Sunday, April 8, 2012

News Update Community Dev't Volunteers Urged To Join This Year's Bayani Challenge

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte (PIA) - The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through its flagship project "Pilipinas Natin (PN)," is at the forefront again, this time calling for volunteers to join Bayani Challenge 2012 which will run simultaneously in five provinces, namely Cagayan De Oro, Iligan, Dumaguete, Masbate, and Mindoro, starting tomorrow, April 9, up to April 14.
With the theme "Pilipinas, Ngayon Na!" the five-day activity intends to awaken the "bayani" or heroic spirit in every Filipino and test how far one could go in the spirit of volunteerism for community development. This project also seeks to highlight the urgency of people coming together for a common cause, which is to build a better Philippines for the coming generations to enjoy.
"It is inherent in every Filipino to care and this is our chance to show the world that together, we can build a strong nation," PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma said in a press statement, adding, "we can start by caring for our own town or city and eventually level up by helping other communities through acts of volunteerism and "bayanihan" (working together). That's why I encourage one and all to take part in our Bayani Challenge and experience the vibrancy and passion that the Pilipinas Natin family has towards nation building."
The event's highlights include building of houses and schools, fun and learning activities with the kids, love for the environment and health mission. PN has also laid down other recreational activities like photography sessions, sports competition, bayanihan race, cooking demo, and concert, to serve as breather to participating volunteers.
PCOO, through its Office of Special Concerns (OSC), in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, hopes to mobilize 2,000 volunteers (from the youth, government, and non-government organizations) in each province, which means a total of 10,000 volunteers across the country to create an impact on 3,640 families.
Interested participants should first form a team of 15 volunteers and register online at Then, they can choose the area and activity where they would want to participate. A confirmation email will be sent containing information regarding what to bring and the detailed activity plan.