By Rene V. Carbayas
Isabela City, Basilan July 13 (PIA) – An ASEAN Campus Tour with a creative localized title: “UNIDO: One Vision, One Identity, One Community, One ASEAN” will be held at Basilan State College (BaSC) tomorrow, July 14.
This youth forum will take place at the BaSC Amphitheater to be participated in by over 200 youth leaders from nine different colleges and selected senior high schools of Isabela City. The event will serve as an awareness campaign of what ASEAN is and will tackle ASEAN youth issues and concerns in a workshop.
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Basilan Infocenter Manager Rene V. Carbayas led the series of coordination meetings, together with BaSC Dean of the Office of Student Affairs and Services (DSAS), instructors from the different departments and colleges, and leaders of student organizations of Basilan State College to prepare for the event.
The PIA presented the plan, discussed the flow of the program, and the requirements for the said event.
Participants will be coming from different schools: Basilan State College (Myanmar), Furigay College Inc. (Thailand), Alano School of Midwifery (Cambodia), Claret College of Isabela (Singapore and Laos PDR), COMTECH (Indonesia), Basilan National High School (Vietnam), Isabela City National High School (Malaysia), Malamawi National High School (Brunei Darussalam), and Begang National High School (Philippines). Each school will choose 2 Youth Ambassadors to represent the national costume of their assigned countries under the ASEAN Community.
Aside from Basilan State College, the event is also supported by the Nagdilaab Foundation Inc, Mindanao Youth Development Program, Commission on Higher Education, and the Department of Education.
During meetings, specific tasks and roles were discussed for the different volunteer students, faculty members, and other organizations. BaSC’s campus organ, The Chronicler will stand as the local media covering the event. PIA emphasized the role of small group facilitators especially in capsulizing and summarizing the ideas of the youth on particular issues and concerns.
This first ASEAN youth forum in Basilan will provide the youth with wider understanding about the benefits of ASEAN Integration and the opportunities in store for the welfare and development of the youth. (ALT/RVC/PIA9-Basilan with reports from Chroniclers: Rosheil M. Ramos, Jezka A. Tayongtong, Mark C. Melgar, and Marc Vincent J. Balber of Basilan State College)