Left-Right Top: ADMU President, Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, Signing of MOU between UKM & UP
Left-Right Bottom: VIPs at the signing ceremony, DLSU President, Bro. Raymundo Suplido, FSC
26 January 2016 – ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) 2016 in its 4th year of implementation saw the strategic collaboration forged in the form of the Memorandum of Agreement signed between Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia – UKM) and three top universities in the Philippines namely University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) for the implementation of the programme in Manila, Philippines for four weeks beginning August 1 – 26, 2016.
This strong collaboration is rooted on the strength of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) of which all four universities are members of. This partnership will see 50 youth leaders aged between 18-30 years old from across 10 ASEAN countries working together with communities in Banaba and Payatas Barangays in Quezon City on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) issues, the theme for this year’s AYVP. They will also be introduced to the DRR concepts and theories, ASEAN identity and leadership sessions during the preparatory phase and eventually preparing for their final week, completing their reports and practicing for the closing ceremony.
In his welcoming remarks, UP President Dr Alfredo Pascual stressed the importance of letting youth leaders know each other early in their development for ASEAN to crystallise. UKM’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali in his [email protected] speech, shared UKM’s commitment in striving to clock the highest ASEAN mileage in supporting all three ASEAN Secretariat’s pillars through various ASEAN level initiatives at UKM such as the AYVP and AsiaEngage.
Left-Right: UP President Dr. Alfredo Pascual, UKM VC Prof. Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali
Also on universities’ role for ASEAN, ADMU President, Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ concluded that the collaboration will encourage “higher education to play an even more significant role in the lives of our people and the region.”
This was further emphasized by DLSU President, Bro. Raymundo Suplido, FSC, when describing the agreements as a form of “bayanihan,” a Filipino custom where people come together as a community to help each other address both individual and collective needs.
This historical occasion saw in attendance, UKM Board of Management Chairman Dato’ Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, who headed the UKM delegation, Embassy of Malaysia to the Philippines Charge d’Affaires Mr Akmal Che Mustafa and Counsellor Mr Rizany Irwan Muhamad Mazlan; Commission on Higher Education Chair Patricia Licuanan; Ambassador Maria Hellen B. Dela Vega, Assistant Secretary, Office of ASEAN Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency Executive Director Joselito de Vera and officials from UKM, UP, ADMU and DLSU.