The Search for Outstanding Volunteer-Regional Search Committee (SOV-RSC) XII met on June 28, 2016 at NEDA XII Building, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City for a briefing on the details of the selection process for the 2016 SOV.  The RSC  XII is composed of NEDA, CSC, TESDA, CHEDA, DILG, PIA and RDC Private Sector Representative Jose Ronie V. Mondragon of the Labor Sector.

In his opening message, NEDA XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero, SOV-RSC Chairperson, thanked and reminded the members of the Committee to continuously support the activity to encourage individuals and organizations to sustain their volunteer works in the region.

The briefing marks the start of the yearly search for outstanding volunteers in SOCCSKSARGEN.  The search is open to all Filipino volunteers and organizations which provide volunteer assistance in the region.

The SOV award has three categories, viz:

  1. a) National Outstanding Volunteer Award for Individual-Youth and Adult and for Organization – Non-profit and Corporate;
  2. b) Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award for individual or organization whose achievement is regarded as an inspiration and role model in the field of volunteerism; and
  3. c) Special Citation in Volunteerism to recognize volunteering efforts and/or support to volunteerism by an individual, group or organization that do not qualify under the regular SOV categories but which are deemed equally meritorious in accomplishment.

SOCCSKSARGEN Region has already produced eight (8) SOV national winners, viz: seven (7) winners for Individual-adult category that included Conchita Mistral, Bai Fatima Sinsuat, Bro. Andres Betita, Yusoph Mohammad, Col. Celestino F. Desamito, and Datu Lamberto A. Delfin; and one (1) for the Individual-youth category, John Oliver Tablazon.

Interested individuals or organizations may send their nominations on or before July 29, 2016 to:

Chairperson, Search for Outstanding Volunteer-Regional Search Committee (SOV-RSC) XII
c/o- NEDA XII, Prime Regional Government Center
Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City


The 2016 SOV will culminate with the awarding ceremony during the celebration of the National Volunteer Month (NVM) in December this year. (Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII-DRD)