The Civil Service Commission Regional Office VI (CSC RO VI) supports the initiatives of the CSC to promote awareness on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community 2015 and the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017.

 

As early as 2013, the CSC issued Memorandum Circular No. 16 encouraging government agencies to promote ASEAN awareness through the regular display of the ASEAN flag in government offices beginning August 2013 in celebration of the ASEAN Week. Through CSC Memorandum Circular No. 16, s. 2014 and CSC Memorandum Circular No. 10, s. 2015, agencies were enjoined to participate in a nationwide simultaneous flag-raising ceremony led by the Department of Foreign Affairs in commemoration of ASEAN Day.

ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Philippines is one of the founding members that signed the ASEAN Declaration together with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. On January 7, 1984, Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN followed by Vietnam on July 28, 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on July 23, 1997. Cambodia joined the association on April 30, 1999.

During the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN, the ASEAN Vision 2020 was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders. They agreed on a shared vision of ASEAN as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward-looking, living in peace, stability, and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.

The Philippines serves as Chair of ASEAN for 2017 with the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” As part of the awareness campaign, the CSC issued Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2016 enjoining heads of agencies to participate in the information campaign and conduct programs and activities such as the posting of the ASEAN IEC materials in their agency’s website, displaying of the ASEAN Community Banner, singing of the ASEAN Anthem in the first flag ceremony of the month and hoisting/ displaying of ASEAN flag, and sharing of information on ASEAN during said flag-raising ceremony and other employee fora. CSC Field Offices were directed to encourage agency compliance and submit the compliance (monitoring) report to the CSC Regional Office, for submission to the Commission, on or before the end of a semester, beginning June 2016 until December 2017.

On the other hand, the CSC issued Memorandum Circular No. 7, s. 2017 reminding heads of offices of their compliance with CSC Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2016 and encouraging them to take the information campaign further through measures that would heighten awareness of ASEAN, such as the posting of the ASEAN 2017 streamers/banners in conspicuous places within the agency premises, playing of the theme song, “ASEAN Spirit” during agency events and activities, wearing of the national attire of any ASEAN Member State during flag-raising ceremony and in activities of the agency requiring formal attire, and conducting appropriate activities to commemorate the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN that will involve agency officials and employees, its stakeholders and clients.

CSC RO VI Director IV Rodolfo B. Encajonado, who also serves as President of the Regional Association of National Government Executives (RANGE) Region VI, actively supported the ASEAN awareness campaign. RANGE VI spearheaded the Multi-Sector Forum on ASEAN on August 8, 2017 in Iloilo City. The activity was held in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) RO VI and West Visayas State University. The PIA RO VI also opened to the public their exhibit of ASEAN traditional costumes during the forum. Heads of agencies and their staff who were unable to attend the event were encouraged to wear any ASEAN-inspired traditional costume in their respective offices on August 8 in commemoration of the ASEAN founding anniversary.

For more information on ASEAN, please visit their website www.asean.org.