To highlight the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) role in increasing competitiveness, creating a single market and production base, and promoting equitable economic development, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 10 held the ASEAN Barangay and Multi-Sectoral Fora on April 26 in Baroy and Tubod towns, Lanao del Norte.
“Importante nga makigkuyog ta sa ASEAN kay ang pagtaas sa ekonomiya sa ASEAN, mao pud ang pagtaas sa ekonomiya sa Pilipinas (It is important that we go along with ASEAN because the increase of economy in ASEAN would also mean economic increase in the Philippines),” PIA Director General Harold Clavite said.
Currently, ASEAN is named as the 7th largest economy in the world with a collective income of $2.3 trillion. “We are expected to be the 4th largest economy in the world by 2030,” the director general shared.
With the acceleration of the ASEAN economy, time will come when no one will be suffering from poverty because the primary goal of the ASEAN is to improve the lives of its citizens.
Aside from boosting the economy, Clavite stressed that with ASEAN, infrastructure connectivity for easier access to the neighboring countries, scholarship opportunities, and peace and security will be easily established.
Way to economic development
To further emphasize the economic direction of the country years from now, Engr. Nestor Lisondra, chief economic development specialist of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-X, shared the 25-year vision of the Philippines through the Ambisyon Natin 2040, which could be a basis for unity among Filipinos, especially at this time.
“It is envisioned to be an anchor for development planning across administrations, and a guide for engaging with international development partners,” Lisondra said.
NEDA’s simplest summation of Ambisyon Natin 2040 is, “Matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat (Strongly rooted, comfortable life for all).”
Hence, the vision for the country by 2040 is a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor. The people will enjoy long and healthy lives, are smart and innovative and will live in a high-trust society.
Working on security and peace
During the fora, Commissioner Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan of the Bangsamoro Transition Committee shared on the normalization track of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro saying that it is “the process whereby communities can achieve their desired quality of life, which includes the pursuit of sustainable livelihood and political participation within a peaceful deliberative society.”
Lisondra also stressed that normalization will simultaneously happen alongside the roadmap towards the creation of the Bangsamoro and it aims to ensure human security in the Bangsamoro.
To realize such goal, the Task Force for Decommissioned Combatants and their Communities (TFDCC) held several activities like the Values Transformation Training, remedial literary classes under the Department of Education and skills training through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Various socioeconomic programs for the decommissioned combatants and their communities were also provided such as the distribution of farming and fishery assistance by the Department of Agriculture (DA), installation of water systems, facilitation of delayed birth registration of decommissioned combatants through the Philippine Statistics Authority, and conduct of Alternative Learning System (ALS).
With all the efforts of the government to achieve peace, Lisondra urged everyone to own the peace process as working for peace is always a joint effort between the government and the people.
The ASEAN community envisions a peaceful, stable and resilient community with enhanced capacity to respond effectively to challenges by 2025. Hence, the PIA along with its partner agencies step up the ASEAN awareness to educate community members on the role of the international community, its relevance and potential benefits to the people.(RTP/PIA10)