The Philippines’ Volunteer Registry and Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency

by Ka Edong on May 6, 2009

e-Government on Technobiography is published on Wednesdays. See e-Government category for more articles.

This week for my e-Government article, I write about government websites related to volunteer work. I chose this topic to expose my readers to more opportunities to be of service to our country. 😉 (Visit for my list of volunteer programs in the Philippines)

This article features the Volunteer Registry by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) under NEDA.

The Volunteer Registry by the DSWD

The Volunteer Registry by DSWD

The Volunteer Registry by DSWD

About the Volunteer Registry

In its effort to mobilize volunteers for disaster risk management and response, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched the Online Registry of Volunteers last January 23,2007.

The registry is a proactive step in preparing for natural and man-made disasters. It will serve as the national database of volunteers for disaster operations and facilitate the deployment of appropriate volunteers to an emergency or disaster operation.

The site has an on-going registry of individual volunteers and organization volunteer.

I signed-up as an individual volunteer. I was asked, among other things, for info about my background, the type of volunteer work I could pitch in, emergency contact information etc.  The information will be used when volunteers are needed in cases of emergency or disaster operations.

The Organization Volunteer page allows an organization to register as a “group” volunteer. This could be a good opportunity for Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

Read more about the Volunteer Registry and their FAQs.

Contact the DSWD Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau
Telephone:     (632) 931-81-01 local 405
Or visit their website at

Volunteer Registry e-Gov Scorecard*:

  • Stage 1: Emerging – 5 of 5
  • Stage 2: Enhanced – 4 of 5
  • Stage 3: Interactive – 3 of 5
  • Stage 4: Transactional – 2 of 5

Conclusion: The Volunteer Registry is a Stage 3 Interactive e-Government Website



Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA)

The PNVSCA “is the government agency in charge of promoting and coordinating all volunteer service matters in the Philippines.”

They have three categories for volunteer programs:

  1. Local Volunteer Programs – Filipinos volunteering in their own area
  2. Volunteer Exchange Programs – Filipinos volunteering in other countries
  3. International Volunteer Service Programs – Foreigners doing volunteer work in the Philippines

Let’s focus on how Filipinos can volunteer in their own area.

There is the Volunteers for Information and Development Assistance (VIDA) program which taps the skills of Filipinos for development projects in communities where they live.

The Volunteers for Information and Development Assistance (VIDA) Program is the platform for local volunteering designed for Filipino volunteers who wish to share their skills and know how in the development projects of their own community. It provides youths and adults the opportunity to hone their skills further through volunteering.

Visit the VIDA program webpage for the application procedure or to download the application form.

Bayanihang Bayan is a Volunteer Program for Government Service

Bayanihang Bayan builds cooperation between government and the private sector in enjoining the participation of Filipino youths, mid-career professionals, retirees and overseas Filipinos in the implementation of government programs and projects.

The Bayanihang Bayan program engages various government agencies as implementing partners.

  1. For the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), volunteers can help implement training, scholarships or accreditation programs.
  2. The Department of Environment and Natural Resouces (DENR) has volunteer programs like adopt-a-mountain, coastal clean-ups or tamaraw conservation.
  3. The Department of Education (DepEd) has programs such as adopt-a-school, teaching development, learning support etc.
  4. The Department of Health (DOH) implements medical services outreach programs with volunteers
  5. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) implements professional services and capacity building.

The PNVSCA provides downloadable forms, feature stories and photographs of volunteers and their very own blog.

Visit PNVSCA the website at
Contact the PNVSCA
for more details.

e-Gov Scorecard*:

  • Stage 1: Emerging – 5 of 5
  • Stage 2: Enhanced – 4 of 5
  • Stage 3: Interactive – 1 of 5
  • Stage 4: Transactional – 0 of 5

Conclusion: The PNVSCA has a Stage 2 Enhanced e-Government Website

* The e-Government Scorecard is based on UN-ASPA Stages of e-Government as adopted by Digital Philippines for its study on e-Government.

ka edong


  • Ah volunteer work on a regional or national level, I miss such work. And I miss my Red Cross buddies too.

    Jhays last blog post..Another one on “Ako Mismo”

  • Yup, missing that too. Just last weekend nag-kita kami ng team ko of volunteer teachers. Always nice to meetup with old friends and great people.

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  • that’s nice. me too i have tried to be a volunteer sa Philippine Red Cross. naranasan ko na manghingi ng donation sa MRT 🙂 keep up the good Pinoy work 😉

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