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Outstanding Caraga volunteers named

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (September 28) -- The 2007 Search for Outstanding Volunteers have finally come to conclusion, naming the Caraga Region's winners in the individual and group category.

Mrs. Marivic Boholts, a barangay health worker from Barangay Zaragoza, Surigao City and the Agusan Ecotech Foundation from Trento, Agusan del Sur were chosen winners in the individual and group categories during the evaluation conducted recently by the 5-member regional search committee composed of representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Mrs.Boholts qualified in the regional level for her exemplary performance and dedication to serve her community.

In a recommendation signed by Surigao City Health Officer Aldine Morales, she said "the spirit and genuine love motivated Boholts to serve the constituents and with the appropriate skills and knowledge gained from seminars she attended, she (Boholts) became capacitated to do in this noble task."

The statement of Morales was supported by some residents of Barangay Zaragoza during an interview conducted by the search committee saying that Boholts is a well-organized leader, committed, dedicated and systematic in maximizing the community activities by leading in the implementation of minimum basic needs approach and health care services to the people. "She responds immediately to those who needs her help by providing better services and referred it to the higher authority," said Guillerma Lipao, a resident of Barangay Zaragoza.

One of the residents also said that the nominee works harmoniously with her colleagues which show that she possesses ability of a model health worker that deserves to be a good leader.

With her noble work as volunteer, Boholts already received numerous recognitions from the city government of Surigao, which qualifies her to be nominated in the regional level.

Meanwhile, the Agusan Ecotech Foundation whose vision and mission is to enhance ecological and holistic sustainable livelihood upliftment through genuine people empowerment geared towards total human development, is this year's winner in the group category.

The organization headed by the Executive Director, Fr. Pio Eugenio was established in the early 90's whose significant accomplishments include the promotion of organic agriculture by conducting seminars and trainings in about 200 sites nationwide in the last 11 years, focusing on organic rice production. This, according to Fr. Pio, is the organization's main contribution to the upliftment of the quality of life in the rural areas.

Fr. Pio added, through organic farming, organic rice and organic food industry in the country will be produced for local consumers and export. "By organic agriculture, we are contributing to the enhancement of the environment by restoring the soil fertility. Thus, enriching and preserving our life-giving natural resources," Fr. Pio said.

Among the awards and recognition received by the organization are the Presidential Award for Outstanding Kabisig NGO for Region 10 in 1994. Also on that same year, the organization was the recipient of the 1994 Parangal ng NEPA for Outstanding Achievement in Economic Nationalism.

The regional winners will receive Plaque of Appreciation and will be the region's official entries to the 2007 Outstanding National Volunteers.

It can be recalled that Fr. Pio Eugenio was last year's winner in the national individual category. In 2005, Ruel Hipulan of Save Mindanao Movement also grabbed the individual category in the national level. (PIA-13) [top]

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