By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL, Nov. 4 (PIA) — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) has recognized a Magahat (IP) as the youngest volunteer to be a Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chair from the municipality of Basay.
Joseph Pablo, 23, a Bukidnon Magahat Tribe member of Brgy. Cabatuanan, Basay leads the committee under the implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program.
“For me, to be a volunteer of Kalahi CIDSS has brought a lot of change in me, and to be chosen as BSPNC chair, this is the biggest responsibility I ever in my entire life,” he said.
Pablo shared his experiences of being a volunteer and also being a BSPMC chairperson at his age, dealing with older co-volunteers when he thought he could not deal with the demands.
However, he said, with all the trainings he attended in the KALAHI program, he accepted it as a challenge.
DSWD7 program coordinator Venice Polancos said volunteers like Joseph means a lot to the program in the implementation of the farm-to-market road where Barangay Cabatuanan is the farthest in the town.
“Finishing the project has brought out the best in each of the volunteers, especially in Joseph as the BSPMC chair,” said Polancos.
Kalahi-CIDSS MCC trainings have given volunteers the knowledge and enhanced their skills and capabilities to give them better opportunities in the future, Polancos said.
“Joseph could not put into words how thankful he is to be a volunteer. Seeing the projects that their community has done brought pride and honour to him,” she said.
“Money could not equate to the value of knowledge that I got through the trainings and seminars in Kalahi-Cidds,” Joseph emphasized. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Nov. 4, 2015)