The Philippine Government gives paramount importance to people’s participation as prime movers of development. Creating a self-resilient and self-sustaining nation entails proactive citizens who work hand-in-hand with the duty bearers through volunteer engagements. Filipinos are known for the culture of “bayanihan” where each and every Juan or Juana readily lends a hand when needed.
In recognition of the dedicated service of Filipino volunteers, the month of December was declared as the National Volunteer Month (NVM) per Presidential Proclamation No. 55, series of 1998.