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Quirino employee wins anew as Region 2 outstanding volunteer

CABARROGUIS, Quirino (19 October) -- Renato Silao, Private Secretary to the office of Mayor Dave Longid of this town was named Most Outstanding Volunteer in the recently concluded Regional Search for Outstanding Volunteer sponsored by the National Economic Development Authority.

For Silao, this is just one of the many achievements he can add to his collection of awards. He has won numerous awards such as Most Outstanding Red Cross Youth Volunteer, Regional SANDUGO Blood Galloner Award, 2003 Regional Outstanding Volunteer, Mr. Congress 2005, Regional Pinoy Pop Star 2005, Finalist, 2003 National Search for Outstanding Volunteers, Finalist, 2005 Search for Outstanding Youth Leader (by UNAP), Finalist, 2007 Gawad Geny Lopez, Jr. BAYANING PILIPINO (ABS-CBN) and Finalist, 2007 National Search for Outstanding Volunteers

Renato Silao, Most Outstanding Volunteer, Region 02.
Silao was recognized for his outstanding work in advocating volunteerism and promotion of activities such as leadership trainings, HIV/ AIDS Prevention Education, Drug Abuse Prevention Education and Leadership and Organizational Skills Trainings to all sectors in the whole province of Quirino.

He also pushed for the organization of Red Cross Youth Councils in the elementary, secondary, and tertiary schools, including communities and initiated the conduct of various Chapter Youth Camps, Congresses, Assemblies, Area 1 Youth Camp, World Red Cross Day, Blood Donor's Day, and other special events in the province.

A blood donor himself, Silao also conducted Blood Donor Recruitment and the Organization of the Pledge 25 and Blood Galloners' Club in the province.

This volunteer is not only active in his activities in the Red Cross but in other undertakings such as talent searches. He has have been busy in the conduct of Search for Cabarroguis Pop Star and Quirino Pop Star.

Silao also disclosed his plans to organize the LGBT community (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transexuals) for them to be more beneficial in the community. "I am also planning to organize a concert entitled BATTLE OF THE CHAMPIONS (Showdown of the Quirino Pop Stars since 2005, both divisions) and organize RED CROSS MUZIK & FACES, a talent search for the Red Cross Stars and Models, in the whole province, he added.

Silao started his volunyeer work in 1994 when Ofelia Garcia, PNRC nurse motivated him to voluntarily donate blood for a 6-month old infant who was rushed to hospital due to complications. "My heart was touched because I saved the life of the baby. From then on, I volunteered myself to volunteer," he narrates.

Before he could become a volunteer, Silao had undergone series of trainings at the Red Cross, one of which was the training he attended in Santiago, Chile and other national trainings.

When asked how does he balance his work as Private Secretary and Population Program Officer, Silao proudly said he is very lucky to have a superior in the person of Mayor Longid who has been supportive of all his undertakings. "The mayor permits me to do volunteer work because he is a volunteer, too," Silao said.

"As to how I balance my work as PS and PPO, it's a self-discretionary matter and to how I find time for volunteer works, it's just a matter of time management. If a person has that passion to serve, time is not a big deal. He can always find time for his self-fulfillment," he added.

He is also thankful for having an understanding girlfriend who is also supportive of all his noble undertakings.

This handsome volunteer has an ultimate dream of becoming a multi-media celebrity so that he can give more assistance to people who need him. "It is expected that when I become what I dreamed for, I would be that rich. If I am rich, I can establish a foundation with a battle cry, "People helping people." This foundation is multi-purpose. Humanitarian in spirit, talent development in nature, and poverty alleviating in essence", Silao enthused. (PIA Quirino) [top]

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