LAOAG CITY, March 13 (PIA) – The Philippines’ hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year is momentous as it coincides with the Association’s golden anniversary.

With its mandate to provide on the ground information initiatives, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), as part of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, slated various information initiatives to inform the people on what ASEAN is and its impact.

In Ilocos Region, promotional activities for ASEAN formally kicked off in Ilocos Norte through PIA Region 1’s launching of information kiosks at the Laoag International Airport and the conduct of youth forum at the Northwestern University, both in this city on March 9 and 10, respectively.

The two initial events of the Agency were graced by PIA Deputy Director General Gregorio Angelo Villar.

In his message, Villar urged the people to become government’s partner in promoting ASEAN and by extending support to PIA-initiated activities.

“The office (PIA) is mandated to bring government programs, policies, programs, services, and information closer to the people, so they could avail what the government is offering,” he stressed.

Not only did he share the mandate of PIA but emphasized on what it means to be part of the ASEAN community.

“For this year, since we all know that we are hosting the ASEAN, our office is also taking initiative of informing the Filipinos that we are not only citizens of our country but we are also citizens of the region, of ASEAN and of the world,” Villar said.

The info kiosks are established at the arrival and departure areas of the Laoag International Airport for the passengers, both local and tourists, to access informational materials from government agencies such as brochures, pamphlets, magazines, among others.

On one hand, the student participants on the youth forum are shared with insights on the projects and vision the government is offering to them.

This year’s ASEAN Summit has the theme, “Partnering for change, engaging the world.”

“Let’s continue not only being partners for change but partners in communicating the change that we want for our country,” Villar said. (JNPD/MJTB/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)