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PHL sees ASEAN as a region of prosperity and stability

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The Philippines looks forward to a developed and peaceful ASEAN that will translate into more prosperity and stability for the rest of the world.

”That is how we see ASEAN's value in the international community,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario said in his message on Monday during the celebration of the 44th Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held at the Department of Foreign Affairs' Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini.

Del Rosario said the ASEAN has set its goals and is determined to reach them.

"Indeed, we have already set in motion our concerted efforts toward the attainment of an ASEAN Community by 2015 -- 600 million people working together toward one vision, one identity, one caring and sharing community,” he stressed.

He said while the ASEAN is composed only of 10 independent nations, the member countries have a strong sense of a shared past, and an even stronger sense of a shared future.

”This unity is very special. There is a robust spirit of mutual concern which drives us to help each other develop and cooperate with each other to achieve the maximum good for all the peoples of ASEAN,” he added.

A parade of ASEAN colors highlighted the event led by del Rosario with the Ambassadors of the ASEAN Embassies in Manila -- Brunei Ambassador Malai Halimah Yussof, Cambodian Ambassador Hos Sereythonh, Indonesian Ambassador Kristiarto Legowo, Lao Ambassador Malayvieng Sakonhninhom, Malaysian Ambassador Dato' Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, Myanmar Ambassador U Aung Khin Soe, Singaporean Ambassador A. Selverajah, Thai Ambassador Prasas Prasasvinitchai, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tu, and ASEAN Director-General for the Philippines and DFA Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Victoria S. Batacan.

"On this day, the ASEAN flag will fly not only here in the Philippines or in your respective countries in Southeast Asia, but also in the countries where Member States have diplomatic and consular missions, in the countries of our Dialogue Partners, and in ASEAN Member States' permanent missions in the various United Nations headquarters in the world," del Rosario said.

He added ”By this time next year, the second phase of the program to fly the ASEAN flag in more countries will be completed. We look forward to an even stronger ASEAN, with its flag flying proudly in more countries.”

The ASEAN anthem called "The ASEAN Way, an expression of ASEAN unity and reinforces the sense of ASEAN identity and belonging among the people of the region, was performed by the DFA Chorale.

This was the first time the ASEAN Member States and their diplomatic posts and missions raised the ASEAN flag at their premises.

With the participation of the ASEAN Member States' missions, the flag was flown all across the world. It showed the unity of ASEAN in establishing the ASEAN Community in 2015.

ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration (also known as the ASEAN Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on January 8, 1984, Vietnam on July 28, 1995, Laos and Myanmar on July 23, 1997, and Cambodia on April 30, 1999, making up what is today the 10 member-states of the ASEAN. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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