ILOILO CITY, August 9 (PIA6) --- In celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-6 gathered over 500 representatives from various sectors in Iloilo for an ASEAN multi-sectoral forum at West Visayas State University (WVSU) Cultural Center here.
PIA-6 Regional Director Atty. Ma. Janet Mesa said that the forum aimed to underscore the significance of commemorating ASEAN’s 50th anniversary and for people to focus on ASEAN and what it could bring to our national life.
“All over the country today, with Manila as the center of the celebration, the anniversary of ASEAN is being celebrated,” said Mesa.
She said that the multi-sectoral forum is just one of the many strategies that PIA has been implementing as part of the all-out information campaign to spread ASEAN awareness in the region.
WVSU University President Dr. Luis M. Sorolla Jr. said that ASEAN as an organization paved the way for people to work together to achieve economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in this part of the globe.
“We should not just think of ourselves as Filipinos but as citizens of the ASEAN community,” he said.
He said that the multi-sectoral forum was made possible through the collaboration efforts of the Regional Association of National Government Executives (RANGE), PIA-6, and WVSU.
During the forum, PIA-6 Information Officer Leonard Pineda I provided an overview of ASEAN, the Philippine Chairship of ASEAN 2017, and the benefits and opportunities that Filipino citizens can gain from the ASEAN integration.
Atty. Lily Freida Milla, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs Service Director III, talked on the opportunities for colleges and universities in the ASEAN Community.
Ken Queenie Cuñada, DTI-6 Trade and Industry Development Specialist Division Chief, discussed the benefits and opportunities for micro, small, and medium enterprises in the ASEAN economic community.