EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM (EVP)
Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) refers to the international exchange program administered by the United States to implement the Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (as amended, Public Law 87-256, 22 USC 2451, et seq., 1988). The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. Educational and cultural exchanges assist in furthering the US foreign policy objectives.
The EVP Committee is composed of the DFA as Chair with members from the Department of Health (DOH), DepEd, DOLE, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Office of the President, and the CFO, which serves as the Secretariat. Among the functions of the EVP Committee are to: screen, process, and evaluate applications of prospective participants to the program; endorse qualified applicants to appropriate host agencies; coordinate and conduct pre-departure and on-site orientation sessions for participants; and develop proposals on incentive schemes and re-entry programs for the participants to facilitate their return to the Philippines and to share the skills and expertise they acquired overseas. An annual average of 1,150 registers to the EVP Program.