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17 November 2017 PNVSCA Hosts Program Officers' Sharing Session 2017

Written by: Klariza Alcantara

Last November 9, PNVSCA hosted a sharing session that gathered the program officers and coordinators of different International Volunteer Service Organization (IVSO). There was a 99% percent attendance from partner IVSOs. The program officers/coordinators who attended the sharing session are from Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), Deutsche Gesellschaftfur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United States Peace Corps (USPC), France Volontaires, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United Nations Volunteer (UNV), Voluntary Service Overseas Philippines (VSOP), and Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA).

This sharing session served as a venue for both PNVSCA and IVSO to exchange updates and plans regarding the volunteer service programs. For the part of PNVSCA, the agency shared a statistical update of the international volunteer service program (IVSP) that covered the period from January to October 2017. PNVSCA also provided the IVSOs with the updated Foreign Volunteer Deployment Framework 2017-2022 (FVDF 2017-2022); this framework incorporates the priority sectors and areas identified in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). The agency also informed the organizations the new Volunteer Management Information and Deployment System (VMIDS) and Volunteer Overseas Tracking System (VOTS). The VMIDS-VOTS is an online information database to facilitate the deployment, management, and monitoring of foreign volunteers as well as Filipino volunteer overseas coordinated by PNVSCA.

For the part of the IVSOs, they provided the agency with the current status of their respective service programs. One of the highlights of the sharing session is identifying the challenges and concerns that were encountered by the organizations.

The sharing session provided an opportunity to discuss matters that will further improve the service and align goals and objectives.

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