Zamboanga City – A senior high school student of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) was chosen by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) to represent the country in the “Inspire Japan 2014 Programme” sponsored by the Scouts Association of Japan (SAJ).
The Boy Scout Council in this city yesterday said Jericho “Jayco” C. Ortega, a 4th year student of ADZU, is the lone representative of the country to the event in Japan slated from July 28 to August 11.
The local council here said Jayko, as he is fondly called, together with adult leader Yogie Ben Obsiana of Roxas City, bested numerous applicants from the 117 councils in the Philippines.
This year’s program will be participated in by the 44 delegates coming from 15 countries, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Molvoda, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia.
The primary purpose of the program is to promote the cultural exchange between Japan, and other neighboring countries where the scouting movement is sactive and prominent.
The highlights of the program include the participation of the delegates to the 9th Kyushu Camporee, and the Yamaguchi Camporee, which is the venue for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree next year, and visits to the cities of Yamaguchi, Kyushu, Kitakyushu, and Nagasaki, with Fukuoka as staging point.
According the local council, Jayco is the son of spouses Cheryl and Development Bank of the Philippines Regional Counsel Jose Rizalino “Jay-are” Ortega, who is the senior scout representative of the Zamboanga City Boy Scout Council’s Executive Board for 2014-2015. (Nonoy E. Lacson)