BALANGA CITY, Bataan- A total of 79 Americans from the United States Peace Corps recently paid a courtesy call on Governor Abet S Garcia after choosing Bataan to be the site of what they call “community-based training” that will last for two months.
The American Peace Corps led by Ruel Pine told Governor Abet S. Garcia that their training will focus on three sectors: Education; Youth, Children and Family; and Coastal Resource Management.
“I am pleased to inform you that a new batch of Americans are coming to the Philippines and that the U.S. Peace Corps has chosen the province of Bataan to be the training ground for the 79 Americans,” said Pine in his letter to the Governor.
The group paid Monday a courtesy call on Gov. Garcia, through Provincial Administrator Atty. Joey Angeles, where they informed that the U.S. Peace Corps will be workings closely with the local governments of Morong, Bagac and the City of Balanga since these will be the bases of their trainings.
For his part, Atty. Angeles assured the Americans that the Provincial Government of Bataan headed by Gov. Garcia will extend full support and security to them while they are in the province. The governor was then in Congress, attending the State of The Nation address of Pres. Aquino.
During their exchange of ideas with Atty. Angeles, the group appeared trained on speaking the local dialect since they all know how to speak a little Tagalog.
Bagac Mayor Ramil del Rosario earlier welcomed the trainees when they also paid a courtesy call on him. Some 31 foster families were selected to accommodate a trainee each during the duration of their stay in the different barangays of Bagac town.
The mayor assured the Americans of their safety, saying they are very grateful to them for having chosen their town as one of the venues for their training.