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CHED to celebrate ASEAN-themed 23rd Anniversary

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education is set to celebrate its 23rd anniversary in line with the Philippine hosting of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) 50th Anniversary.
Freddie Bernal, CHED 7 regional director, said the theme for this year’s anniversary is “Harmony in Diversity Connecting with the ASEAN Community” on May 15 to 17 in Cebu City.
“It is but timely to have the ASEAN themed anniversary of CHED because we are making sure our colleges and universities are prepared for the ASEAN integration,” Bernal said.
The main guest of the opening day is Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Kissinger Reyes.
PCOO is tasked to massively promote the country’s hosting of ASEAN 2017.
CHED-7 also partnered with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Cebu for the local ASEAN activities during the anniversary celebration.
There will be a motorcade at 1:00 pm by partner agencies PIA, Cebu City Government, Sinulog Foundation, and the different colleges and universities in Cebu along the SM Seaside at the South Road Properties (SRP).
There will be an academic competition and chorale rendition on the first day.
On the second day is the ASEAN-themed dance presentations by 10 schools.
The best presentation will compete at the national level.
On the third day is the holding of the Kapihan sa PIA at the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Plenary Hall.
The Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte plays host to the different ASEAN meetings.
The Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship coincides with a historic milestone event—the 50th anniversary of the founding of the association.
According to the ASEAN 2017 website, ASEAN was founded in 1967.
It has since matured into a community focused on economic integration and growth, and consensus-building.
This is the “ASEAN Way” and it has resulted in unprecedented growth.
ASEAN is both the world’s seventh-largest market and third largest labor force, and has been projected to become the fourth largest economic bloc by 2030.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.