June 2018

Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2018
2018 Jun 5 - 14:29
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2018 Jun 13 - 14:12

Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 14:29

 

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE COORDINATING AGENCY
Ground Floor, Sugar Center Building, North Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. Nos.: +63(02)453-4726 / +63(02)227-7389
Telefax No.: +63(02)927-6847
Email: info@pnvsca.gov.ph
Website: http://www.pnvsca.gov.ph

I. PURPOSE

The Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) 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.

II. CATEGORIES OF AWARDS

A. National Outstanding Volunteer Award

  1. Individual
    • Youth
    • Adult
  2. Organization
    • Non-Profit
    • Corporate

B. Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Individual
  • Organization

For purposes of the Search,

  1. Volunteer refers to individual/s who for reasons arising from their socio-developmental, business and corporate orientation, commitment or conviction, contribute time, service and resources, whether on full-time or part-time basis to a just and essential social development cause, mission or endeavor in the belief that their activity is mutually meaningful and beneficial to public interest as well as to themselves.
  2. Not-for-Profit refers to non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization/s, including academic institution/s that implement volunteer program/s by mobilizing and engaging volunteers to provide services and assistance in socioeconomic, humanitarian, civic and cultural development activities.
  3. Corporate refers to companies that implement volunteer program/s either as a component of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or initiated and supported by the employee group, where employees are mobilized and engaged to volunteer their time, skills and resources for socioeconomic, humanitarian, civic and cultural development activities.

III. QUALIFICATIONS FOR NOMINATION

A. National Outstanding Volunteer Award

1. Individual

  • Must be fifteen (15) to thirty (30) years old for the youth category and at least thirty-one (31) years old for the adult category at the time of submission of nomination;
  • Has been providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least three (3) years for the youth category and at least five (5) years for the adult category at the time of submission of nomination;
  • A member of a volunteer organization or institution registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or PNVSCA or other duly recognized accrediting government institution; or recognized as a volunteer by the local government, local institution or community being provided with volunteer services; and
  • Has not been found guilty of crime or offense involving moral turpitude.

2. Organization

  • Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international not-for-profit or corporate organizations;
  • Has been providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least five (5) years for the not-for-profit category and at least three (3) years for the corporate category at the time of submission of nomination; and
  • Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or PNVSCA or other duly recognized accrediting government institution; or recognized as a volunteer organization by the local government, local institution or community being provided with volunteer services.

B. Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Has been engaged in consistent volunteering activities for at least twenty five (25) years;
  • Has been a recipient of regional, national or international awards in relation to volunteerism; and
  • Has not been found guilty of crime or offense involving moral turpitude, in the case of individual nominees.

IV. SELECTION CRITERIA

A. National Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Qualities of the Volunteer/Volunteer Organization
  • Performance
  • Outputs and/or Outcomes

B. Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Qualities of the Volunteer/Volunteer Organization
  • Performance
  • Outputs and/or Outcomes
  • Influence and inspiration

V. NOMINATION PROCESS

  1. Nomination forms may be downloaded at www.pnvsca.gov.ph or may be obtained from the following agencies:
    • PNVSCA
    • NEDA Regional Offices
    • Department of the Interior and Local Government - National Capital Region
    • Regional Planning & Development Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
  2. The nomination forms must be submitted to the SOV Regional Search Committee that covers the area where the volunteer or volunteer organization is based. For NCR, nominations may be submitted to DILG-NCR or PNVSCA.
  3. Deadline for submission of nominations is on 15 July 2018.

VI. EXCLUSIONARY PROVISIONS

  1. Self-nomination is not allowed.
  2. Nominees who did not qualify for the national award may be renominated.
  3. National awardees of previous years are no longer eligible to be nominated in the NOVA category but may be nominated in the VLAA category.
  4. Members of the SOV National Selection Committee are not eligible to nominate.

VII. CONFERMENT OF AWARDS

National awardees will be recognized in Manila in December 2018.

Read more: You may visit the PNVSCA website at http//www.pnvsca.gov.ph or through email at info@pnvsca.gov.ph for more information.

NIA opens its dams and reservoirs for floating solar power project

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 14:12

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ventures to floating solar power project on its dams and reservoirs as the SN Aboitiz Power Group has already proposed a water-based solar power project in Magat Dam in Isabela which features solar panels fixed to floats on the water surface.

Such power group will conduct a 2,500-square meter pilot project over the Magat reservoir, a small-scale preliminary study prior to the performance of the large-scale project. The floating solar power project size is yet to be decided after the study.

The result of NIA’s research shows that this water-based solar power project is more beneficial than the land-based one which converts large portion of agricultural lands into solar plants, making irrigable farmlands smaller. This results to the decrease in food production and poses a threat to the country’s food security. It also defeats NIA’s purpose of constructing and developing more irrigation systems in the country to ensure rice self-sufficiency. Instead of indulging into land-based solar project, NIA thus offers its dams and reservoirs for the water-based project which can achieve the same purpose of increasing power production while saving agricultural lands.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya said that one hectare of solar field can produce one megawatt (MW). For instance, in Magat Dam with a reservoir of 4,500 hectares, if 200 hectares will be utilized for water-based solar power, 200 MW will be generated and 200 hectares of agricultural lands will be saved.

Moreover, the project can also be beneficial by providing additional income to the government. It can also prevent the decrease of the water level in the dams and reservoirs due to evaporation. It can likewise provide sanctuary for marine life as it prevents fishes and other species from dying due to hot temperature.

Interestingly, this could also be a tourism promotion for NIA’s dams and reservoirs as the solar power plant will be located in an array of panels affixed to a flotation mechanism above the water surface.

Aside from Magat Dam, there are still other big dams in the country which can also be installed with floating solar power plant, such as the Pantabangan Dam and Casecnan Dam in Nueva Ecija.

 

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741