By Gideon C. Corgue
ZAMBOANGA CITY, 17 July (PIA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Forum is an exercise of war against apathy and indifference.
Thus disclosed Dr. Robert Panaguiton, dean of the College of Liberal Arts of Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) in a forum held recently attended by 200 youth leaders from 10 colleges and universities.
“If there is a war against drugs, this could also be a war against apathy, a war against indifference among the youth. We are gathered here because we wat to fight against apathy and indifference, ” Panagution declared.
“Let us start learning from each other, empowering ourselves, knowing things outside from us so that we will become more engaged citizens of the Philippines,” Dr. Panaguiton persuaded.
The forum is an event where the youth can gain a lot of information regarding ASEAN and what is happening even beyond the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Bryan Bango, international studies coordinator said there are tremendous opportunities among the ten member-states who are cooperating and at the same time, engaging in a friendly competition.
Bango said when we go to the airport and travel within ASEAN country, we have the privilege to go to the ASEAN lane.
“The ASEAN lane is the faster and more efficient lane where we surrender our passport so that we will be allowed entry in any ASEAN country. It bridges our way thru immigration without any hassle,” Bango informed.
He encouraged the participants to be aggressive in learning about ASEAN and be inspired by the many things that the ASEAN is doing
“Share what you have learned from the forum and whatever learning you have about ASEAN because ASEAN will work for us as we work for ASEAN,” he concluded. (ALT/GCC/PIA-Pagadian City)