BANGKOK - The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok hosted a reception on January 25 to mark the Philippine Chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017.

During the reception, Ambassador Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon introduced the theme of the Philippine Chairmanship: "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World."

Ambassador Bernardo-Aragon identified the six thematic priorities of the Philippine chairmanship. These include making a people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN; maintaining peace and stability in the region; pursuing maritime security and cooperation; advancing inclusive and innovation-led growth; strengthening ASEAN resiliency; and promoting ASEAN as a model of regionalism and as a global player.

The program featured the Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN video presentation and a cultural performance by volunteer Filipino secondary-level students, who interpreted the song "Magkakaugnay" by Mr. Joey Ayala. END

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs