Multi-awarded volunteer sparks inspiration

RENDERING services without getting paid or expecting valuable rewards is an inspiring and selfless act usually associated with volunteers.

Manong Moreno Kimbongan, 50, is one such individual.

Kimbongan hails from Barangay Naguey, Atok, Benguet. He manages a piggery and raises chickens for a living.

He had dreamed of becoming an accountant but financial constraints prevented him from earning a college degree.

Kimbongan, however, is living his dream as a member of the Audit and Inventory Team (AIT) member for the first cycle implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

He later became the chairperson of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) for the second cycle.

The program, implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), aims to empower individuals and groups in the community who have shown exemplary performance and enhanced their knowledge and skills by actively participating in the implementation, decision-making, and management of development activities in the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) of the program.

Kimbongan became a Kalahi-CIDSS in 2014, when the program was introduced in his barangay.

He said his training in financial management and experience in volunteer work in non-government organizations have helped him carry out his tasks as AIT member.

As the community empowerment facilitator (CEF) assigned in his barangay, Manong Moreno does not only help his community but inspires others with his diligence, initiative, versatility, and trustworthiness.

“I want to help my community because I’m happier when I give rather than receive. Another thing is, this is a legacy we could leave to our grandchildren,” Kimbongan said.

Despite his educational limitations, Kimbongan was able to contribute to the program, particularly in the completion of a project involving the concreting of barangay Naguey community footpath with railings.

He said his achievements are even more valuable than a diploma. Getting recognition is a bonus.

Prior to his involvement in the Kalahi-CIDSS program, Kimbongan served as a volunteer of Plan International. In 1992, he was awarded as the Most Developed Volunteer by the organization.

He later joined cooperatives and became a Barangay Health Worker (BHW). In 2006, his dedication earned for him the “Most Outstanding BHW” award. (PR)