By Gideon C. Corgue
ZAMBOANGA CITY, 04 July (PIA) – At least 200 youth leaders from the 10 colleges/universities in the city will join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum at St. Edmund Campion Hall, Ateneo de Zamboanga University on Wednesday with the theme, “UNIDO: One Vision, One Identity, One Community, One ASEAN.”
The forum will be spearheaded by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in partnership with the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
“Each school will have 2 ASEAN Youth Ambassadors who will wear traditional attire of their assigned ASEAN country,” information center manager Felipo David G. Malcampo announced.
Participating schools which will represent the 10 ASEAN member states are: Brent College- Myanmar; Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School (ICAS) - Thailand; Pilar College - Cambodia; Southern City Colleges - Singapore; STI College - Indonesia; Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ) – Laos PDR; Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) - Vietnam; Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College - Malaysia; Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology - Brunei Darussalam; and Ateneo de Zamboanga University – Philippines.
The activity is one of several youth-related activities for the ASEAN campaign which seeks to inform the youth on the opportunities they can avail of that includes scholarships and student exchange programs, easy job placement and others.
ADZU President Fr. Karel San Juan will deliver the welcome address while Rody P. Garcia, CHED assistant chief and NYC head Raymond Domingo will present the benefits and opportunities of the youth in the ASEAN.
Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) alumni Mark Saavedra and Joseph Lou Sta. Teresa will also share their ASEAN experiences.
The program will culminate with the signing of a commitment pledge by the participants to roll-out the information in their respective schools. (ALT/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)