Representatives of various sectors from the government, business sector, religious, civil society, women, and youth in Cagayan de Oro attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum held yesterday, May 10, 2017 at Mallberry Suites Hotel.

The forum was organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to raise awareness and deepen understanding of the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN this year which coincides with a historic milestones event–the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN.

Among the topics discussed were overview of ASEAN 2017, AmBisyon Natin 2040, ASEAN Trade and Investment Opportunities and Freedom of Information.

In a statement, PIA Director General Harold E. Clavite said the theme of this year’s ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings is “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World” reflects the Philippine government’s advocacy to promote unity with and among ASEAN member states and its global partners. He hopes that through the forum PIA can engage the people further and empower them and build a more informed citizenry, for a better Philippines.

ASEAN, a regional organization composed of 10 member states is founded on peace and cooperation

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photos by Kim Zaldivar

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