THE Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) here cited five individuals and groups in the region for their exemplary display of voluntarism of saving lives and helping people for years.

The local awardees are automatically qualified for the regional search for National Outstanding Volunteer Award (Nova) and Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA).

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Mr. Hilario R. Villanueva, an employee of Philex Mining Corporation, was recognized as the regional winner for the Nova individual category.

The Kiddie Brigade program of Salud Mitra barangay in Baguio City and the Baguio-Benguet Public Information and Civic Action Group (BBPICAG) garnered the Nova non-profit organization category regional award.

The Philex Mining Corporation, which is based in Padcal, Tuba, Benguet was adjudged the regional winner for the Nova corporate category.

The mining company has been in the limelight of search, rescue and retrieval operations in disaster-stricken areas nationwide because of the existence of its elite rescue team.

Engineer Joel S. Son, safety engineer of the Philex Mining Corporation, was awarded by the VLAA individual category because of his exemplary display of efficiency and effectiveness in discharging his sworn duties and responsibilities, especially in activities outside his corporate functions, awarding body said.

At the same time, Philex Mining Corporation also garnered the regional award for the VLAA organization category.

The search for the outstanding volunteers aims to highlight and recognize the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in building strong communities across the country through voluntarism.

The RDC-Cordillera claimed that the display of voluntarism among individuals and corporate groups in the region is a laudable effort among stakeholders to show their concern for their fellow Filipinos, especially in times of need. (Dexter See)