Former Regent Nelia T. Gonzalez (BSA 1944; CGM 1977), Charter/First UPLBAA President, keynoted the seminar-workshop “Alumni Coping Best with Life (after Retirement) through Volunteerism” held on October 5, 2011. According to her the richest people in the world are not millionaires but they are volunteers. “A volunteer does things above and beyond earning a living and deals further with what people really care about” Gonzalez quoted as saying. Further, she shared that – Treasure, Talent and Time are key ingredients in volunteerism.
On the other hand, Mr. Glenn Bede A. Benablo from VSO Bahaginan talked on their voluntary work with volunteers in order to fight global poverty and help the disadvantage communities. Among the program provided are the National Volunteering, Global Xchange Program (GXP), Parliamentarian Volunteering Scheme, International Volunteering, Business Partnership, and the Learning Hub. He mentioned that a number of their volunteers are from the ranks of alumni of UPLB.
“Being a VSO volunteer, you’ll be able to work with your local organization as well as help build a global community” said Melinda R. Felizardo (BSA 1987), a VSO volunteer and UPLB alumna.
Dr. Jose R. Medina (BSA 1969; MSEn 1979) spoke on the work of Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, the university’s volunteer service program. Programs provided are the Gurong Pahinungod, Affirmative Action, Techical Assistance, Teacher’s Training, Youth and Women Development, Litearcy-Numeracy and National Service Training programs.
Dr. Medina shared his experience as a volunteer in Negros Island (MUAD and Kabankalan) and Calauit, Busuanga island. He said that commitment, honesty, team-work, humility and understanding are the crucial values of an effective volunteer. “Pahinungod volunteers nurtures faith and hope so that people can build their own dreams and claim their own legacies, ” he ended up saying.
Ms. Eva S. Data (BSHT 1970; MSAN 1977) shared her voluntary experience in the Madre de Amor Hospice Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to the care and comfort of the dying. Counting among its advocacies are rendering palliative care to terminally ill cancer patients while its Training Center offers a comprehensive program for prospective Hospice volunteers.
Vice Mayor Josephine Sumangil-Evangelista (BSZ 1996) of Los Baños inspired the audience with her message. “The act of voluntarily helping one another represents a significant role to influence other people in the society.” She said that “this spirit evokes the local heroism and patriotism, in the midst of people’s struggle to fight poverty and other social inequities.” Vice Mayor Evangelista saluted the alumni retirees for their continuous voluntary act to support the community, and in the process for the development of the country.
Mr. Simeon A. Cuyson, president of the UPLBAA, commended the Office of Alumni Relations headed by Dr. Mimosa C. Ocampo for organizing this alumni event.
Dr. Ocampo, who facilitated the workshop, opined that “many of us have time, talent, and treasure but the willingness to share with others is equally an important dimension in volunteerism.” (PXMADelosReyes)
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