January 31, 2023

The National Youth Commission is calling on young leaders who are looking for opportunities to grow to apply for the 47th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP), an international exchange platform for budding frontrunners.
Applications are open until March 30 at 5 p.m.
Individuals 18 to 30 years old, those passionate in pushing for youth advocacies, and an active citizen with loyalty and love for the country can be the next Philippine Youth Ambassador of Goodwill, a title given to SSEAYP’s Philippine representatives.
The SSEAYP is an annual cultural and knowledge exchange program started in January 1974 that aims to promote goodwill, friendship, and mutual understanding by virtue of a memorandum of agreement between member states of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations, and the government of Japan.
The program provides an avenue for immersion in different cultures through homestay programs, friendship building, enhancement of knowledge about timely and significant issues in relation to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), discovery of innovative ideas and best practices, and amplification and development of projects through international collaborations.
Each ASEAN country will select 28 youths and one National leader (35 to 55 years old) who will convene in Japan onboard the Japanese luxury liner MS Nippon Maru. Selected and deserving participants will embark on a 52-day cruise to ASEAN countries for port-of-call activities, discussion and voluntary activities, solidarity group activities, seminars, and interactions with other youth participants.
The NYC, with the help of other partner agencies, shall select the youth participants. All 17 regions will be represented.
Interested applicants may visit http://bit.ly/ 47thSSEAYPPHPY to access the application form.
For more information about SSEAYP and other international programs, check the official Facebook page of NYC or visit www.nyc.gov.ph. – Franzes Ivy U. Carasi