01/07/2011: Incoming Peace Corps Director for Ph calls on Ambassador Cuisia
Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (center) receives incoming Peace Corps Country Director for the Philippines Denny Robertson (second from right), immediate past Peace Corps Country Director for the Philippines Sonia Derenoncourt (second from left) and Peace Corps Desk Officer Ryan Schreiber (right). Third Secretary Corina Apostol-Reyes (left) joins the Ambassador during the call of the Peace Corps delegates.
01 July 2011, Washington, DC – Incoming Peace Corps Country Director for the Philippines Denny Robertson called on Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. on 30 June 2011.
The Ambassador congratulated Mr. Robertson on his appointment and conveyed his gratitude for all the work Peace Corps has done in the Philippines in the past fifty years. The Philippines is one of the first three countries where the Peace Corps was implemented in 1961. Ambassador Cuisia expressed hope that Mr. Robertson will further improve the programs of the Peace Corps in the Philippines as it contributes in the strengthening of the relations between the Philippines and the United States.
Mr. Robertson conveyed that he was a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines from 1977 to 1979 and he looks forward to coming back. He noted the favorable economic conditions in the Philippines and the Ambassador discussed the efforts of the Philippine government in achieving economic growth. Mr. Robertson thanked the Ambassador for all the help the Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila has extended to ensure the successful implementation of Peace Corps programs in the Philippines.
Mr. Robertson was joined by past Peace Corps Country Director in the Philippines, Ms. Sonia Derenoncourt and Peace Corps Desk Officer Ryan Schreiber. Ms. Derenoncourt informed the Ambassador that in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival will highlight the Peace Corps. Two Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines are accompanying ten residents from the Rehoboth Children’s Home in Tarlac, Philippines to participate in the festival. They will be performing Filipino traditional dance tinikling in the festival. The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival is held from 30 June to 11 July 2011. -- END