38th SSEAYP- Pintig Pinoy

The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) is an annual diplomatic and cultural exchange program sponsored by the Cabinet Office of Japan in cooperation with the member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The program brings together more than 300 youth from ASEAN countries and Japan, providing them with the unique opportunity to live together on board the Japanese cruise ship "MS Fuji Maru" for over 50 days.

SSEAYP started in January 1974 by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by Japan and the five ASEAN countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined in 1985. Vietnam participated in the program in 1996, while Laos and Myanmar participated in 1998, and Cambodia in 2000.

The aim of SSEAYP is to foster friendship, and to promote goodwill and greater understanding among young people from Japan and ASEAN countries. It also seeks to broaden their international outlook.

A series of activities are lined up for the selected participants. The program during the voyage includes discussions on relevant social and youth issues, cultural introductions, sports, recreation and club activities. While activities at each country port-of-call include interaction with the local youth, courtesy calls on dignitaries and institutional visits, as well as community service and a homestay experience.

SSEAYP Philippines

In the Philippines, the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program is implemented by the National Youth Commission (NYC) under the Office of the President, and supported by SSEAYP International Philippines, Inc.

The NYC is mandated by R.A. 8044 to be at the forefront in the dissemination, selection, training, preparatory activities, country program implementation and post-program evaluation activities of the SSEAYP.

The delegates will be on board the cruise liner MS Fuji Maru fromOctober 26 to December 16, 2011, visiting the following countries:
  • Japan,
  • Philippines (Manila),
  • Brunei Darussalam (Muara),
  • Indonesia (Jakarta),
  • Malaysia (Port Klang) and
  • Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh)

This year’s SSEAYP itinerary is exceptional since the Philippines will be one of the ports of call and venue of thefirst Country Programme, presenting the Philippine contingent, “PintigPinoy,” with the unique opportunity of exemplifying the best of our Filipino values and showcasing our rich culture and heritage as well as by showing to the world especially our ASEAN neighbors the various Filipino individuals as well as corporations and institutions that have achieved global success.
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