By Jose Santino Bunachita
PIO Reporter

BASAK SAN NICOLAS, Cebu City(October 27, 2022) — Members of the Peace Corps, led by its Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn, visited the city’s pop-up vaccination site here yesterday morning.

The Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides support to the city’s vaccination program, through volunteers and technical assistance.

Dr. Daisy Villa (left) and Peace Corps Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn observes the vaccination at the Basak San Nicolas pop-up vaccination site. (PIO/Allan Cuizon)

“We came here really to celebrate with the team here. All of the work that they have been doing and as they prepare to receive volunteers in January (2023),” Spahn said in an interview after the site visit.

The Peace Corps is an independent agency and program of the United States government that trains and deploys volunteers to provide international development assistance.

Together with Spahn and other Peace Corps officials were USAID ReachHealth Project Chief of Party Dr. Laurentiu Stan, and City Health Officer Dr. Daisy Villa.

(Left to right) Dr. Villa, Spahn, Stan, and City Health Department Assistant Head Jeffrey Ibones (3rd from left). ((PIO/Allan Cuizon)

Both Peace Corps and USAID have been providing additional manpower to help with the city’s vaccination program.

Spahn said that while they were unable to bring in more volunteers to Cebu due to the pandemic, they mobilized their own local personnel here to help the city. She said they are excited since they will start bringing again volunteers from the US to Cebu by January 2023.

“This post (Cebu City) has really been a shining example of what’s possible when people get creative, when they think differently, and when they’re standing up to respond,” she added.

This post (Cebu City) has really been a shining example of what’s possible when people get creative, when they think differently, and when they’re standing up to respond.

Peace Corps Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn

Spahn flew to Cebu all the way from Washington DC to celebrate 61 years of partnership and friendship of the Peace Corps in the Philippines.

Despite the non-stop downpour in the morning, several Barangay Basak San Nicolas residents still showed up in the barangay gym to avail of the vaccination.

Peace Corps Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn interviews a young vaccinee at the Basak San Nicolas pop-up vaccination site. ((PIO/Allan Cuizon)

Captain Norman Navarro said their pop-up vaccination site catered to residents whenever there is an increase in the number of those who want to get their vaccine or booster shots.

Dr. Daisy Villa, for her part, thanked the Peace Corps and USAID for their continued support to the City’s vaccination program as well as other health programs of the City Health Department.

“I’m thankful for you because you came here. There will be a lot of coming partnerships,” she told the guests. #