dance that won for Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province the Guinness World Record with a record high of 14,475 participants. With the said achievement, Kidapawan City Government conferred her the recognition as one of Kidapawan City Heroes.

The Search for Outstanding Volunteer aims to identify and recognize outstanding Filipino volunteers and volunteer organizations for their exemplary performance and achievements that empower communities towards nation-building. (Evie A Cabulanan, NEDA XII-DRD)