The Philippine National Volunteer Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) under the auspices of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) recently recognized the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) as the Regional Outstanding Volunteer Organization in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The award was solely granted to the institution under the non-profit category of the Search for the Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) 2022.
The Regional Outstanding Volunteer Organization title, which was first received by Benilde SDEAS in 2019, commends the dedication of the school and its Center for Deaf Esteem and Formation (CDEAF) in its commitment to help Deaf scholars develop their faith, social responsibility, creativity and innovation through formation programs.
Motivated with the mission to promote inclusive education, it guides its learners to acquire knowledge, skills, and values to achieve excellence with integrity both in their academic and personal lives.
The CDEAF is led by Director Dr. Bea Francisco, with program coordinators William I. Sidayon Jr., Michael Jose R. Autencio, Ma. Fe Andrea R. Faustino and Zernice Mae R. Cruz and trainers Ma. Lovella M. Catalan, and Myra V. Medrana.
The organization likewise encourages students to become capable and value-laden Deaf leader-advocates by promoting volunteering through various community programs that benefit both the Deaf community and the general public.
Established in 2001, this year-long pursuit headed by PNVSCA and the National Volunteer Month Steering Committee validates and honors individuals, organizations, and local government units for their “exceptional performance and achievements in empowering communities and contributing to the country’s developmental goals”.
It is conducted in coordination with NEDA Regional Offices (NROs), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA).
PNVSCA, a government agency that advocates and recognizes volunteer programs and services in the Philippines, closely works with various private and public sectors in the country in linking and ensuring that the diverse volunteering efforts and resources are “aligned with national priorities and assist especially the marginalized sectors and communities.”