ASEAN Perspectives

A National Artist’s view of ASEAN integration

  For this episode of ASEAN in Focus,  we have interviewed national artist, Dr. Virgilio Almario.  Dr. Almario currently serves as the chairman of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), the government agency mandated to promote and standardize the use of the Filipino language. Virgilio Almario, known for his pen name Rio Alma, is a Filipino artist, poet, critic, translator, editor, teacher, and cultural manager.  He is also a political scientist and educator.  He completed […]

Are the Philippine Civil Servants Ready for the ASEAN Integration?

(ENS) — Human resource development and capacity building is one of the areas of cooperation identified in the ASEAN integration 2015.  Just how ready are the Philippine civil servants for the upcoming regional integration next year? In this episode of ASEAN in Focus, Director Ma. Luisa “Liza” Salonga-Agamata, Director IV of the Civil Service Commission’s Public Assistance and Information office, tackles the various programs being done by the Civil Service Commission to prepare the country’s […]

The Need to Inform the Public about the ASEAN Organization: An insider’s look into the ASEAN Secretariat

Many people in the Philippines and even in the ASEAN region still lack awareness about the ASEAN organization itself, although this was established way back 1967. Liza Makinano, a former senior officer of the ASEAN Secretariat, gives an insider’s look into the ASEAN organization and the ASEAN Secretariat . Makinano served as a senior officer of the Executive Support Division of the Office of the Secretary-General, and also served as senior officer of the Security […]

Are Philippine academic institutions ready for ASEAN integration? (Part 2)

  University of the Philippines Vice-President for Public Affairs Dr. Prospero De Vera continues to tackle the issue of the preparedness of the country’s academic institutions for the ASEAN integration next year. De Vera said the ASEAN integration in 2015 should not be feared by Philippine academic institutions.  He also discussed the present advantages that present academic institutions have and the rethinking that has to be done to make Philippine higher educational institutions more competitive […]

Informing the Public about the ASEAN organization

Many people still lack awareness about the ASEAN organization itself and its purposes.  In fact there has been a report that citizens of ASEAN member nations generally don’t know much about or are uninterested in the regional grouping even as the 2015 ASEAN integration nears.  A study released by the ASEAN secretariat also found that three out of four people “lack a basic understanding” of what ASEAN is and what it is striving to do. […]

Addressing administrative corruption in preparation for the ASEAN Integration

In this episode of ASEAN in Focus, Director Liza Agamata, Director IV of the Civil Service Commission’s Public Assistance and Information office, tackles the issue of combating administrative corruption in preparation for the ASEAN integration. How ready are the Philippine civil servants for the ASEAN integration given this perceived corruption in some of their ranks?  In this episode, Agamata talks about the role of the Civil Service Commission in addressing corruption in the government’s administrative […]

Are our academic Institutions ready for the ASEAN Integration?

Based on the 2014 ranking of top universities in Asia, National University of Singapore is at the no. 1 spot (with a score of 100%).  Ranking no. 7 is another university from Singapore, the Nanyang Technological University. Sadly, only one university from the Philippines made it to the top 100 list.  This is the University of the Philippines (UP) with a rank of 63 (and a score of 60.7).  Ateneo de Manila University was ranked […]