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PBBM says PH ready to host ASEAN in 2026
PBBM says PH ready to host ASEAN in 2026
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PBBM says PH ready to host ASEAN in 2026
by Christhel Cuazon06 September 2023
Photo courtesy: Presidential Communications Office (PCO)

President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. is confident that the Philippines is ready to host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2026.

Marcos made the pronouncement during his intervention in the ASEAN Summit Plenary of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

"It is my pleasure to announce that the Philippines is ready to take the helm and chair ASEAN in 2026. We will fortify the foundations of our community-building and navigate ASEAN as it embarks on a new chapter," the President said.

"We will count on the support of fellow Member States and continue to work with our partners to strengthen ASEAN Centrality, and to promote peace, security, stability, and prosperity in the region," he added.

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The country last hosted and chaired the ASEAN Summit in 2017.

During his intervention, Marcos said people should always be at the heart of the regional grouping’s community-building, highlighting the need to empower the marginalized and the vulnerable.

“We must continue to prepare our people, especially the marginalized and the vulnerable, such as the women and the persons with disabilities in business, for the digital future. The citizens of ASEAN should reskill and upskill to maintain their leading roles in our economies,” he said.

“Let us ensure that our digital infrastructure enables broad and uninterrupted access, as the provision of our public services has shifted to digital platforms.”

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Marcos noted that the ASEAN should prioritize improving access to safe and secure digital learning opportunities, fostering digital literacy, and developing transferable skills.

He likewise highlighted the importance of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to increasing production and strengthening the supply-chain resiliency, as well as bolstering the capability of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and start-ups in the digital and creative economies.

The President is currently in Jakarta, Indonesia for the ASEAN Summit until September 7.

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