Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf arrived in Manila Friday to oversee his country’s projects in the Philippines and to attend the centenary celebration of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
The King will be in the Philippines from January 24 (Friday) until January 26 (Sunday), and will call on President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
One of the official functions that His Majesty will be attending is the centenary year of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines’ Invitational Peace Jamboree.
His Majesty is the Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation (WSF).
The WSF raises funds for various scouting projects worldwide, including the Ticket to Life project in the Philippines.
It is in this capacity that he will be meeting with Mr. Aquino, the country’s Chief Scout as mandated by RA 727, and Binay, the National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
The Vice President will be hosting a dinner for the King.
His Majesty’s arrival at the airport was received by Education Secretary Brother Armin Luistro, DFA European Affairs Assistant Secretary Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson, non-resident Philippine Ambassador to Sweden Bayani Mercado and J. Rizal Pangilinan, regional director of the World Organization for the Scout Movement.
Luistro is a mandated member of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
As Education chief, he leads the two-million-strong young Filipino scout members in the country.
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines has the third biggest scout membership in the world, following the Boy Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of Indonesia.
Also, His Majesty will visit Tacloban to see the various projects of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and other related projects implemented by the Swedish government through the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, which devastated major parts of eastern Visayas on November 8 last year. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON