The 13th year of the celebration of Non-government Organizations and People’s Organizations (NGO PO) Week on December 1-7 will emphasize the need to develop the value and culture of service and volunteerism. This was learned from Prof. Edwin Lariza, president of the Iloilo Coalition of Non-government Organizations and People’s Organizations (ICON) which spearheads the celebration in partnership with the city and provincial government of Iloilo.
Under the theme “Bag-ong Henerasyon: Kultura sang Pag-alagad Igapadayon,”the week-long celebration aims to instill into the minds of the public, especially youth and children the value and culture of service, volunteerism and peace. In this way, can we ensure the continuity and sustainability of our welfare and development endeavors, Prof. Lariza added.
The week-long celebration will kickoff with a motorcade on December 1, 7:00 am from Provincial Capitol to Central Philippine University for the Opening Program at the Rose Memorial Auditorium. Invited to grace the program are Gov. Arthur Defensor and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. On December 3, 2:00 pm, a Photo Exhibit showcasing the works of NGOs will be opened at the 2nd level of Gaisano City to last until December 9. Since December is considered Volunteerism month, ICON will sponsor two forum on volunteerism. The first will be held at Educational Media Center, CPU on December 4, 8:30 am. Another one will be at 5th floor Conference Room, New Provincial Capitol to culminate the Volunteerism Day on December 5. Other highlights of the celebration are ICON General Assembly and Advocacy in academic institutions on December 6 and 7, respectively.
The annual celebration of the NGO PO week is observed by the virtue of Provincial Ordinance 2000-042 and City Regulation Ordinance 2001-190 in recognition of the role of the civil society organizations in nation building. The move was initiated in 2000 by the Iloilo Council of Social Development, Inc. network of welfare and development NGOs and supported by other members of civil society organizations. Eventually, ICON was formally organized to lead the annual celebration.