The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) recently conducted an Ugnayan: Dialogue for Progress forum at Silliman University, Dumaguete City to deepen the public’s appreciation on the Philippines’ hosting of ASEAN and to raise their awareness on the thrusts of the government. The activity was attended by representatives of different sectors in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. Watch the highlights of the event in this video prepared by PIA- 7:
By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
Opportunities and benefits of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were discussed recently during the second leg of the Philippine Information Agency’s “Ugnayan: A Dialogue for Progress” in Dumaguete City.
PIA Director General Harold Clavite said the opening of employment prospects in neighboring countries and visa-free travel are some of the advantages that the ASEAN brings for its citizens.
Clavite stressed that the objective of organizing the ASEAN community and with economic cooperation and regional integration is to improve the lives of its people.
The Ugnayan or ASEAN multi-sectoral forum intends to gather support to the Philippines’ chairmanship of the 50th ASEAN summit this year.
For her part, as one of the speakers of Staff Director Belina Capul of PIA explained that some 117 meetings that would take place in the different cities and provinces in the country where leaders, foreign ministers, and representatives of the ASEAN’s Technical Working Groups will talk on how to better improve the regional cooperation.
Capul said this year’s ASEAN will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the theme: “Partnering for change, Engaging the world” with Philippines holding the Chairmanship in accordance with the regular rotation among member states.
The ASEAN 10-member states include Brunei Darrusalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.
Clavite said the ASEAN region is one of the most promising when it comes to economy.
“Right now, we are the seventh largest economy i-combine ang GDP sa ASEAN ika- pito sa tibuok kalibutan and by 2050 gi project na siya nga ika-upat nga pinakadako nga ekonomiya sa tibuok kalibutan surpassing many other countries in the world,” Clavite said.
Capul also discussed about the positive impact of the ASEAN and how it will open up opportunities of economic, political, cultural, and security cooperation among its ten members.
Other issues discussed include benefits and challenges of the Freedom of Information and National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) Ambisyon Natin 2040 that highlights the Philippine government’s long-term mission and vision for the Filipino people and the country in the next 25 years.
The event is participated in by more than 120 sector representatives in the province which include local and national government unit officials, information officers, non-governmental organizations, members of the local media, and students.
In closing, Clavite also emphasized the need for community influencers and other communication networks to raise public awareness on how each Filipino can participate in and benefit from the programs and services of the government.
“While Filipinos are the biggest social media users, we have to be reminded ourselves to be responsible on the information we disseminated so as not to create irrelevant news or fake news but take the opportunity to empower the people,” he said.
The forum was graced by Dumaguete City mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo; Officer in Charge-Regional Director Fayette Riñen of PIA7; Regional Director of NEDA7 Efren B. Carreon; Staff Director of PIA Belina SB. Capul; Presidential Communications Operations Office representative Michelle Arianne M. Manza; Silliman University president Ben S. Malayang III; and Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Edward Du. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Angelica Mae D. Gomez)
By Roi Lomotan
The Philippine Information Agency – Negros Oriental Information Center recently conducted an Ugnayan Dialogue for Progress and ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum at Silliman University in Dumaguete City to deepen the public’s appreciation and understanding of ASEAN and raise their knowledge on the other thrusts of the government. Here are some highlight photos of the activity:
The Kahayag Dance Company opens the program with a cultural dance.
Above photo set (Clockwise) shows ANOPIO President Raffy Duhaylungsod hosting the activity while the rest of the pictures show the group of individuals participating in the forum. Some 127 persons representing various agencies and sectors participated in the forum.
In this photo set (clockwise): Mr. Angelo Tiongson, representative of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, Silliman University President Dr. Ben Malayang III, Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Ed Du and Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo express their message of support to PIA for organizing a Ugnayan Dialogue for Progress and ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum at Silliman University in Dumaguete City last April.
PIA Staff Director Belina Capul talks about ASEAN and its benefits to Filipinos. She also tackled the Philippines’ hosting of ASEAN this year anchored on the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”
Ms. Michelle Arianne Manza of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) talks about Executive Order No. 2 which implements Freedom of Information (FOI) in government offices under the Executive Branch. Manza emphasized that FOI is not only for the media but for Filipino families as well. She pointed out that the public can utilize information from government offices in making decisions to improve their quality of life.
NEDA-7 Regional Director Efren Carreon presents the highlights of NEDA’s Ambisyon Natin 2040 which represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years during the Ugnayan Dialogue for Progress – ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum held at Silliman University, Dumaguete City on April 18. He showed in his presentation that 70.3% of people in the Visayas aspire for simple and comfortable life in the next 25 years. He also discussed the challenges the government needs to resolve to help people achieve the life they want to have.
PIA Director General Haorld Clavite delivers the keynote message for the Ugnayan Dialogue for Progress – ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum held at Silliman University, Dumaguete City . In his speech, Clavite pointed out that the objective of organizing the ASEAN community and with economic cooperation and regional integration is to improve the lives of its people.
Organizers and guests of the Ugnayan Dialogue for Progress and ASEAN Multi-Sectoral take a photo op after the activity (l-r): NEDA Region 7 Director Efren Carreon, BSP-Dumaguete Deputy Director Nicasio Parc, Dr. Ben Malayang III, NOBDF official John Jalandoni, Manjuyod Mayor Felix Sy, PIA Director General Harold Clavite, NOCCI President Ed Du, PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen, PIA Staff Director Belina Capul, PCOO Officer Michelle Arianne Manza, PIA-NegOr Jenny Tilos and ANOPIO President Rafael Duhaylungso.