MANILA- Community volunteers from all over the country were honored Wednesday by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD as part of the National Volunteer Month celebration of the government.
The volunteers are regional representatives of the Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers Association of the Philippines, which has more than 934,000 members.
Recognized for their contributions are Rita Campos, Gentry Tam-awe, Ariel Duque, Eulino Usolino, Rey Traballo, Sharmaine Catapang, Elmer Obias, Loreto Constantino, Jr., Julmar Bagwisa, Aida Laruda, Dorotea Dalagea, Nievan Llacuna, Royeca Palbe, Mayvel Aquino, and Vicente Gausin.
Tam-awe, who hails from Benguet in the Cordillera region, worked on a footpath in their village for easier and safer access to the main road.
“Nakikita ng baranggay officials na ito dapat ang susundan, sabi nga baka magtampo ang DPWH dahil baka wala na silang gagawin,” Tam-awe said.
(Barangay officials saw that we should be followed and even quipped that the DPWH might feel bad because they have nothing else to do.)
Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency Director General Joselito De Vera assured the volunteers that it is still the government that has the primary responsibility of providing services to the people.
“Anuman ang gagawin ng isang tao na pagvo-volunteer, it is still the state who will have the principal responsibility na ang kanyang nasasakupan ay nabibigyan niya ng oportunidad, equal access at karampatang polisiya para maiangat, and, of course, it should always be a shared responsibility,” De Vera said.
(It is still the state's principal responsibility to provide opportunities, equal access, and appropriate policies to improve quality of life.)