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PBBM: To promote food and energy security at the 42nd ASEAN Summit

During his attendance at the 42nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Indonesia in May, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. would advance Philippine priorities through bilateral and multilateral cooperation in several areas, a foreign affairs official said Friday.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Angelito Nayan of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of ASEAN Affairs (DFA-OAA) said during a pre-departure briefing in Malacaang that long-term food and energy security, efforts toward economic recovery, combating transnational crimes, and upgrading technical and vocational education and training are among the key issues that President Marcos will push.

According to Nayan, Marcos would also bring up concerns about the use of technology resilient to climate change and natural disasters, the switch to renewable and alternative energy sources, and the safety of migrant workers, among other things.

According to the DFA official, President Marcos is also anticipated to stress the significance of highlighting ASEAN’s regional leadership amid geopolitical concerns.

The 42nd ASEAN Summit will kick off in the morning of May 10, according to DFA spokesperson Ma. Terersita Daza.

According to the official, several interactions between ASEAN leaders and the representatives and/or delegates of pertinent ASEAN entities are scheduled for the same day as the Plenary Session.

The ASEAN leaders will also interact with the High-Level Task Force on the ASEAN Community’s Post-2025 Vision, the ASEAN Youth Representatives, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).

The ASEAN leaders are anticipated to establish a roadmap on Timor Leste’s full membership in ASEAN at the Summit after the leaders decide on the application of Timor Leste for membership at the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit in 2022, according to Daza.

Taur Matan Ruak, the prime minister of Timor Leste, is anticipated to participate at the 42nd ASEAN Summit for the first time as an observer.

The 15th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit will be held on May 11 under the auspices of Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, will also feature participation from President Marcos.

The BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 is intended to promote economic development, increase connectivity, and the sustainable management of natural resources in the sub-region, according to the DFA spokeswoman. “During this meeting, the President will discuss developments and the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025,” the spokesperson added.

After the meeting, it’s anticipated that 16 outcome documents will be released, adopted, or noted.

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, who is serving as the ASEAN chair this year, invited President Marcos to attend the summit under the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.”

The ASEAN Summit offers a forum for ASEAN leaders to debate and share viewpoints on important regional issues, forge agreements on subjects of shared interest, and set policy guidelines for ASEAN community-building activities.

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