The National Youth Commission of the Philippines implements ‘The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program’ (SSEAYP) in the country held each year, in which the commission have chosen 28 PY delegates to represent the country in the coming 36th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP). Ms. Geraldine Bernardo, the Olympic Captain of the Philippine Rowing Team, was chosen to be the National Leader of the group.
The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program is based on the respective Joint Statements issued in January 1974 between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of Philippines, the Republic of Singapore and the Kingdom of Thailand, Negara Brunei Darussalam, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Union of Myanmar, and the Kingdom of Cambodia. This program is carried out by the Government of Japan with the active participation and cooperation of these Southeast Asian countries.
The Institute of Nursing and Health Education, led by the respective Dean of the institute, Ms. Concesa V. Oandasan, Ph. D, R.N, together with the other college departments, accommodated and started the team building program, which is composed of the chosen 28 Nursing students who were also paired with each PY delegate for the conduction of the activities. We are lucky enough that Mayor Marides Fernando, Marikina City Mayor opted Roosevelt College Cainta to host one of the Pre-Departure Training Program for the delegates. The program was conducted last July 22, 2009 and was conducted at the ‘Bahay ng Alumni’. The master of ceremonies of the said program is Mr. Radnir T. Arandia, a professor of INHE.
The program started with a doxology prayer and then followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Then after, President Romeo P. Dela Paz, and Mr. Raul Dominic Badilla, the Commissioner who represents Luzon for the National Youth Commission, both gave their meaningful speeches.