The Department of Social Welfare and Developmet (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista hands the national best volunteer award to Lea Rebuta, a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program parent leader, during the Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) Awards at the DSWD Central Offcie, Batasan Complex, Quezon City.
The PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards is a spin-off from the Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2000 or the Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GAPAS). Various awards are presented to the stakeholders who have contributed to the realization of the shared vision of empowering individuals, families, and communities. One of these sub-awards is the Salamat Po Award – a commendation of volunteers who have provided assistance in the Department’s delivery of services.
Lea Rebuta is a 4Ps parent leader-volunteer for nine years serving the 32 Pantawid members in Barangay Taguibo, Butuan City. As inscribed in the Program’s Operation Manual, a parent leader is defined as a point person, program beneficiary and volunteer leader in a group of 25-30 household grantees.
“Pasalamat kaayo ko sa DSWD sa opurtunidad nga gihatag sa ako. Nahimo og wide scope ang akong pagserbisyo sa katawhan ug dili ko mahimong awardee kung wala ang Ahensya nagsuporta nako (I am elated for the opportunity that DSWD has given me. I was able to serve the community in a wider-scope and I would not be an awardee if not for the support of the agency),” Rebuta said.
Along with Rebuta is her husband Antonio and FO Caraga Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Crislea Celeste. The recognition of the invaluable support of partner-stakeholders is done every anniversary celebration of DSWD. This year’s 69th anniversary goes with the theme, “Social Integration: DSWD’s Major Thrust in Line with Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.” ###(Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga)
Crislea D. Celeste, Regional Program Coordinator