At least 25,000 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, a tenth of whom are foreign delegates, are expected to participate in the 6th ASEAN Jamboree this coming Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.
Expected to join are Boy Scout delegations from 10 countries which are members of ASEAN but other delegations from other non-ASEAN countries like India, South Korea and Eurasian countries are also participating, bared by Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon.
He is member of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines national executive board.
He added they planned the event considering a readiness to accommodate 30,000 scouts, about half of whom comes from Mindanao.
The mayor said his city can accomodate the expected total number of scouts in camps to be set up inside the sprawling Energy Park, the jamboree venue at Barangay Apokon.
He added that hotels and private homes in home-stay scheme in the city can also accomodate officials and dignitaries, both locals and foreigners, joining and gracing the week-long jamboree.
As to security of the delegates, the city mayor expressed confidence that the combined forces of police, military and civilian peacekeeping auxiliaries and force multipliers are capable to give a tight blanket of security to the city and jamboree participants especially that martial law in Mindanao is still in place by then.
“With or without martial law, safe ang Tagum. But martial law is an opportunity when we can tell now that we are more safe,” Rellon said, citing the active security mode, checkpoints and army units surrounding the city.
Rellon sees by now the ASEAN jamboree as source of so bullish multiplier effect that would greatly benefit the economy of the city.
“Tagum City is now going to be the scouting capital of PH,” he quipped.
He along with BSP national president Wendel Avisado and other national executive board members recently participated in the World Scout Leaders Conference held in Azerbaijan last Aug. 13-17 where delegations from 169 countries participated.
Rellon also barnstormed for a roadshow on Tagum City’s readiness to host the ASEAN jamboree in ASEAN Scout Leaders Conference last Aug. 25 to 26. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)