The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) launched the ASEAN information Kiosk at Clark International Airport on March 28, 2017 with the theme “Partnering for change. Engaging the world.” This event is in preparation for the 50th ASEAN Summit on November 2017, at Clark, Pampanga.
Regional Director of PIA Region III, William L. Beltran said that the PIA is embarking on a nationwide campaign to promote ASEAN. The information kiosk inside CIAC is a way to raise awareness on what is ASEAN, what is the relevance, what is the impact, and what is the importance of being part of the ASEAN community. He also explained that the presence of the campaign is just not because the Philippines is the chairman of the upcoming ASEAN Summit this year, but as well raise the awareness of the Filipinos about the importance of ASEAN to everyday life. He also emphasized on the goal of the country to embrace ASEAN as an extended family.
PIA Deputy Director General Gregorio Angelo Villar stated that there is only 29% of the whole ASEAN population who were aware of what is ASEAN. Not only will they have Kiosk, but they will also have the Eco Caravan, the multi sectoral Forums, and bring the essential information about ASEAN closer to the citizens.The Kiosk not only shows the relevance, importance and impact, but also the previous projects of ASEAN. The Kiosk in Clark Airport is one of the 12 Kiosk in the country.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was headed by CIAC President Alexander Caugurian, and PIA Deputy General Director Gregorio Angelo Villar.
The launching was attended by representatives from TESDA, Philippine National Police (PNP), Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Office of Civil Defense, National and Historical Commission of the Philippines, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), NEDA and their partners from the Bangko Central ng Pilipinas, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and guests from Nayong Pilipino Cultural Performers.