PAEF and EWCAA-PH Builds Partnership in MOU Signing
MANDALUYONG, October 15, 2022 — The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF or Fulbright Philippines), represented by Executive Director (ED) July Amador and the East-West Center Alumni Association - Philippines (EWCAA-PH) represented by EWCAA-PH President Dr. Ramon Clarete signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 15 at the PAEF office in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. This MOU establishes a partnership between both organizations – strengthening and deepening the relationships of the EWCAAPH with the PAEF Alumni Associations while establishing a general framework for administering the alumni association. Another purpose of the MOU also authorizes PAEF to link EWCAA-PH’s connections with US Embassy Public Affairs Service to help continue alumni exchange experience and provide opportunities for networking.
Dr. John Groch, Public Affairs Officer, and Chairperson of the PAEF Board gave welcome remarks highlighting the recent EducationUSA fair, commending PAEF for the success of organizing PAEF’s recent events including the signing ceremony.
Dr. Clarete also shared a few words sharing his enthusiasm to work with PAEF.
"Some of us are catalysts again for firming up our relationship with PAEF -- and we are very happy working with PAEF; because we are part of the big community of scholars supported by the U.S Government."
Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Heather Variava co-signed the memorandum alongside ED Sir July Amador and Dr. Clarete. After the signing, she honored the ceremony by sharing a message after co-signing the MOU emphasizing the impact and significance of the alumni community in the country.
“The alumni community in the Philippines is one of our most reliable partners in advancing mutual goals while creating a positive impact to communities and this agreement will expand the pool of alumni and, no doubt, expand their efforts exponentially,” DCM Variava shared.
More than 20 EWCAA-PH alumni attended the event along with members from the U.S. Embassy to Manila and representatives from PAEF alumni associations.
Upon signing of the MOU, the agreement between EWCAA-PH and PAEF will focus on reconnecting with alumni, promoting future activities using PAEF’s digital platforms such as Fulbright Philippines’ website and social media – highlighting accomplishments from EWC PH’s alumni. EWCAA-PH will also participate in PAEF’s initiatives in celebrating PAEF’s 75th anniversary in 2023 through future alumni engagements and projects.
About East-West Center Alumni Association - Philippines
The East-West Center Association (EWCA) represents the 68,000+ individuals who have participated in East-West Center programs since it was established in 1960. EWCA provides many programs and services for its members throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, the United States, as well as other areas. These services and programs are designed to support the Center’s mission to help build an Asia Pacific Community and to extend the outreach of the East-West Center.
There are 53 East-West Center Association (EWCA) chapters throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, the United States, and other areas. The goal of each chapter is to support the Center by broadening its outreach throughout the region. Chapters facilitate professional networking through a variety of activities including informal get-togethers, seminars, lectures, and workshops. Chapters also support the Center by helping to recruit qualified participants for Center programs, increasing awareness of the Center, and carrying our community service projects. ____________________________________
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