The National Volunteer Month Steering Committee, in coordination with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), launched the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) for 2018 which acknowledges noble acts of service and volunteerism in the Philippines. The Hydrology for Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) Davao Network was among the six (6) regional nominees who bagged the Outstanding Volunteer Award. The award was presented during the Social Development Committee (SDC) meeting on December 05, 2018, at the CHED XI Conference Room, Loyola St., Bo. Obrero, Davao City.
As a network of volunteers, the institutional and individual membership of HELP Davao Network is uniquely composed of a combination of professionals with various backgrounds in technical, political, economic, planning and development, and social advocacies. The members come from the government organizations, LGUs, academic and research institutions, POs and NGOs. This allows for multi-sectoral participation thus resulting to decisions, plans, and directions that represent the perspective of multiple key stakeholders.
The HELP Davao Network is committed to engaging a full spectrum of water stakeholders to work collectively for management of water for all efforts have focused on ensuring decision key stakeholders have had access to sound science in creating informed complex decisions in relation to the management and wise use of water.
Among the projects/activities designed by the HELP Davao Network are as follows: Sustainability Science research project entitled Demonstration Site on “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao” in the Philippines; Amelioration and Rehabilitation of Community-based Learning Center (Urban Water Systems monitoring for Disaster Preparedness); Collaborative program on “Platform for Water Disasters”; Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Training for LGUs; Asia-Pacific Facility for Accelerating Science and Technology Project entitled “Demonstration Site on Fostering Partnerships in Accelerating SETI Frameworks Towards Attainment of SDG in Southern Philippines”; Assessment of the extent of implementation of standards and procedures for water safety in the Philippines.
Since HELP Davao Network’s conception, they’ve maintained excellent standing in engaging a full range of water stakeholders to work collectively for the management of water for all. Committing to this act of volunteerism that resonates among members, they continue to strive for opportunities to encourage active participation to many stakeholders and fostering partnerships along the way. (Text by: Samantha T. Burgos – HCDC