The Korean Overseas Volunteer (KOV) program after being in some 25 provinces in the country has finally reached Samar. In an interview, Jaeyoung Choi, administrative officer of KOV Philippines, said that the programme may donate Personal Computers (PCs) to three high schools in Catbalogan City and train teachers and students to maintain and repair their damaged PCs. Jaeyoung who speaks fluent English and some Tagalog expressions like 'talaga' and 'di ba' talked with enthusiasm how his country through the KOV will help developing countries like the Philippines.
For a start, his country he said has deployed volunteers in the fields of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), agricultural productivity, early childhood and youth education, public health services and Korean language Teaching through TESDA. In Samar, one Korean volunteer has been with Samar State University (SSU) assisting in the fisheries development. The problem with PCs is someone has to maintain the unit to prevent total damage, he shared. If the PCs are not maintained, the schools would be requesting for new units every now and then, and that could be very costly, he sighed. However, with the training of teachers and students for free, the life expectancy of each PC is then assured, said the young Korean.
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