France Volontaires signs MOA with PNVSCA
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22 May 2017 France Volontaires signs MOA with PNVSCA

Written by: Rubiemae S. Bayquen

Just in time with the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between France and the Philippines this year, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and France Volontaires signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to support the deployment of French volunteers in the country.

The signing of the MOA held last 11 May 2017 at the PNVSCA office was concluded by PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. de Vera and Assistant Secretary Atty. Jose Wilfrido S. Oca of the Presidential Management Staff and Chairman of PNVSCA’s Muti-sectoral Advisory Body (MSAB) for the Philippine government side. The French government side was represented by Mr. Yves Zoberman, Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of French Embassy in Manila and Ms. Nanette Repalpa, the National Representative of France Volontaires.

The MOA signifies an official recognition of the French volunteers by the Philippine Government. Like other partner International Volunteer Sending Organizations (IVSOs), the France Volontaires’ volunteer program will be aligned with PNVSCA’s Foreign Volunteer Deployment Framework (FVDF) and the Philippine Development Plan (2017-2022).

On behalf of the French government, Mr Zoberman lauded the signing of the MOA as a first step for a strengthened cooperation between France and the Philippines. Assistant Secretary Oca also sees the event as a beginning of a relationship that will be very long here in the Philippines and he hopes to see more of French volunteers in the country. Both Ms. Repalpa and Executive Director de Vera expressed their commitment to cooperate in enabling France Volontaires to be a significant player in the Philippine volunteer program.

France Volontaires operates in 55 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They create network of offices called “Espace Volontariats” to address the needs of the volunteers, partner organizations and actors of international solidarity through information, counseling, exchanges of practices and meetings.

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