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Public Symposium: Building ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and Nation Building

24 August 2017

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The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the ASEAN Society (AS), and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), with the support of DFA- Philippine Mission to ASEAN, are co-hosting a Public Symposium on ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and Nation Building to be held in Davao City on 24 August 2017.  The Public Symposium brings the analyses and perspectives of eminent academics and government officials in the region on building ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) and nation building.


  • To have enhanced understanding of the ASCC and its interaction with national policies and development in the member countries.
  • To generate insights and recommendations on moving ASCC into 2025 and beyond.
  • To have better understanding and appreciation of, greater emotional attachment to, and deeper engagement with ASEAN and the region, along with Japan’s commitment over the years together with ASEAN.


08:00 – 08:55Registration
08:55 – 09:15Opening Remarks
Prof Hidetoshi Nishimura President, ERIA

Amb. Elizabeth Buensuceso Philippine Permanent Representative to ASEAN
09:05 – 09:15Welcome Remarks
Hon. Sara Duterte-Carpio Mayor of Davao City
09:15 – 09:45Keynote Speech
H.E. Fidel V. Ramos 
Former President, Republic of the Philippines
09:45 – 10: 00Photo Session and Coffee Break

AM Session

10:00 – 12:00

Panel Discussion: Building ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and Nation Building

Hon Alicia Bala, Chairperson, Civil Service Commission (CSC)
Amb Delia D. Albert, former Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary and Chairperson, ASEAN Society
Hon Vongthep ArthakaivalvateeASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for ASCC
Mr Larry Maramis, Senior Adviser on ASEAN, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP),  Bangkok
Usec Florita R. Villar, Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary and Chair, Senior Officials’ Meeting for the ASCC (SOCA)

Moderator:     Dr. Janet M. Lopoz,  Executive Director, Mindanao  Development Authority  (MinDa)

12:00 – 13:00Lunch

PM Session

13:00 – 14:30Concurrent Sessions

Session A What does ASEAN mean to ASEAN people?

Dr Ponciano S.  Intal Jr., Senior Economist, ERIA
Dr Sheila Siar, Director for Research Information, 
Dr Gilberto Llanto,
President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

Dr Alexander C. Chandra, Associate Fellow, Habibie Center, Jakarta
Dr Kiran Sagoo, ASEAN Secretariat
Discussant: Ms Elaine Tan, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation
Moderator: Dr. Ponciano S. Intal, Jr., Senior Economist, ERIA  

 Session B Networking, Innovation, Education, and Social Protection:  Building ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community for the Future

Dr Karndee Leopairote, Managing Director, C-ASEAN, Bangkok
Dr Federico M.  Macaranas, Professor, Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
Dr Fauziah Zen, Economist, ERIA
Discussant:  Ms Rodora T. Babaran, Director, ASCC Department                  
Moderator:   Mr Aian A. Caringal, Director, Division IV - ASCC DFA

 14:30 – 16:00Concurrent Sessions

Session C Towards a More Resilient and Sustainable ASEAN
Usec. Ricardo B. Jalad, Administrator, Office of Civil Defense and Executive Director of the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
Atty Roberto V. Oliva, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Los Banos, Laguna
Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist,  ERIA 
Discussant:    Dr Vinod Thomas, former Director-General of Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Moderator:     Dr Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit, Vice-President for Research and Social Outreach, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan

 Session D Strengthening Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP EAGA) and other Sub-regionals Towards a Stronger ASEAN Community

Mr  Alfredo Perdiguero, Director, Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division, ADB
Mr Paul Dominguez, Member of the Board of Directors, ADB
Mr Romeo Montenegro, Executive Deputy Director, MinDa
Discussant: Mr Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed, Chairman,  BIMP-EAGA Business Council          
Moderator: Dr Erlinda M. Medalla, Project Director, Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN), and Senior Research Fellow, PIDS      

 16:00 – 16:15  Coffee Break and Return to Plenary Session
 16:15– 17:15

Dr. Farish A. Noor, Associate Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Reclaiming ASEAN identity: In search of shared histories, geographies and culture towards regionalist nationalism and community building
Amb. Kazuo Sunaga, Japan’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN

Japan-ASEAN cooperation in advancing ASEAN socio-cultural community over the years

Moderator:    Ms. Amina Rasul-Bernardo, President,Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) and    Member, MinDA Board of Directors

 17:15 – 17:30 

Concluding Remarks
Dr. Gilbert Llanto, President, PIDS
Sec. Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alonto, Chairman, MinDa
Amb. Delia D.  Albert, former DFA Secretary and Chairperson, ASEAN Society



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