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Thursday, July 28, 2016

‘Volunteerism Story Writing’ tilt for college studes is on

By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – Undergraduate college students who are presently taking or done with the National Service Training Program (NSTP) are now invited to join the “Volunteerism Writing Contest” spearheaded by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

This writing competition aims to engage the Filipino youth in promoting volunteerism “as a way of life and cross-cutting tool for socio-economic development.”

Anchored on the theme “Volunteerism for Sustainable Development,” each participant shall write a feature story on the experiences and contributions of an individual and/or organization to achieving the United Nation’s sustainable development goals and the Philippines’ commitment to the global development priorities.

In her letter to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-9 bared that each region will have a winning entry for this contest.

The contestant shall submit both printed and electronic copies of his/her entry on or before Aug. 31, 2016. The e-copy in portable document format  (PDF) must be sent by email at and the printed copy in a brown envelope to Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, Ground Floor, Philippine sugar Center Building, North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

The feature story must have a title, be in PDF, written in English, typewritten, double spaced with font size Arial 11; top, bottom, left and right margins must be one inch; maximum number of words is 1,800; name and signature of the participant are written at the top left-hand corner of each page.

The criteria for judging are relevance to the theme – 40 percent, understanding of volunteerism for development – 20 percent, creativity – 20 percent, and language proficiency – 20 percent.

Only one entry per student is allowed and co-authored entries will not be accepted.

The entry should not have been previously published in a printed or an online material and should not have been submitted in any government or private organization-administered contest.

Contest guidelines, mechanics and entry forms can be downloaded at PNVSCA’s website, and facebook page and at CHED’s website,