The Civil Service Commission Regional Office VI (CSC RO VI) joins the nation in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this August 2017.

The Regional Association of National Government Executives (RANGE) Region VI where CSC RO Director IV Rodolfo B. Encajonado serves as President, together with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) RO VI and West Visayas State University (WVSU), spearheaded the Multi-Sectoral forum on ASEAN on August 8, 2017 at the Cultural Center, WVSU, Iloilo City. Government officials and employees from various agencies as well as students and teachers from both public and private schools, some in their ASEAN-inspired costume, gathered in the forum. Said activity aimed to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of ASEAN.


The event started with the Ribbon-Cutting of the Exhibit of Traditional ASEAN Costumes at the lobby of the Cultural Center. President Luis M. Sorolla Jr. of WVSU, Director IV Janet C. Mesa of PIA RO VI, Acting Director III Cherry G. de la Cruz of CSC RO VI, and Director III Lily Freida M. Milla of the Commission on Higher Education led the Ribbon- Cutting ceremony and unveiling of exhibits.

President Sorolla welcomed the participants during the forum. Director Mesa presented the Rationale of the ASEAN Information Campaign while Information Officer II Leonard T. Pineda gave an overview of ASEAN. On the other hand, Director Milla tackled “Insights on the Intervention Involving Education and Research Institutions through ASEAN Education Programme.”  Ms. Ken Queenie Cuñada, Division Chief, Department of Trade and Industry RO VI, discussed the Philippine MSMEs in the ASEAN Community. Acting Director III de la Cruz gave the Closing Remarks.

Aside from the forum, RANGE VI issued an advisory encouraging Heads of agencies and their staff to wear any ASEAN-inspired traditional costume in their respective offices on August 8 in commemoration of the ASEAN founding anniversary. PIA RO VI hosted a Photo Exhibit of the ASEAN Traditional Costumes on June 15, 2017 at the SM City Iloilo where Director IV Encajonado served as Guest Speaker.

CSC RO VI personnel also observed the wearing of the ASEAN-inspired attire and singing of the ASEAN Anthem during the first flag-raising ceremony of the month. This was followed by a sharing session/ playing of video presentation on ASEAN to promote awareness among employees.