ASEAN delegates affirm strong support for priorities set under ASCC 2017

ILOILO CITY-- Delegates to the 17th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council Meeting here have affirmed their strong support for the realization of the priorities set under ASCC 2017.

"We look forward to the signing by ASEAN Leaders of the Declaration on The Role of Civil Service as Catalyst for Achieving ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in pursuit of the 2017 priorities at the 30th ASEAN Summit," the ASCC Council delegates said in a joint Ministerial Statement issued late Thursday.

They also sparked hope among migrant workers as the member states committed to support the finalization of the ASEAN instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.

The leaders further acknowledged the current progress made in the implementation of the ASCC Blueprint 2025 and development of the work plans of the various sectoral bodies of the ASCC, including cross-cutting initiatives and community building issues.

"We appreciated the progress made after one year of implementation of the ASCC Blueprint 2025 through the work of the ASCC Sectoral bodies in collaboration with dialogue and other partners with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat. We noted the development of 'A Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation of the ASCC Blueprint 2025'," the leaders said.

Meanwhile, they also welcomed the series of commemorative activities lined-up throughout the year by the Philippines, which chairs the ASEAN on its 50th Founding Anniversary.

The 17th ASCC Council Meeting in Iloilo City was attended by the following Ministers/Heads of Delegations: Pehin Dato Maj. Gen. (RTD) Halbi Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (Brunei Darussalam); Dr. Ith Sam Heng, Minister of Labor and Vocational Training (Cambodia); Ambassador Dr. Sujatmiko, Deputy Minister for Women and Children Protection, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (Indonesia); Mr. Savankhone Razmountry, Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism (Lao PDR); Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture (Malaysia); Madame Khin Kyi Pyar, Rector, The National University of Arts and Culture (Mandalay), Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture (Myanmar); Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (Philippines); Mr. Richard Tan Kok Tong, Senior Director, Communications and International Relations Ministry of Social and Family Development (Singapore); Maitri Inthusut, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (Thailand); Mrs. Ha Thi Minh Duc, Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (Vietnam); and ASEAN Secretary General Lee Luong Minh.

Under the ASEAN Summit, six thematic priorities are targeted to be carried out: a people-oriented and people centered ASEAN; peace and stability in the region; maritime security and cooperation; inclusive, innovation-led growth; ASEAN resiliency; and ASEAN: a model of regionalism, a global player.

Two ASEAN meetings under the ASCC pillar chaired by the DSWD were held here on March 6-9 -- the 22nd Senior Official Committee for the ASCC (SOCA) Meeting and 17th ASCC Council Meeting.

This pillar is responsible for fulfilling the aim of having a people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN that is also resilient.

It hopes to build a caring and sharing society that looks after the welfare of vulnerable people, among them the children and the elderly, women, persons with disabilities, and migrant workers.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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