MANILA: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will see the projects of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in Typhoon Haiyan-hit Tacloban City and other related projects of the Swedish government during his first visit in the country.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Gustaf would be in the country from January 24 to 26.
The king, guest of honour at the Invitational Peace Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in their centenary year, yesterday called on President Aquino, who is the country’s chief scout by virtue of Republic Act 7278.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, concurrently the national president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, hosted last night a dinner together with officials of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and the World Scout Foundation.
The king will also visit other projects of the Swedish government implemented through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The DFA said the king’s commitment to the Boy Scout movement has been life-long. From being a scout himself as a young man, he has served as honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation (WSF) since 1977.
The WSF raises funds for various scouting projects worldwide, including the Ticket to Life project in the Philippines.
The Philippine star