Friday, February 12, 2016

Pres. Aquino orders creation of National Organizing Council for Philippines' hosting of ASEAN in 2017

President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered the creation of a National Organizing Council (NOC) that will handle the country's hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year.

Administrative Order (AO) No. 48, which was signed by the Chief Executive on February 4, also prescribes the authority and functions of the ASEAN-NOC.

"There is a need to constitute a separate National Organizing Council to manage and supervise all tasks and activities related to the Philippines' hosting of the major ASEAN meetings," the Order stated.

The ASEAN-NOC is composed of the Executive Secretary and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (for the ASEAN Political Security Community) as chairpersons; the Secretaries of Trade and Industry (for the ASEAN Economic Community), Social Welfare and Development (for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community), Interior and Local Government, National Defense, and Public Works and Highways as vice chairpersons; and the Secretaries of Transportation and Communications, Tourism, Budget and Management, and Presidential Communications Operations Office as members.

The ASEAN-NOC has the authority to approve and recommend to the President a Master Plan for the Philippines’ hosting of the ASEAN in 2017, including an estimated budget for the hosting of the ASEAN meetings and necessary communication mechanisms to ensure efficient and effective coordination among member agencies; issue such administrative guidelines and instructions as may be necessary to achieve the objectives of the Order; submit periodic reports to the President throughout the duration of the ASEAN 2017 hosting; and perform any and all acts and functions as may be deemed appropriate and necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the ASEAN-NOC, the Executive Committee, and the Committees, to advance the purposes of this AO, and to ensure the successful hosting of the ASEAN in 2017.

The committees under the ASEAN-NOC are Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response; Infrastructure; Transport and Telecommunications; Tourism Hospitality, Tours, Social Events and Site Enhancement; Finance, Budget and Procurement; Business and Investment Promotion; and Media Affairs and Strategic Communications.

Funding for the ASEAN-NOC for fiscal year 2016 shall be charged against the general fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs, in accordance with the general provisions of the FY 2016 General Appropriations Act, Republic Act. No. 10717.

The country's hosting of the ASEAN in 2017 will coincide with the ASEAN's 50th founding anniversary.

The Philippines is one of the founding members of the ASEAN and a signatory to the ASEAN Charter, which entered into force on December 15, 2008. (PCOO News Release)

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