The Philippines as ASEAN Chair: Priorities and Initiatives | A Public Lecture

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The UP Asian Center will be holding a public lecture, The Philippines as ASEAN Chair: Priorities and Initiatives, on 28 July 2017, 2 pm to 4 pm, Seminar Room, UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served. Participants are encouraged toregister online.


The Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017 coincides with the association’s 50th anniversary, a milestone event. The Philippines’ Chairmanship theme is “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. As ASEAN Chair, the Philippines is guided by six (6) thematic priorities, namely, (1) a People-Oriented and People-Centered ASEAN; (2) Peace and Stability in the Region; (3) Maritime Security and Cooperation; (4) Inclusive, Innovation-led Growth; (5) ASEAN’s Resiliency; and (6) ASEAN: A Model of Regionalism, a Global Player. In line with the six thematic priorities, the Philippines pursues advocacies and initiatives that will help realize ASEAN’s Community Vision 2025 of a rules-based, people-oriented and people-centered community with shared prosperity, where our peoples enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms, and a higher quality of life.


Currently a Career Minister at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Zaldy Patron has been the Executive Director of the DFA-Office of ASEAN Affairs since February 2016.  In this capacity, he assists the Assistant Secretary in promoting and managing the Philippines’ interests and advocacies in ASEAN. He coordinates with the ASEAN-National Organizing Council on the substantive agenda and other activities related to the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017; helps oversee the Philippines’ participation in ASEAN Summits, ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and Senior Officials’ Meetings; and serves as Senior Assistant to the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). From November 2014 to June 2015, he was a Senior Special Assistant to the Office of the Director General for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) National Organizing Council under the Office of the President, and was DFA-ASEAN Director for the Summitries Division from June 2015 to June 2016.


This lecture is the fourth lecture in the ASEAN Ambassador Lecture Series of the UP Asian Center, which was launched last March 2017 with an inaugural lecture featuring Indonesia, that was then followed by Indonesia, Timor Leste, and the Philippines. The ASEAN Ambassador Lecture Series will run from March 2017 to November 2017. Ambassadors in Manila of various ASEAN member states (or their representatives) will be invited to deliver a public lecture where they will speak about their respective countries’ role and relations in and with ASEAN. The lecture series aims to help build public awareness of ASEAN within the Philippines, especially in light of the Philippines’ chairmanship of the organization and its 50th anniversary in 2017.


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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.

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