US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg led the oath-taking ceremony of 79 new American Peace Corps volunteers at the US Embassy in Manila in September.
The volunteers will be assigned to priority sites identified by the Philippine government, including many areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake. They will also work in the education and environment sectors.
The ceremony was attended by representatives from the national and local governments, non-government agencies and US Embassy staff.
Peace Corps has a long and rich history in the Philippines, representing a deep bond between the American and Filipino people. More than 8,500 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in the Philippines since its establishment in 1961.
This is the 274th Group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in the Philippines. The new volunteers completed three months of comprehensive technical, linguistic and cross-cultural training to prepare them for their 24-month commitment to peace through partnership.