PAGADIAN CITY, May 11 (PIA) - - - To give Juan dela Cruz and every Filipino, information about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its impact, benefits and opportunities to our country, the Philippine Information Agency has set up 2 ASEAN information kiosks here on Tuesday, May 9.
PIA Deputy Director General Gregorio Angelo Villar led the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Pagadian City Airport and Gaisano Capital Mall where he emphasized the importance of a well-informed citizenry especially in the event of the 2017 ASEAN.
Mae Junica A. Torres, City Councilor who ably represented Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones urged passengers to take advantage of the PIA info kiosks and read materials on the ASEAN.
“We are no longer just Filipinos but also ASEANOs. We are partners for change in the ASEAN community,” Torres declared. She called on Pagadianons to take the opportunities of the ASEAN by learning what the integration has to offer, particularly to uplift the lives of the Filipino people.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines OIC Laureto Abian was grateful to the PIA in bringing information closer to the people especially for passengers who use the airport terminal.
To date, there are more than 40 information kiosks set up in various areas of the country to keep the Filipino people abreast about ASEAN..
Meanwhile, the “Ugnayan” ASEAN multi-sectoral forum was held at the Executive Building, City Hall Complex at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM with about 400 participants in attendance.
PIA RD Noemi B. Edaga emphasized the need for Filipinos to know about ASEAN. “As a member country, everyone can avail of countless opportunities in the ASEAN cooperation. She shared multi-faceted opportunities of being part of ASEAN to Pagadianons in the multi sectoral forum.
“Lack of education or ignorance and wrong ideologies are among the reasons why many fall victim in joining terror groups like the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG),” said LtCol Emmanuel Garcia of the Philippine Army. He said the root causes of terrorism include violent extremism, poverty, ignorance, adventurism, lack of opportunities and lack of governance that hinders a vibrant economic environment.
“All the things that we do, we will not succeed without civilian support, kaya po kailangan namin kayo,” Garcia appealed to the participants.
SPO4 Ricky Cabatic of RPSB-9, PNP urged parents to protect the Filipino ASEAN youth against drugs especially shabu. “Protecting the youth assures them of a bright future in the ASEAN community,” he said. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay)