DepEd, schools celebrate ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, bolster community awareness

September 29, 2017

PASIG CITY, September 29, 2017 – In line with its goal to raise awareness on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community, the Department of Education (DepEd) enjoined all schools to commemorate the ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary on August 8, concurrent with the country’s chairmanship in 2017.
The month of August bustled with various events promoting ASEAN integration, as it was declared by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the “ASEAN Month” through Proclamation No. 282.
From August to September, public and private schools all throughout the country, as well as the division and regional offices of DepEd, carried out activities anchored on the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” including poster and video making, essay and slogan writing, extemporaneous speech, speech choir, film showing, food festival, lesson integration, and quiz bee, pursuant to the memorandum dated July 19, 2017 from Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq., Assistant Secretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnership Service, and School Sports.
Among the noteworthy observances were the ASEAN Food and Travel Expo spearheaded by Western Bicutan National High School in Taguig City, and the ASEAN Fashion Festival held at Agripino Manalo National High School in Pateros.
The food festival in Uwisan Elementary School in Calamba, Laguna, Sta. Barbara Central School, and the Schools Division of Urdaneta in Pangasinan, showcased the various cuisines of ASEAN countries.
Presentations featuring the culture of member countries were also carried out by schools including Malitlit Elementary School in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Maronong Elementary School in Pangasinan, Palitod Elementary School in Mountain Province, and the schools of DepEd Bicol.
ASEAN information and updates were also discussed over the local radio programs on education of DepEd Region V, wherein two schools – Gallanosa National High School and Pilar National Comprehensive High School – are set to produce a theater play funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) as part of the ASEAN celebrations.
Cultural games or laro ng lahi were spearheaded by Sto. Tomas Elementary School in Ilocos Sur, and Mongilit Ligmayo National High School in Ifugao.
Several undertakings were earlier conducted in partnership with other government offices including the Philippine Information Agency which facilitated the ASEAN Campus Youth Forum and Trivia Games at Negros Oriental High School, Dumaguete City on August 18. 
Schools further took part in the grand float parade exhibiting the diverse cultures of ASEAN member countries, which was collaboratively headed by agencies such as the Department of Tourism (DOT), the NCCA, and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).
DepEd offices and schools also adhered to Civil Service Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2016 as reflected in DepEd Memorandum No. 3, s. 2017, through hoisting of ASEAN flags; posting of ASEAN information materials in print and online; singing of ASEAN anthem; and sharing of ASEAN information and updates during flag raising ceremonies, and other employee assembly, among others.
The Department is keen to continue strengthening this endeavor to instill among learners and stakeholders the key role of the ASEAN community in advancing economic growth, in social and cultural developments, and in the attainment of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.