President Rodrigo Duterte on July 31 signed Proclamation 282, declaring the month of August of every year as “Asean Month.”
The signing coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), as well as the Philippines’ chairmanship of the association in 2017.
The proclamation amended Proclamation 1008, Series of 1997, declaring August 7 to 13 of each year as Asean Week.
Duterte said the proclamation recognizes the “need to further promote and heighten awareness on the Asean, and instill in the minds of the Filipino people the importance, value and meaning of the Asean in achieving and maintaining regional peace and sustainable development.”
The President urged government agencies and their employees to initiate and implement programs to help generate awareness and public support in promoting the observance of Asean Month in the various offices, schools, local government units and private institutions.
The Asean was founded on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, to promote economic, social and cultural development of the region through cooperative programs, to safeguard the political and economic stability of the region and to serve as a forum for the resolution of intra-regional differences.
YMMAN JAKE M. BIACO, THE MANILA TIMES COLLEGE INTERN