CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 11 -- In celebration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 50th Anniversary, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 supported and took part in the simultaneous ASEAN Landmark Lighting Ceremony held at DILG 10 Grounds, Cagayan de Oro City on August 8, 2017.
With the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that it reflects the Philippine government’s advocacy to promote unity with and among ASEAN member states and its global partners.
Upholding support to ASEAN
To commemorate this historical event, the Landmark Lighting involved the 50 historic landmarks and sites in the Philippines that have served as venues for ASEAN meetings and activities or as hosts of ASEAN centers and institutions.
In Region 10, these places are the province of Camiguin, and the cities of Malaybalay and Cagayan de Oro City.
Agabe said that the DILG Regional Offices, Central Office, as well as attached agencies, are joining the festivity to show our full support to the simultaneous Lantern Lighting Ceremony.
“ASEAN is one way in complementing our efforts to ensure that we could effectively combat maritime piracy, do something on environmental protection and preservation, promote peace and stability, tourism and as well as to ensure that there will be more investments, and more jobs,” Agabe said.
Further, he explained that ASEAN is also one organization where all people work together, coordinate and collaborate, to ensure that in times of disaster, there will be an immediate assistance coming from other member countries.
ASEAN in the next years
The DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A. Panadero graced the event saying, “This aggrupation will shape the future of our country relative to the nine other nations. Isa sa pakay nito is to promote stability in the region.”
The undersecretary explained that through ASEAN, there will be a Free Trade Zone or the free flow of goods. Moreover, he elaborated that the human resources can also move around ASEAN countries.
“If the Filipinos can move anywhere and work in any of the nine countries, similarly, some of the people there can also work here among us…This will definitely change the landscape of the way how we relate with each other, even with the rest of the ASEAN countries,” said Usec. Panadero.
In addition, he recognized that in order to move forward faster and be more effective in promoting development, there is a need for chief executives to increasingly work with each other and learn from each other, as well.
“Let us all embrace the 50th year of ASEAN as we look forward to a more vibrant and prosperous ASEAN that would definitely be affecting all of us,” he underscored.
Together with the DILG 10 personnel, representatives from Northern Mindanao’s National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Philippine Public Safety College-Regional Training Center (PPSC-RTC) attended the activity.
The celebration showcased Cagayan de Oro’s homegrown talents from University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Gintong Amihan Dance Troupe and from Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) Rondalla.
This festive event was capped off by a three-minute fireworks display as the 6-foot ASEAN lantern was lighted at exactly 7:00 p.m. (DILG 10/RBT)