NWRB participates in ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillar Launch
Angeles City, Pampanga
January 24, 2017

As part of the Philippines’ hosting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the launching of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillar at the Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga.

The National Water Resources Board joined the activity as its mother agency, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, falls under the government offices that will work under the ASCC pillar. This pillar is one of the three ASEAN community councils directed to nurturing the human, cultural and natural resources for sustained development in a harmonious and people-oriented ASEAN. The two other pillars are the Political-Security and Economic.

During the event, Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., ASEAN 2017 Philippines Director-General for Operations, highlighted the importance of knowing what ASEAN is. He said that people in other ASEAN countries are well versed with what this community is all about while most Filipinos barely know an idea about ASEAN. Therefore, he mentioned, that it is time that we educate our citizens, starting with the youth, on ASEAN.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, as the ASCC leader, enumerated the third pillar strategies aligned with the ASEAN 2017 theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. Among these are “promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers and vulnerable sectors; appreciation of cultural heritage and strengthening of the ASEAN cultural identity; intensifying access to healthcare and improved nutrition; and promotion of the role of civil service as catalyst for achieving ASEAN Vision 2025,” said the Secretary.

Participants who attended the one-day activity came from government agencies, private institutions, civil society organizations, and the academe. They were entertained by performers KASAMAKA sa Bulacan and Angeles City Trade School dance troupes and two soprano singers dubbed as The Nightingales.

The Philippines officially assumed ASEAN chairmanship last January 15, 2017 in Davao City from its former host country, Laos.

ASEAN was created in 1967 with five initial member states including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. This year, ASEAN’s ten-country members – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – celebrate its golden anniversary.