Minister highlights importance of voluntary work

  • MPs discuss draft law on volunteer
Luanda – Angolan minister of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion stressed Monday the importance of volunteering in the current context of Covid-19 and calamity situations.

Faustina Alves, who was speaking to the press after the approval of the Draft Law on Volunteer in the special terms in National Assembly, said that the initiative aims at boosting the spirit of solidarity among people. 

Approved by 1st, 2nd and 8th Working Commissions of the National Assembly, the document will be forwarded to the plenary meeting on  19th this month for final global vote. 

In order to attain this goal, the minister defended the need to boost social responsibility and citizenship among civil society agents. 

She acknowledged the bond of affection and sensitivity of  Angolans towards those in need, mainly in the situations of pandemic and disasters. 

The minister explained that the Draft Law enables the volunteers to get organised, registered and know their rights and duties. 

However, she clarified that the citizens who volunteer cannot demand compensation. 

According to her, volunteering does not replace the role of the State. To this purpose,  she said, the promoting entities should not engage volunteers in substitution of contracted employees or as a means of avoiding compliance with legal obligations. 

Fatima Alves said that Voluntary work is open to the public and serve to support the State in certain situations, such as collection, distribution of resources, among other solidarity actions. 

Bill  

The Bill aims to lay down foundations for the promotion of a culture of solidarity, social cohesion and strengthen the value of citizenship, through cross-cutting public policies for different public and private entities, in particular individual citizens. 

The initiative is extensive to national or foreigners and legal persons, who  participate in solidarity actions, organised or promoted by entities that promote volunteering. 

Faustina Alves, who was speaking to the press after the approval of the Draft Law on Volunteer in the special terms in National Assembly, said that the initiative aims at boosting the spirit of solidarity among people. 

Approved by 1st, 2nd and 8th Working Commissions of the National Assembly, the document will be forwarded to the plenary meeting on  19th this month for final global vote. 

In order to attain this goal, the minister defended the need to boost social responsibility and citizenship among civil society agents. 

She acknowledged the bond of affection and sensitivity of  Angolans towards those in need, mainly in the situations of pandemic and disasters. 

The minister explained that the Draft Law enables the volunteers to get organised, registered and know their rights and duties. 

However, she clarified that the citizens who volunteer cannot demand compensation. 

According to her, volunteering does not replace the role of the State. To this purpose,  she said, the promoting entities should not engage volunteers in substitution of contracted employees or as a means of avoiding compliance with legal obligations. 

Fatima Alves said that Voluntary work is open to the public and serve to support the State in certain situations, such as collection, distribution of resources, among other solidarity actions. 

Bill  

The Bill aims to lay down foundations for the promotion of a culture of solidarity, social cohesion and strengthen the value of citizenship, through cross-cutting public policies for different public and private entities, in particular individual citizens. 

The initiative is extensive to national or foreigners and legal persons, who  participate in solidarity actions, organised or promoted by entities that promote volunteering.