A good blend of volunteers and professionals gathered from 13-14 June 2013, in Makati City, Philippines for this year’s Asia-Pacific Regional Management Meeting. The purpose of this annual management meeting was to review the region's performance based on the APR Plan, set the operational plan for the coming year, plan the budget for the next fiscal year and discuss the operational matters and global challenges affecting the region.
In his opening remarks, Regional Scout Committee Chairman Dr Chao Shou-Po noted that it was a very special meeting having the presence of the two Regional Directors – outgoing Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed and incoming Regional Director Mr JR C Pangilinan.
In his short but meaningful remarks, Mr Pangilinan said that as a former employee of the Bureau, he was happy to be back while knowing the challenges in his hands. “Let these challenges inspire us,” he said. As the new RD, he has three priorities under his management, which he will concentrate in the coming months: office location; fund management and the quality of service the regional office provides.
Discussions covered the updates on Ticket to Life and Messengers of Peace projects; internal audit report; review of regional support to NSOs concerning CNV and consultancy visits; and other administrative and financial issues such as house rule and budget. Other major topics discussed were the review of actions for regional and world scout conference resolutions and update on upcoming regional events: regional summit 2014 and matters related to the 25th APR Scout Conference 2015, in Korea.
WOSM Global Director Göran Hägerdal, who is the Desk Officer for the Asia-Pacific Region, reported on the updates on central office location review and other WOSM global issues.
Other regional leaders who made significant contribution to the meeting were Regional committee member Wendel Avisado, Regional Treasurer Mr Paul Ho, APR Management and Finance Sub-Committee Chairmen Malcolm Tan and Joseph Lau, respectively, joined with the APR Directors and staff.