The vacuum of five (5) years where no Korean Overseas Volunteer (KOV) was dispatched in RTC-KorPhil Davao due to the implementation of Martial law in 2016, series of strong earthquakes in Davao Region and the surge of COVID 19 pandemic is now over. KOICA sends KOV Choi Gyongsik to the Center and arrived in Davao City on November 22, 2022 where he was fetched from the airport and welcomed by the KorPhilians with a cordial party at RTC-KorPhil mini-theater.
In the welcome party, the new KOV felt home as he rubbed shoulders with the pioneering personnel of the Center who had been trained in Korea for two times and worked with the Korean experts in establishing the RTC-KorPhil Davao until its inauguration in March 8, 2005.
From 2005 to 2016 KOICA regularly sent batches of KOVs every two (2) years to which RTC-KorPhil trainees, trainers and the KOVs really enjoyed and very comfortable in their cooperative and collaborative leanings and concerted efforts. Hence, when the dispatch of KOVs halted due to abovesaid reasons, it caused a vacuum to KorPhilians.
Mr. Choi previously worked at the Department of Performing Arts and Entertainment as visiting Professor at Jeonju University and will be teaching Korean Language and Culture in RTC-KorPhil and likewise will lead the conduct of the annual Korean Cultural Festival during the founding anniversary of the Center come March 8, 2023 to which his talent and expertise will be applied aptly.
The new KOV after stayed in Davao for one (1) week, came back to Manila to complete his orientation in volunteering works facilitated by KOICA Philippine Office in coordination with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). He will be coming back to the Center on December 21, 2022 to start his mission as KOV in RTC-KorPhil Davao.