Nabunturan, Compostela Valley — Strengthening the mandate of an informed and empowered citizenry in the country, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region XI in partnership with the local government of Nabunturan launch the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Information Kiosks at the Mayor’s Office, Municipal Hall and Axl Dave Bibingka and Restaurant, Brgy. New Sibonga on Wednesday, June 21.
With an aim to enlighten the people in the grassroots level on the accurate and relevant information on government programs, PIA Info-kiosks feature Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials about the ASEAN and key national government agencies.
The public advocacy campaign is made more significant since the Philippines is holding this year’s chairmanship in time for the ASEAN 50th year Anniversary.
Leading the opening ceremony were PIA Regional Director Efren Elbanbuena, Mayor Chelita C. Amatong, Vice Mayor Rodel Balili, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Cheryl Trinidad, and IPMR Eric Feb Llanos.
Alongside the launching of Info-kiosks is the conduct of ASEAN Multi-Sectoral forum lead by PIA Information Officer Michael Uy at the ABC Hall.
Uy gave an in-depth discussion on the Philippines’ Chairmanship to ASEAN and the three pillars of ASEAN community: Economic Community, Socio-Cultural Community- and Political-Security Community.
Capt. Allan B. Apara from the Armed Forces of Philippines 25th Infantry Battalion was also invited to give a brief discussion on the Guidelines of Martial Law in Mindanao.
He reminded the public to always cooperate with the authorities and bring identification cards to avoid delay during check-points.
After extending gratitude to PIA and the participants, Mayor Amatong wished to collaborate with PIA once again for another round of ASEAN forum with the Barangay Captains.
SB Francis Secuya also attended the forum together with LGU department heads, and major stakeholders from youth and business sectors.(Marga Melendres/TIS Nabunturan)
PIA Regional Director Efren Elbanbuena, Vice Mayor Rodel Balili, SB Cheryl Trinidad and IPMR Eric Feb Llanos together with Green Brigade youth organization during the ASEAN forum.