By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House of Representatives has adopted resolutions seeking to look into the status of the implementation of the “Volunteerism Act of 2007″.
House Resolutions 799 and 780 sought to determine whether or not Republic Act No. 9418, otherwise known as the “Volunteerism Act of 2007” was being fully implemented, as well as other volunteerism efforts by concerned government agencies and units for national development.
“The inquiry will determine the status of implementing RA 9418 in realizing its legislative intent geared towards national development and in accelerating rural development throughout the country,” according to the resolutions.
The resolutions were authored by Kalinga Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, and AKO BICOL partylist Reps. Alfredo Garbin Jr., Christopher Co and late Rep. Rodel Batocabe.
“Congress, through the Committee on Rural Development, initiated the enactment of RA 9418, which institutionalized volunteerism as a strategy for rural development, on April 10, 2007,” the resolutions said.
The authors of the resolution noted that RA 9418 mandates the government to coordinate, facilitate and encourage the participation of the voluntary sector in the promotion, utilization and recognition of volunteerism in national development and international cooperation through the provision of an enabling and conducive environment for volunteer work.
The law also tasked the national government agencies and local government units to establish volunteer programs in their respective offices to promote and encourage volunteering in government programs and projects, they said.
“The law enjoins also government employees to render volunteer services in social, economic and humanitarian development undertakings in the community,” they said.
The resolutions cite that the volunteering achievements and strategies undertaken by the national government agencies and LGUs in the promotion, advocacy and institutionalization of volunteerism serve as a vital tool for national development and help accelerate rural development.
“The review of these volunteering accomplishments and strategies will also determine their impact on the total well-being of the people in the countryside,” the resolutions said.