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27/09/2011: Former Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines Celebrate Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

Left photo shows PCAFPD President Maureen Carroll as she delivers the opening remarks and introduces Ambassador Cuisia. Right photo is Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. who gave the keynote remarks in the reception in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. (Photos by Mr. Matthew Aninzo)

September 27, 2011, Washington, DC – The Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Peace and Development (PCAFPD) hosted a reception on September 23 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. was the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

PCAFPD is composed of former Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines. The Peace Corps program in the Philippines, which started in October 1961, also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Philippines is one of the three countries where the Peace Corps was first implemented.

Ambassador Cuisia conveyed his appreciation, on behalf of the people and government of the Philippines, to all the volunteers who lived in the different provinces in the Philippines to implement projects on education, youth and family development and coastal resource management. The Ambassador added that in the past fifty years, more than 8,500 Americans have served in the Philippines and the Peace Corps remains an important aspect of Philippines-US relations.

The reception was attended by some 300 former volunteers including those who belong to the first batch that was sent to the Philippines in October 1961. The current PCAFPD President and former Peace Corps Director in Botswana, Maureen Carroll, belongs to this first batch. -- END