SU, PNVCSA hosts International Volunteer’s Day symposium

SU, PNVCSA hosts International Volunteer’s Day symposium

Silliman University (SU), through its Office of Community Engagement and Service-Learning (OCESL), partners with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) to host a symposium in celebration of International Volunteer’s Day on December 5-6, 2022.

The Symposium on International Volunteering will be held onsite at Silliman Hall. It can be attended online through Zoom or through a livestream on the Facebook pages of SU and PNVSCA.

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres and the Department of Foreign Affairs-UN International Organizations will deliver keynote messages during the symposium. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos will deliver the closing remarks.

UN Volunteers-Asia and the Pacific will present highlights of the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2022.

On the topic of “International Volunteering in the Philippines: Past, Present, and Future,” the following international volunteer service organizations will share their insights: Australian Volunteers

Program, France Volontaires, Korea International Cooperation Agency, JICA Volunteer Program, Global Initiative for Exchange and Development, Inc., United States Peace Corps, and VSO.

International and local volunteers, volunteer service organization representatives, members of the academe, and NGOs will also be able to share their experiences through workshops and sharing sessions. 

Volunteer service organizations will also have display booths at the venue.

International Volunteer Day, a global occasion proclaimed by the United Nations every December 5, is one of the main events of National Volunteer Month (NVM). The Philippine Government, through Presidential Proclamation No. 55 s. 1998, designated the month of December as NVM to promote volunteering across the country, provide an atmosphere conducive to it, and acknowledge volunteers as key players in development.

With the global theme, “Solidarity through Volunteering,” the Day provides an opportunity for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, and the private sector.

SU and PNVSCA invited representatives of international volunteer service organizations, local partner institutions, select members of the diplomatic corps, higher education institutions, national and regional line agencies, local government units, and corporate and voluntary sectors to attend the symposium.