Volunteerism in the Philippines has been inculcated in the very foundation of its culture. It has taken different guises or traditional names such as Bayanihan, Pahinungod, Kawanggawa or Bahaginan. Throughout the decades, volunteerism has continuously evolved and remains to be an essential part of Filipino lives.
In recognizing the vital role of volunteers and their contributions to the nation-building, the Philippine Government has designated the month of December as the National Volunteer Month (NVM). The NVM aims to build nationwide public awareness and appreciation of volunteerism and create the environment for voluntary action. It also recognizes volunteers as partners in the development and an appropriate form of recognition to the modern day heroes whose work is demonstrated by commitment and service to others.