News Release

Statement of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on the 54th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN

We join the whole Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and our fellow member-states in commemorating our 54th Founding Anniversary.

Our forefathers’ collective vision of a shared socio-economic development, cultural and community cohesion, and regional peace and stability has never wavered, even with the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic that we have all had to endure.

Now more than ever, being united as an intergovernmental organization has never been more important. This is because ASEAN has been a vital mechanism in media, communications, and information exchanges on best practices in addressing, responding, and managing the impacts of COVID-19.

As we continue in realizing the ASEAN Communication Master Plan 2018 – 2025, may this cooperation lead to greater intergovernmental and intermedia understanding and engagements within the region, to promote the dissemination of truthful information while ending the proliferation of fake news.

We are confident that through our existing mechanisms in ASEAN, we can overcome all difficulties and challenges that come our way, especially this global health crisis.

Mabuhay ang ASEAN!