Written by: Alyssa Marie Villa

Ms. FUJITA Akiko, Deputy Director and Ms. KAKIMOTO Kana, Program Officer of the Overseas Affairs Division 1 of the Secretariat of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – Headquarters, accompanied by Mr. FUKUI Masakazu, Section Chief/Volunteer Section and  Ms. Lara Javier, Senior Program Officer of JICA Philippines paid a courtesy visit to PNVSCA on 14 November 2022.

(L-R) Ms. Lara Javier, Mr. FUKUI Masakazu, Ms. FUJITA Akiko, Ms. KAKIMOTO Kana, and from PNVSCA Ms. Ela Victoria F. Sarmago and Kenneth C. Siruelo.

The visit was an opportunity for the JICA Headquarter JOCV Secretariat  to have a better understanding and appreciation of JICA’s partnership with PNVSCA in the implementation of JOCV and PNVSCA’s work in the promotion and advocacy of local and international volunteering as a development strategy.  JICA extended its appreciation for the strong partnership built with PNVSCA throughout the years and presented its Volunteer Dispatch Plan in the Philippines for 2022-2023. They have also conveyed their intention to participate in the activities for the National Volunteer Month (NVM) Celebration in December.


The author is currently the Volunteer Service Officer II of the Program Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PCMED), Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.

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