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28 May 2019 PNVSCA Conducts 2019 International Volunteer Service (IVS) Sharing Session

Written by: Klariza Alcantara

PNVSCA conducted a two-part series of sharing session in the Visayas-Mindanao and Luzon regions on April 3-5 and May 22-24, 2019, respectively. Volunteers, local partner institutions (LPIs), and NEDA regional office (NROs) representatives were invited to be part of the sharing session; there were 39 participants in Visayas-Mindanao session, and 46 participants in the Luzon session. The three-day activity consisted of presentations on the National Volunteer Deployment Framework (NVDF) anchored on the Philippine Development Plan and Ambisyon Natin 2040, IVS Program updates, sectoral presentations, workshops, and team building activities.

Participating international volunteer service organizations (IVSOs) include the United States Peace Corps (USPC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), France Volontaires, and VSO Philippines. LPIs represented were from academic institutions, local government units (LGU), national government agencies (NGA), and non-government organizations (NGO).

[L] PNVSCA Executive Director Joselito C. De Vera during his welcome message to the Luzon VSS participants. [R] NEDA VI Regional Director Ro-Ann Bacal during her welcome message to the VisMin participants.
In the Visayas-Mindanao Sharing Session held in Iloilo City, NEDA VI Regional Director Ro-Ann Bacal warmly welcomed the participants and said that the International Volunteer Service Program (IVSP) is a testament to the friendship between the Philippines and the partner countries that deploy volunteers to the country. Director Bacal also expressed appreciation and gratitude to the volunteers whose efforts and contributions in local development leave significant marks in their respective LPIs. She thus encouraged the LPIs to sustain the projects assisted by the volunteers.
Participants of the Visayas-Mindanao Sharing Session held on April 3-5, 2019 at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City
The Sharing Session is an annual venue where volunteers and LPIs share their experiences, best practices, and lessons learned in rendering and managing international volunteer services. It creates a networking and linkaging space for the participants that encourages them to stretch their reach to fellow development enablers.
Participants of the Luzon Sharing Session held on May 22-24, 2019 at Hive Hotel, Quezon City
Both Sessions followed the same format, participants discussed the common challenges and recommended solutions to the issues and concerns that they encounter in their respective sectors and recommend strategies for better volunteer engagement. Participants were able to utilize their creativity during presentations with some groups performing skits, spoken word poetry, and audio-visual presentation.

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