7.10.2009

PIA News Service - Friday, July 10, 2009

Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2009 is on

BUTUAN CITY – The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) thru the SOV Regional Search Committees headed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga with its partner agencies are now accepting nominations of various volunteer group or individual for the National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA) and Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA) from the communities in Caraga region.

The Search for Outstanding Volunteers aims to highlight and recognize the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in building strong communities across the country through volunteerism.

The Search is open to all individuals of Filipino citizenship and Filipino volunteer organizations or local chapter organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines.

NOVA is a recognition conferred on outstanding volunteer individuals and organizations that are chosen from among the regional qualifiers. The two categories under this award are the Individual, and organization.

An individual volunteer is a person that engages in activity/ies undertaken not primarily for financial gain that involves spending time on his/her own free will, doing activities that aims to benefit the community, the environment or individuals outside one’s immediate family.

The individual category is classified into youth and adult. Nominee for this category must be 15-30 years old (youth category) and at least 31 years old (adult category) at the time of submission of nomination; is providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least three years (youth category) and at least five years (adult category) to socio-economic, civic and humanitarian programs or projects in institutions or communities; and is a member of a volunteer organization or institution that is registered with the Securities and Evchange Commission (SEC); or registered by the PNVSCA or duly recognized by an accrediting government institution; or is recognized as a volunteer by communities, groups or institutions which he/she serves.

Also, the Volunteer Organizations are classified into Non-Profit and Corporate. For purposes of the search, a Non-Profit refers to any non-stock, non-governmental organizations including schools and company/corporation and one that engages the services of volunteers in socio-economic and cultural development, humanitarian, civic activities, advocacy, capability building and networking for volunteerism or is created specifically to recruit, train and deploy volunteers for such purpose.

A corporate refers to companies that engage employee volunteering as an approach to achieve corporate social responsibility; or to corporate-supported or affiliated foundations that engage volunteers to implement volunteer program/s. A nominee to be qualified should be providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least five years (for Non-Profit) and at least three years (for Corporate); and is formally organized, with SEC registration and/or duly registered by the PNVSCA or granted accreditation by government or non-government organizations duly recognized by government; or is formally established but is recognized as a volunteer organization by communities, groups or institutions it serves.

Meanwhile, the VLAA is a recognition conferred to an individual volunteer of Filipino citizenship, or Filipino volunteer organization or a local chapter organization of a foreign volunteer organization serving in the Philippines.

A nominee for VLAA should have been engaged in consistent volunteering activities for at least 25 years; has attained national status and recognition in the field of volunteerism; has been a recipient of national and international recognition/awards; plays a significant role/contribution in promoting volunteerism and possesses the capability to mobilize others to support volunteer causes; and serves as a role model through a positive representation of volunteerism as a development resource.

According to Ms. Venus Derequito of NEDA-Caraga that all nominations must be received by the SOV Regional Search Committees not later than July 31, 2009. Mailed nomination must also be postmarked not later than said date.

It was also learned that the regional qualifiers shall receive certificates of recognition; national awardees shall receive trophies; and recipients of VLAA shall receive medals and certificates of recognition while the national awardees and recipients of VLAA based outside Metro Manila will be provided round-trip transportation and accommodation for their attendance in the awarding ceremony.

Awards will be conferred in manila in December 10, 2009.

SOV Regional Search Committees in Caraga is encouraging the general public to participate and send in their nominations for the Outstanding Volunteers this year at NEDA-Caraga Regional Office, J. Rosales Avenue, this city. 

For more information please call the office of NEDA-Caraga and look for Ms. Venus Derequito, SOV Focal Person at this number: (085) 342-5774. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga with reports from NEDA-Caraga)



POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo

Report on illegal possession of firearm

On July 9, 2009 around 1:00 o'clock dawn at J.C Aquino Avenue, Barangay Diego Silang, Butuan City, PNP personnel from Butuan City Police Station 1 responded to a telephone call for police assistance to Mr. Arcelino B Esclamado, 39 years old, married and a resident of Purok-4A Barangay Buhangin, Butuan City who was mauled by two drank individuals who were identified as PFC Ricky Rowuiro Mondejar, 38 years old, Phil Army member and a resident of Barangay Remedios, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur and Jake Pedad Malasang, 45 years old, married and a resident of Purok-5 Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan City.

Both suspects were apprehended and recovered from the possession of Jake Malasang the one (1) caliber .45 pistol Colt MKIV with one magazine loaded with seven live ammos, and could not present any document for the legality of said firearm.

Around 11:40 AM of same date, a case for illegal possession of firearms and ammos was filed at the Prosecutor's Office docketed under IS number XIII-01-INQ-09G-00065 against Jake Malasang while a case for slight physical injuries docketed under IS number XIII-01-INQ-09G-00066 was also filed against PFC Ricky Mondejar.

Mondejar was released per resolution by Prosecutor Aljay Go since the case falls under the Rules of Summary Procedure while Jake Malasang executed a waiver of detention for fifteen days to avail preliminary investigation for the case filed against him. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Surrender of loose firearm

On July 8, 2009 around 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon, a certain Roland Perez Camino, of legal age, single and a resident of Sitio Gacub, Barangay La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur surrendered one unit home made caliber .30 carbine rifle to the elements of Prosperidad Municipal Police Station led by PI Apollo b Abao, COP after conducting information drive at the said place.

Subject firearm is now under the custody of Prosperidad Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

Also, on July 7, 2009 around 1:00 in the afternoon, Hon Gomersendo B Teraytay, Barangay Captain of Barangay Sta Paz, Pilar, Surigao del Norte voluntarily surrendered his one unit home made caliber .38 revolver with serial number 46646 to PI Fructouso Jabenero, COP of Pilar Municipal Police Station while conducting information drive at the said place. Subject firearm is now in the custody of Pilar Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)