SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb 11 (PIA) — Volunteerism, a noble and admirable undertaking, is currently making ripples in the grassroots. The Aquino administration’s volunteerism movement, “Pilipinas Natin” continues to grow, this time taking off in two college campuses in this province.
A flagship campaign of the Presidential Communications Operations Office for Special Concerns, the Pilipinas Natin campaign is meant to connect government with the people by forming a volunteerism movement that will harness the Filipino’s potential for greatness.
The campaign among the youth here came in the form of a leadership forum that was separately held at the Saint Louis College and at the Lorma Colleges on February 6.
June Joson, the project’s overall coordinator, said the campaign challenges the youth in raising the inherent Filipino spirit of caring and sharing and love for the country.
“It is an opportunity for us to engage student leaders in promoting the bayanihan spirit to achieve progress,” he said.
Joson also took the occasion to encourage the Ilocos youth to get involved in the Pilipinas Natin and “Bayani Challenge” on March 23 to 27 in Candon City in Ilocos Sur.
The five-day volunteerism event will bring together volunteers who will work in building homes, repairing schools, medical missions, and climate change mitigation, among others.
Dubbed “Isang Bayani, Isang Bayanihan,” Joson expects to marshal 4,000 volunteers from all over the region aimed at highlighting the importance of unity and solidarity among Filipinos.
Since its initial launch in June 30, 2011 in time for President Aquino’s first year in office, the Pilipinas Natin campaign has been taken to various venues across the country asking the people to respond to the call for change. (MCA/MHH-PIA1, La Union)