On January 10, 2023, Mr. Choi Gyongsik, a Korean Language Teacher, paid a courtesy call to PCOL Alberto Paña Lupaz, City Director of the Davao City Police Office. The visit was part of Mr. Choi’s introduction as the new Korean Language Teacher of the TESDA XI Regional Training Center – Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center (RTC-KPVTC) for 10 months.
The purpose of the visit was to introduce Mr. Choi as the new Korean Language Teacher of the RTC-KPVTC, which offers a Diploma Program to students interested in learning the Korean Language and Culture. The visit was also an opportunity for Mr. Choi to discuss his plans for teaching and to seek support from the city officials.
On January 11, 2023, Mr. Choi also paid a courtesy call to Attorney Jonah Margarette F. Presto, Assistant Chief of Staff of the City Government of Davao, and Former Governor Marc Douglas Cagas IV at the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. The visit was an opportunity for Mr. Choi to introduce himself and his plans for teaching, as well as to seek support from the city and provincial officials.
On January 12, 2023, Mr. Choi paid a courtesy call to the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office XI with Mr. Gilberto A. Altura – Asst. Regional Director, Ms. Lalaine M. Sajelan – Chief Economic Development Specialist, and Ms. Janice May A. Cerezo – Supervising Economic Development Specialist. The visit was an opportunity for Mr. Choi to introduce himself and his plans for teaching, as well as to seek support from the officials.
It is worth noting that Mr. Choi belonged to the 90th batch of Korean Volunteers dispatched by Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in the country as a response to RTC-KPVTC request for Korean Language Teacher through the program of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordination Agency (PNVSCA).
During the visits, Mr. Choi, together with RTC-KPVTC Training Center Administrator, Engr. Constantino B. Panes, Jr. Ed.D, discussed his plans for teaching Korean Language and Korean Culture to the Nine (9) Diploma Program students of the Training Center. The city officials expressed their support for his plans and welcomed him as the new Korean Overseas Volunteer for Korean Language.
The training center is excited to have Mr. Choi as a teacher for the next 10 months and expressed that the center is open to extending his service for another year.
In conclusion, Mr. Choi’s courtesy calls to various city and government officials, as well as his introduction as a new teacher in TESDA XI Regional Training Center – Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center, is a promising sign of education opportunities, community development, and cultural exchange in the city. The visits have opened doors for potential support in the local community, and education opportunities locally and internationally.