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RPDO steers its 1st Regional Steering Committee Meeting CY 2015 The Regional Steering Committee- Search for Outstanding Volunteers (RSC-SOV) spearheaded by the Regional Planning and Development Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RPDO-ARMM) has successfully convened its 1st RSC-SOV meeting CY 2015 held today, April 21 at the RPDO Conference Hall, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

Engr. Mlang U. Madal, RPDO Assistant Executive Director presided the meeting in behalf of Engr. Baintan A. Ampatuan, Executive Director of the RPDO, with the RSC members namely the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG-ARMM), Civil Service Commission (CSC-ARMMM), and Bureau of Public Information (BPI-ARMM). Representatives from the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-ARMM) also attended the meeting.

Engr. Madal emphasized that the ARMM-RSC and the 2014 Search for Outstanding Volunteers were created in accordance to the two legal bases; a) Presidential Decree No. 55 “Declaring the Month of December of Every Year as the National Volunteer Month”, and b) Republic Act No. 9418 “An Act Institutionalizing a Strategy for Rural Development, Strengthening Volunteerism and for Other Purposes”.

Ms. Melanie M. Indar, RPDO Chief of the Macro-Economic Planning Division (MEPD) stressed that the meeting was convened to re-orient the RSC members on the legal bases and functions of the SOC-RSC; procedures on disseminating information concerning SOV; mechanics and procedures in selecting nominees for the individual and organization category; and review and concur the SOV-RSC upcoming activities.

RSC-SOV is the primary body, in close coordination with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), which aims to undertake advocacy for the promotion and recognition of volunteerism as a tool for development, and endorse all qualified nominations to the SOV-National Selection Committee.

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