APR Messenger of Peace Coordinators gather in Mt Makiling
MoP Coordinators from 22 National Scout Organizations are gathering for four days from 23rd to 26th February 2013 at the National Training Center in Mt. Makiling in Laguna, Philippines to share their experiences on the actions taken under the global initiative Messenger of Peace and to plan for future projects. Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) is hosting the gathering.
MoP Coordinators from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Scouts of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Kiribati, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand joined the Opening Ceremony of National Peace Jamboree on Baden Powell Day, the 22nd of February. Boy Scouts of the Philippines President Hon. Jejomar C. Binay, on this occasion, greeted all the coordinators for a great job and addressed around 5,000 Scouts attending the Peace Jamboree.
The MoP gathering was inaugurated on 23rd February by BSP Board member Del De Guzman, with the presence of Cedrik Train, BSP National Commissioner for Community Based Scouting, Regional Director of World Scout Bureau (WSB) Abdullah Rasheed; Mr Peter Illig, Director of Global Support, WSB and BSP Director of Operations Roger Villa.
The objective of the gathering is to update MOP Coordinators on the Messenger of Peace Initiative and build their capacity for effective and efficient implementation of the projects, with multiplying effects, at national and local levels. The MoP initiative targets to enroll at least 20 million Scouts as part of the Global Network in the next eight years including proactive involvement in their communities.
Coordinators will go through an extensive exercise of sharing best practices, hands on project planning and management, expanding the MoP network and maximizing the use of MoP on-line platform. They will meet the young people participating in the National Peace Jam, and a half day educational tour to explore the province of Laguna.
The gathering is directed by Rev. Dr. Leonides T. Son, Deputy National Training Commissioner of BSP; supported by Mr Prassanna Shrivastava, Director Development Support & Finance, WSB; Ms. Cynthia Marquez, Global Projects Manager; Syd Castillo, Director of Youth Programme; Uzair Kamal, Development Support Manager; and coordinated by Mr. Yasser F. Sarona of the BSP.