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15 September 2017 USPC Swears-in Batch 276 Volunteers

Written by: Evica Vivas

The United States Peace Corps (USPC) held its swearing-in ceremony for its batch 276 of volunteers last 13 September 2017, at the Charles Parsons Ballroom, US Embassy in Manila.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim led the swearing in of the 64 USPC volunteers of Batch 276. In his speech, Ambassador Kim thanked the volunteers for their commitment to be part of the USPC legacy aimed to promote world peace and friendship between nations, since 1961. Ambassador Kim also emphasized the good history of camaraderie and cooperation between the Philippines and the United States of America.

PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera welcomed and accepted the USPC volunteers on behalf of the Philippine Government. Director de Vera told the volunteers that the swearing -in ceremony marks the end of the pre-service training with their co-volunteers , and the start of their individual volunteer journey in the communities. He also explained the importance of observation , flexibility, and respect for cultural differences in the course of their volunteer placements. Director de Vera thanked the government of the United States of America for their continued support and partnership for the country's development initiatives.

The USPC Batch 276 volunteers will be deployed in nine (9) regions across the Philippines. They will be working in projects related to the following sectors: education; children, youth , and family; and coastal resource management, and for two (2) consecutive years.

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