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Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. introduced the delegates of the Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) program under the sponsorship of the International Business Machine (IBM) to the city government employees recently.

The five foreign volunteers are in town for a month to work with various local government offices and agencies.

The ABV Volunteers assigned in Olongapo are assigned to cover three areas of concerns such as Document Tracking System where Raji Sharma, Software Planning of IBM-Australia; Jose Eduardo Martinez Cordero, Security Specialist from IBM-Mexico and Sachin Seth, General Manager of Business Solutions from IBM-India are focused.

Assigned to focus on Strategic Marketing is Neeraj Sharma, Relationship Manager from IBM-India, while Susan Ranft, Relationship Manager from IBM-USA is in charge of the Recruitment and Communications.

“ABV is extending their expertise to Olongapo City by providing practical skills training to key offices in the city government,” Gordon explained. “We hope to gain long-term results from this program with better governance practices and create more employment opportunities for Olongapeños.”

ABV, an overseas development agency, has been around since 1981. ABV contributes to sustainable growth in developing communities through the transfer of knowledge and workplace skills, using volunteer expertise.

Volunteers sourced by ABV came from the world’s largest computer company, IBM, in different parts of the world such as China, India, Brazil, Singapore, USA, Canada and Philippines. These volunteers have extensive experiences in areas where assistance is actually needed.

According to its website, “ABV exists to help alleviate poverty in developing countries and create sustainable development… not by offering these countries money, but by offering the work skills and experience… of men and women who are experts in their various fields.”

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. with the delegates of the Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) Program under the sponsorship of the International Business Machine (IBM) during their first day in Olongapo City recently. Five members stayed in the city for a month to extend skills training assistance to choice offices and departments of the City Government. (Photo and Caption/PAO)


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