Students learn ASEAN is a ‘community of opportunities’

  • July 17, 2017
  • Leonard T. Pineda I
ILOILO CITY,  July 17 (PIA6) --- Students of Guimaras State College (GSC) in Buenavista, Guimaras expressed appreciation to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-6 for elevating their awareness about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
 
In the ASEAN multi-sectoral forum held July 14, Jennr Fertiza, a Business Administration student said that it was in the forum that they were first introduced how ASEAN provides numerous opportunities that students can take advantage of.
 
“Ang ASEAN gali naga-open damu nga opportunities like student exchange programs (ASEAN opens numerous opportunities like student exchange programs),” he said.
 
He said that the forum paved the way for them to learn about benefits that students can avail through various ASEAN programs.
 
“Kun tsakto lang ang pag-study mo, damu gid pwede nga prospects nga ma-avail sa ASEAN like internships sa iban nga ASEAN countries, regional workshops, kag pag-join sa ASEAN youth organizations (If you do well in your studies, there are numerous prospects that one can avail from ASEAN like internships in other ASEAN countries, regional workshops, and joining ASEAN youth organizations),” he explained.
 
Silangan Shrine Silva, an Education student and a budding entrepreneur, said she was glad to know about the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA).
 
Through the forum, Silva learned that AFTA made significant progress in the lowering of intra-regional tariffs.
“Damu ko nahibaluan nga pwede ko mapuslan kung magtukod ko akon negosyo sa future (I have known so many things that I could benefit from if I start my own business in the future),” she said.
 
Mary Joy Guillen, another Education student, said the future of students like her was assured considering that ASEAN provides more job opportunities and ability to work in another country.
 
“Ang ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement nagarecognize sang license sang mga professionals diri nga mag-ubra sa iban nga pungsod sa ASEAN (The ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement recognizes the license of professionals here and enables them to work in ASEAN countries),” she said.
 
Although Education is not yet included in the AMRA, Guillen is optimistic that her chosen field/profession would be recognized in the near future.
 
During the multi-sectoral forum, the students along with other stakeholders were also briefed on the executive order on the Freedom of Information, the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), and an accomplishment report of the Guimaras Police Provincial Office. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

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