From the 23rd to the 25th of May, PNVSCA (Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating
Agency), a branch of the Philippine government, organized a session of “sharing” among various international volunteers— Koreans, Americans, Australians, Japanese, French, and Filipinos alike, reception structures of volunteers, NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) regional representatives, and local partners.
Through numerous thematic workshops, we had more than sixty participated the meeting, which aimed to exchange around different practices and challenges that the volunteers and local partners face. It was likewise a fruitful opportunity to develop and reinforce the links between volunteers and local partners. This helped generate a handful of suggestions and recommendations to progress and promote volunteerism in the Philippines as a whole.
A presentation by AmBisyon 2040 (the anchor point of urban development planning of the country in the next 25 years) and the NEDA (National Economic and Development authority) ensured the continuity of programs and Philippine development projects. Monsieur de Vera, head of PNVSCA also presented a report of the international volunteer service program for the years to come.
On the second day, France Voluntaries Philippines had the opportunity to take the floor and present its efforts, missions, and objectives before a myriad of participants. That was a chance, thereafter, via informal talks, to link professionals with different NGOs who wish to welcome volunteers as well soon.
Thanks to PNVSCA for inviting l’EV Philippines to take part in these enriching activities. It was of paramount importance that France Volontaires present as to build new relationships, solidify its partnership with PNVSCA and to, as much as possible, align with the needs and demands of the government in creating new missions for future volunteers in the Philippines.