The City of Iloilo and Boracay Island will be hosting the 29th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) International General Assembly (SIGA) 2017 from April 26 to 30.
More than 200 youth ambassadors from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and host country Philippines will take part in the five-day event.
On April 26, there will be Council of Presidents (COP) meeting in Smallville 21 Hotel, welcome dinner and opening ceremonies, trade fair in Iloilo Convention Center. Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will meet the youth-delegates in the region during the opening ceremonies. He will also present the symbolic key to the delegation heads.
Delegates will also join the general assembly in the morning of April 27 at Iloilo Convention Center before they get involve in social contribution activities focusing on livelihood, storytelling, nature conservation, maternal and child health.
In the evening, delegates will attend the cultural extravaganza at Iloilo Capitol grounds. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor will serve as guest of honor.
On April 28, delegates will travel to Boracay Island for the closing ceremonies and beach activities until April 30.
Meanwhile, a coordination meeting was held at Camp Pastor Martelino in Kalibo, Aklan on April 17 for security preparations of SIGA 2017.
Aklan acting police provincial director Senior Superintendent Lope Manlapaz presided the coordination meeting with the 10 chiefs of police and the Philippine Army 12th Infantry Battalion.
Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Group, Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Aklan PNP Crime Laboratory, Aviation Security Group, Provincial and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils also attended the meeting.
To ensure safety of delegates, route security from Aklan-Capiz boundary (Altavas) to Caticlan in Malay, Aklan will be established by the police.
Emergency response and medical teams, route and traffic management, police assistance desk will be put in place also in Caticlan and Kalibo.
Last February, Boracay Island hosted two Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) related meetings with more than 400 delegates.
This year’s theme “One Heart, One Beat, One Team” of SIGA 2017 aims to broaden youths’ international outlook, foster mutual understanding and friendship among youths in the Southeast Asian region and Japan.
SSEAYP began in January 1974 after Joint Statements were issued between Japan and five Asean countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. They were joined by Brunei Darussalam in 1985, followed by Vietnam in 1996.