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.
The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency calls on all government institutions including national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financing institutions (GFIs); civil society and non-government organizations, corporate and business entities; the academe; and individuals in celebrating NVM 2019 and together, promote volunteerism as a way of life.
The theme for NVM 2019 celebration is "Be an Inspiration, Volunteer!" to emphasize the important role of volunteers as motivators, enablers and leaders in development activities and how volunteer actions touch the lives of individuals and communities to inspire them to actively contribute and participate in volunteerism for development.