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JICA Presents Volunteer Program to Sorsogon

photoSorsogon Gov. Sally Ante-Lee encourages participants to avail of the JOCV program as it facilitates socio-economic development and networking with international donor organizations.

"Two years of sharing time and expertise will make a difference to the Province," JICA says

Manila, September 9, 2009 - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) carried out the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) Program Seminar on September 8, 2009 in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon. The seminar is already the fourth advocacy meeting that JICA has conducted to actively seek out requirements for its volunteer program.

The JOCV program is among JICA’s cooperation schemes that provide technical assistance to partner organizations. Since its inception in 1965, the program has encouraged young Japanese professionals to share their experience and knowledge in their field by working directly with the grassroots to improve the socio-economic stance of the community. JOCVs are deployed upon the request of the host organization - which can be a government organization, state universities and colleges or non-government organizations (NGOs) - usually for two years; hence, the seminar’s catchphrase “2 years sharing will make a difference”.

“The reception to the program was overwhelming,” said JICA Volunteer Coordinator Masaki Kinemuchi. “Many have already pledged to request for volunteers and three organizations, including a municipality, have already submitted their application because they have come to appreciate during the seminar the work of the JOCVs in areas where we already dispatched a volunteer and through the support of Gov. Ante-Lee.”

Sorsogon Governor Sally Ante-Lee endorsed the program to 80 attendees from provincial and municipal government offices, schools and NGOs highlighting the opportunity for networking with aid donors through the foreign volunteers. JICA representatives explained the request procedures and even visited other Sorsogon municipalities after the seminar to promote the JOCV initiative.

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