As an offshoot of the island-wide sharing session held last year, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) conducted the first Western Visayas Local Partner Institutions (LPI) and Volunteer Sharing Session on March 24  at the Regional Development Council (RDC) VI Conference Room, NEDA Building, Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City.

The sharing session was conducted to document best practices and challenges experienced by volunteers in the field and to have a better understanding of volunteering in the Philippines, particularly in Western Visayas. The gathering was also meant to develop and strengthen linkages among volunteers and local partners and generate suggestions and recommendations to further advance volunteerism in the region.

With the aim of reaching out and sharing their expertise towards reducing poverty, volunteers from the Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOV), US Peace Corp, Australian Volunteer International (AVI), and Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) assigned in the different LGUs, NGAs, SUCs and NGOs came to meet their fellow volunteers to learn from their experiences, network with other volunteers and partner institutions, share valuable information, and develop camaraderie and friendship.

The PNVSCA’s overall assessment showed that 79 percent of the volunteers were satisfied with their work and their local partners, 9 percent are moderately satisfied, and 12 percent are extremely satisfied with their work and their local partners.

Because of the success of the first sharing session, the volunteers requested that this be conducted every year and replicated in all other regions.