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Mr. David Caprara, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships for the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and Non-resident Fellow and Director of Brookings Initiative on International Volunteering and Service, makes round of visits to countries he believes would welcome his vision of a global service corps, a core of volunteers who are “advocates of service, both abroad and at home” and working together on a multi-nation partnership.

Mr. Emmanuel Bienvenido D. Marquez Executive Director of Service for Peace Philippines, a former program partner from Hands On Manila, headed the delegation of Mr. Caprara and his team, Mr. Nicholas Lee Chee Kuan, Director of Youth and Program Development, GPF Malaysia and Dr. Michael G. Zablan, President of GPF Foundation Philippines that visited PNVSCA on 31 July 2013.

The GPF Team met with PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera and leaders of volunteer service organizations and networks such as, VSO Bahaginan Executive Director Ms. Malou Pantua-Juanito, Volunteer Organizations Information Coordination & Exchange (VOICE), Inc. President and Executive Director Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, IAVE Philippines Chairperson and Vice Chairperson Marisu G. Bugante and Beng Santiago, respectively, US Peace Corps Country Director Denny Robertson and Hands on Manila Program Manager Toni Zuniga to discuss how the group can synergize their volunteering efforts and have a common platform to advocate volunteerism. The organizations shared briefly their major functions and activities for the benefit of the foreign visitors.

Before parting, the team invited the group to the Global Peace Leadership Conference on 20-22 November 2013 at the Manila Hotel, City of Manila, Philippines and the Global Peace Convention 2013 on 5-8 December 2013 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr. Zablan requested for resource persons for Day 3 of the Break-out Session in the Manila Conference. Mr. Zuniga, Ms. Santiago and Dr. Dalisay confirmed their availability and were assigned to talk on corporate social responsibility, youth programs and volunteerism, respectively.

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