In light of the recent flooding in the Philippines, Peace Corps can confirm all volunteers currently serving in the Philippines have been contacted by Peace Corps staff and are safe. No volunteers are serving in or near the area affected by the heavy rains and floods.
"On behalf of the Peace Corps and the more than 7,500 volunteers serving around the world, I send my condolences to the people of the Philippines. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana," said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams.
Currently, 79 Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and 10 Peace Corps response volunteers (PCRVs) serve in the Philippines. Sixty-seven (67) Peace Corps Trainees are currently undergoing pre-service training in the Philippines; they will be sworn-in as volunteers on November 13th, 2009.