Ateneo honors Negrense Volunteers for Change with  award for helping people

Published November 25, 2022, 10:15 AM

by Glazyl Masculino

AWARD FOR NVC –The Negrense Volunteer for Change (NVC) Foundation led by its president Millie Kilayko (second from right) was conferred the Parangal Lingkod Sambayanan award during the special academic convocation for Traditional Awards of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in Manila Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (Photo courtesy of ADMU)

BACOLOD CITY –The Negrense Volunteer for Change (NVC), a 12-year-old non-government organization (NGO), was conferred the Parangal Lingkod Sambayanan award by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) during the special academic convocation for Traditional Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

NVC president Millie Kilayko accepted the award from ADMU president Roberto Yap and Board of Trustees chair Bernadine Siy during the ceremony held at Hyundai Hall, Arete, at the Loyola Heights campus.

“The Parangal Lingkod Sambayanan award recognizes the outstanding public service of an individual or organization over many years.  Public service is defined as work that supplements or complements government efforts – promoting social justice, sustainability, discourse, peace, and development. Through all of this, the spirit of volunteerism should be evident in service which does not ask for, or take anything in return…,” the ceremony program stated.

Kilayko, in her speech, said that “all the work that we have done, is never because of us, but because of the God who makes all things possible.”

Kilayko said she offers the award to a small group of friends who bond to make this world a better place, the ordinary men and women who dare to stand for causes and advocacies they believe in, little children who break piggy banks so that other children may be fed, and the thousands of named and unnamed volunteers who do little act of kindness in their homes, villages, and communities (near and far).

“Hindi kayo nag-iisa. Hindi tayo nag-iisa. This award is yours as well,” Kilayko said.

Kilayko thanked the ADMU in recognizing NVC Foundation’s power to make a difference despite their littleness, ordinariness, and powerlessness.

“You (ADMU) are recognizing the power of the human spirit, the generosity of an enlightened community, and the love of God who upholds all things good,” she said, adding that they can only repay them with the smiles of the children who the foundation is serving.

NVC Foundation was truly humbled, honored, and grateful for the award, she said.

Awardees

In the same ceremony, ADMU awarded the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi to Lualhati T. Bautista; the Ozanam Award to Eva K. Galvey; and the Parangal Lingkod Sambayan to Jaime Z. Galvez Tan.

NVC Foundation President Millie L. Kilayko with Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Roberto Yap.


NVC Foundation

The NVC Foundation was established in the Philippines in August 2010 to harness the power of private citizens to create positive and lasting change in their communities, towns and cities, and the country.

Aside from providing Mingo meals, a nutritious instant complementary food made of rice, mongo (mung beans), and malunggay (moringa) primarily for infants and toddlers, the foundation also helps typhoon victims, fishermen, and other people in great need.

In fact, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020, the foundation also did their share in helping the frontliners and children at the height of the global crisis.

NVC distributed thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face shields to medical frontliners in many hospitals in Negros Occidental.ceived the award from ADMU president Roberto Yap and Board of Trustees chair Bernadine Siy during the ceremony held at Hyundai Hall, Arete, at the Loyola Heights campus.

The Ateneo Board of Trustees chose to award one organization and six individuals, recognizing their exemplary work in the society.

Kilayko, in her speech, said that all the work that they have done was never because of them, but because of God, who makes all the things possible.

Kilayko said she also offers the award to small group of friends who bond to make this world a better place, the ordinary men and women who dares to stand for causes and advocaies they believe in, little children who break piggy banks so that other children may be fed, and the thousands of named and unnamed volunteers who do little act of kindness in their homes, villages, and communities (near and far).

“Hindi kayo nag-iisa. Hindi tayo nag-iisa. This award is yours as well,” Kilayko said.

Kilayko thanked the ADMU in recognizing NVC Foundation’s power to make a difference despite their littleness, ordinariness, and powerlessness.

“You (ADMU) are recognizing the power of the human spirit, the generosity of an enlightened community, and the love of God who upholds all things good,” she said, adding that they can only repay them with the smiles of the children whom the foundation serve.

NVC Foundation was truly humbled, honored, and grateful for the award.

The foundation was established in the Philippines in August 2010 by private citizens to harness the power of private citizens to create positive and lasting change in their communities, towns and cities, and the country.

Aside from providing Mingo meals, a nutritious instant complementary food made of rice, mongo (mung beans), and malunggay (moringa) primarily for infants and toddlers, the foundation also helps typhoon victims, fishermen, and other people in great need.

In fact, when Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020, the foundation also did their share in helping the frontliners and children in the height of the global crisis.

The non-government organization (NGO) distributed thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face shields to some medical frontliners in different hospitals in Negros Occidental.

 
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