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Filipinos urged to ‘Discover, act, volunteer’
23 November 2004

Manila: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in the Philippines launched a month-long International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebration, dubbed as “Discover. Act. Volunteer!”

The event aims to recognize volunteers who gave their time, talent and passion to help others. The activities would culminate in the whole-day Volunteer Fair on IVD, 5 December in the capital Manila.

“The Fair aims to enhance the recognition, networking and promotion of volunteerism, highlight the importance of partnership between different sectors of society to strengthen the role of volunteers for social development and show different faces of volunteerism,” says a UNV representative.

During the Fair, two roundtable discussions the theme “Volunteerism for Peace and Development” will be participated by volunteers who live in the “high risk” in the Philippines will share their experiences in facing conflict.

There will also be an awarding ceremony for the Essay Writing Contest, promoted by iVolunteer; the launch of the Marketplace, a project run by all the organizations involved in the Fair aimed at creating a on line and on site Market event to meet and match the demand and supply of Volunteerism; music performances to feature rock and pop bands, children chorus, and other interactive performance by street-dancers and actors.

The Fair would also feature a Photo Exhibit entitled “Volunteerism: the Resource of the Passion” promoted by UNV; a Video-Marathon showing various volunteers’ programmes and reportage; and the unveiling of a Mural done by five young Filipino artists.

The young artists will work on the mural during the Fair and present their work to the public. The mural painting will capture the activities of the Fair and will be placed at the center of the venue where visitors could also participate in creating the mural while standing around the working area.

Meanwhile, the Fair would also feature NGO booths and volunteer-involving organizations to provide informative material on their programs and projects geared toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the Philippines.

The Philippine government has issued proclamations declaring 5 December as IVD and December as National Volunteer Month.

This year’s IVD celebration is done through the cooperation between UNV Philippines; the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA); several volunteer-involving organizations VOICE, iVolunteer, and VSO; and representatives from the private sector and civil society like Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and CreativeAid.

From: UN Volunteers in the Philippines