AGUINALDO, Ifugao, June 19(PIA)- - Teachers, school officials and students of the different public schools of this town were oriented about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Chairmanship of the Philippines for ASEAN 2017 during a 4-day stint around the communities here.
Partnering with the Department of Education through Aguinaldo Public School District Supervisor Vicente Buyuccan Jr., a staff from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) tagged along during their round of schools for the conduct of information, education and communication (IEC) campaign on the ASEAN.
PIA explained to the participants about the history of the ASEAN and the member states composed of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It was organized to accelerate economic growth social progress, socio-cultural evolution among its members, protection of regional peace and stability and the opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.
They were also informed about the three pillars of the ASEAN Community which are the Political-Security Community led by the Department of Foreign Affairs to ensure that there will be peace, fairness and harmony among the membership; the ASEAN Economic Community headed by the Department of Trade and Industry which envisions to unite the ASEAN Region with the free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labor and free flow of capital, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development that also aims to build a caring and sharing community.
The Philippines is chairing the ASEAN this year with the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN which was established on August 8, 1967.
It was also explained that the ASEAN will focus on six thematic priorities namely people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN, peace and stability in the region, maritime security and cooperation, inclusive, innovation-led growth, ASEAN’s resiliency and ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player. With these, the Philippines aims to further spark change towards holistic growth and development. (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)