By Franklin P. Gumapon

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 16 (PIA) – As the country is hosting this year’s meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 has apprised the members of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (RLECC)-10 of the preparations and activities in support of ASEAN 2017.

Local Government Operations Officer Ellaine Josephine C. Basco of DILG-10 presented to RLECC members in a meeting yesterday that the DILG is a member of the ASEAN National Organizing Council and serves as the chair of the Committee on Security, Peace and Order and Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR).

To drum up public awareness on the ASEAN, Basco said, the DILG supports the conduct of roadshows and school tours to discuss it with the students. It also seeks to engage the civil societies to help spread ASEAN with emphasis on the benefits the member-countries may derive from it such as assistance in times of disaster, containing maritime piracy, environmental protection and preservation, peace and stability, more tourists, more investments, more jobs and many others.

ASEAN, which was founded on August 8, 1967, is built on three pillars: Asean Political-Security Community, Asean Socio-Cultural Community and Asean Economic Community.

“As a bloc, Asean has become the country’s largest trading partner, now accounting for 20.6 percent,” former Economic Secretary Cielito F. Habito said.

As chair and host of ASEAN 2017, the government negotiators are pushing for increasing trade and investment, integrating micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) into the global value chains, and developing an innovation-led economy. (FPGumapon)