Recognizing the pivotal role of the scouting movement in advancing the cause of the multi-nation regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat acknowledged the important contribution of the scouting movement in shaping the region’s future leaders.
Director Lee Yoong Yoong, director of the Community Affairs Directorate of the ASEAN Secretariat, stressed the need to further maximize the huge potential of the scouting movement especially in the area of youth development.
This developed as the scout leaders of the ASEAN Scout Association for Regional Cooperation (ASARC) convened in Tagum City yesterday for the ninth edition of its annual meeting where they tackled important matters pertaining to improving the state of scouting movement among ASEAN countries.
“As the ASEAN celebrates its golden anniversary, one of our priorities is the youth. We regard ASARC as a key stakeholder in reaching out to the youth,” the ASEAN secretariat’s representative stressed during the high-level meeting hosted by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and BSP Tagum City Council yesterday, November 26, one day before the opening of the 6th ASEAN Scout Jamboree.
Yoong Yoong added that while the scouting movement is a global organization, ASARC’s role in advancing youth-related programs is unique and therefore deserves to be fully maximized.
He added that he is appreciative of the efforts of the scouting movement in honing the youth as it acknowledged that the youth sector cannot be fully covered alone by the ASEAN, and thus the need to partner with reputable institutions whose mission is on youth development like ASARC.
ASARC Chairman and BSP National President Wendel E. Avisado for his part assured the ASEAN Secretariat of the regional federation of scouting movement’s continued push in strengthening the ASEAN community.
Except for Laos, Atty. Avisado added that the presence alone of all national scouting organizations from all ASEAN member countries is already a manifestation of the strength of ASARC as an important force in youth development.
Among the agenda laid on the table during the 9th ASARC meeting is the accreditation of ASARC as a recognized entity of the ASEAN, a long-time dream of the organization.
During yesterday’s day-long meeting, a resolution was passed by ASARC en banc urging the national government of each country to endorse the accreditation of ASARC to the ASEAN community.
Mr. Yoong Yoong reported hat the initial request of ASARC is already at the Senior Officials’ agenda on youth and education, respectively.
He added that if all things will turn right, ASARC will secure its eventual accreditation by the second quarter of the year 2018.
On his part, Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon is bullish the proposal will enjoy a swift approval, given the scope of reach of ASARC among its member-countries in the ASEAN region. Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum