Large-scale senior public official training team from the Philippines receives Saemaul education at YU
International cooperation leading university project reaps fruit in the Philippines
Enderun Colleges became the first foreign university to establish the 'Saemaul Department'
[March 25, 2016]
<Philippine government and local authority leaders received Saemaul Undong training and held a completion ceremony on the 18th>
The Saemaul Undong is spreading throughout all of the Philippines. The seeds of the global Saemaul Undong sown by YU after being selected as an international cooperation leading university by the Ministry of Education have finally given fruit.
YU conducted Saemaul training for 21 people including key figures in the Filipino government and local authorities for seven days from the 13th to the 19th. The group included 11 provincial government leaders of the philippines such as Governor Wilter Palma of Zamboanga Sibugay, Mayor Don Abalon of Northern Samar, the mayor of San Roque, and the vice-governors of administration from La Union and Abra Provinces. Furthermore, senior public officials of major central government departments such as the National Economic Development Agency (NEDA), Agricultural Reform Ministry, and the Public Administration Ministry and key figures of the League of Provinces of the Philippines also joined.
This training, which began in the morning of the 14th with an orientation, included visiting Gumi City Hall on the 16th to gain a basic understanding of the principles of and strategies of the Saemaul Undong by checking the advanced provincial administration for urban and rural areas in Gumi, and it was a good opportunity to improve understanding on Korea's current rural development and advanced agricultural administration.
Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul Director Park Seung-woo, who is in charge of YU's international cooperation leading university project, said in his welcoming address, "This training program will be an important point in time for spreading the spirit and methodology of the Saemaul Undong in the Philippines, and to spread regional development programs based on the Saemaul Undong." The governor of Palma said in his keynote address, "I hope that the participants here will spread Korea's Saemaul Undong in the Philippines and become warriors that spread regional development for the Philippines based on the spirit and policies of the Saemaul Undong."
Meanwhile, YU created a huge sensation by establishing a Saemaul Department in Enderun Colleges in the Philippines through the international cooperating leading university project. Enderun Colleges President Ed Rodriguez, who also participated in this training, said, "We will do our best in spreading the Saemaul Undong in the Philippines with Enderen Colleges as its forward base." Enderun Colleges has been engaging in Saemaul regional development programs and Saemaul training programs for public employees through MOUs with a number of provincial governments such as in Iloilo and Letye, as well as the League of Provinces of the Philippines.
It is expected that through this training for senior public officials, YU's global Saemaul Undong will spread all across the Philippines. The seeds of the global Saemaul Undong sown by YU are not reaping fruits in the Philippines.