KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 15 (PIA) - In a bid to familiarize the young people on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippine Information Agency is holding a series of forums in different areas in SOCCSKSARGEN Region
PIA 12-led ASEAN Youth Forums will kick off on Thursday, March 16, at the city gymnasium in Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province where participants are students of public and private high schools and colleges in the city and neighboring municipalities.
A second forum will be held at the Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) in ACCESS, EJC Montilla in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat Province on Friday, March 17, targeting students and student leaders of the government-run school.
"The series of information, education and communication campaigns aims to raise public awareness regarding the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)," PIA 12 OIC Regional Director Joey Sem Dalumpines said.
Besides explaining ASEAN to the young people, the events also intend to drum up support to Philippine's chairmanship of the ASEAN this year as well as the summits and other activities in relation to the ASEAN 50th anniversary, he added.
For the youth forums, PIA 12 has partnered with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
In both gatherings, Daniel Te, OIC Regional Director of DFA Regional Consular Office 12 will discuss the ASEAN as an organization and its institutional partnerships.
Melissa Gabrielle Vargas, economic development specialist 1 of the Project Development, Investment Programming and Budget Division of NEDA 12 will talk on the ASEAN Economic Community
Also, Rosa Lemana, chief of the Development Research Division of NEDA will present the 25-year framework for planning of socio-economic programs and policies AmBisyon Natin 2040 while Gerardo Reynaldo, chief to the Central Mindanao Office of the MinDA will expound on the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
PIA 12 has also scheduled another ASEAN Youth Forum on March 31 at the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)