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About James Yen Center

The Yen Center – named after IIRR founder, Dr. Y.C. James Yen – is a glorious 50-hectare campus of foliage, birds and insects fenced in by a greenbelt mini-forest. The Center is the headquarters of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), Regional Center for Asia, and Philippine Country Program. It also houses Yen Center conference facilities, in an environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city, conducive to reflection, recreation and learning.

“I always look forward to my trips to IIRR for Peace Corps events. The grounds are peaceful and beautiful – a great escape from city life in Manila. I love to take walks in the morning and listen to the birds and enjoy the fresh air. And most especially, we are so grateful to the warm and hospitable staff who always are smiling, and go above and beyond to be responsive to our requests. On behalf of all the Peace Corps Philippines staff and volunteers, thank you for making IIRR feel like a second home to us.”

Monica CollierCountry Director, US Peace Corps

Take a short trek through our thick forest trails, a home to more than 50 species of birds

Forest trails