BANGI, MALAYSIA – ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) implemented by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia-UKM) is delighted to announce its 4th installation of the regional youth programme in the Philippines.  AYVP Philippines 2016, ‘The Development of ASEAN Youth DRR-Leaders through Volunteerism and Community Engagement’ will be organised in collaboration with the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University from the 1st until 26th August 2016 focusing on the thematic area of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

50 ASEAN volunteers or AYVP DRR-Leaders will embark on a 4 week knowledge-driven, volunteerism journey with week 1 and 4 seeing them attending a series of workshops at the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus. Weeks two and three sees them engaging with local communities in implementing DRR activities at the Barangay Payatas and Barangay Banaba, Quezon City.

As part of the multiplier effect and sustainability of the programme, these youth leaders will work on DRR project proposals and stand a chance to be awarded a seed grant of up to USD 2000 for project implementation in their home countries.

AYVP’s main goal is to drive youth volunteerism and community development that involve young people with a targeted demographic age between 18 and 30 (youth from higher education, colleges and working professionals) across ASEAN.  AYVP Philippines 2016 seeks to develop 50 ASEAN Youth DRR-Leaders with competencies and skills in youth leadership, disaster management, and shared ASEAN values through the spirit of volunteerism and community engagement.

This programme is supported by the ASEAN Secretariat, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, The National Youth Commission Philippines and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

For further information about the programme, please visit the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) website at www.ayvpukm.com.my.

For further queries, please contact Mr. Nik Luqman Wan Zainoddin at [email protected] or +60389214200 and the Philippines counterpart, Mr. Jan Mikhail G. Solitario at [email protected]  or +639988581413.