3,000 civilian joins Laoag City volunteerism movement

LAOAG CITY, Nov. 11 (PIA) – Some 3,000 volunteers vowed to make a difference in the first Civilian Volunteers Formation, Agserbi 24/7 (CVF, Agserbi 24/7) on Oct. 27 at the Laoag City open court.

Myleen Pascual, Community Affairs Division head, said volunteers were mostly from the civilian group consisted of youth, non-government organization and some media practitioner.

“We have about 3,000 volunteers who registered for the first day and we are still counting because the registration is still on going,” Pascual said.

The volunteerism movement was established by the city in response to the mandate of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to form a Volunteer and Citizenship Program (VCP) in the local government units.

In the DILG memorandum circular no. 9418 also known as “Volunteer and Citizenship Program”, the law requires the local government unitsestablish a volunteer program to enhance good governance.

“Success is more possible with everyone’s help and involvement in nation building’” Mayor Chevylle Farinas said.

The city government officials and barangay officials have also signed-up as volunteers to intensify volunteerism among Laoagenos.

Qualified volunteers were briefed and were assigned in their line of expertise such as in health services, social services, agricultural services, environment and waste management services, for the city disaster risk reduction management services, and for the youth arts, sports and education services.

The DILG will be monitoring and evaluating the performance of the VCPs, Agserbi 24/7 to ascertain the effectiveness of the program and the impact on the LGUs. (MCA/Cherry Joy D.Garma, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)