Contributed by Jean Ricelle A. Aquino, PIA-Bataan
BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The ASEAN Campus Forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 3 held at the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) was described as helpful and informative by a student-leader.
“I realized it’s really different when you just hear it (ASEAN) on the radio or see it on TV, compared to when it is actually explained to you,”Balangay Bayani BPSU Chapter President Marinelle Ignacio said.
The 20-year-old student leader pointed out that the forum did not only raise the awareness of the students of BPSU on the in’s and out’s of the organization, but also introduced various programs and projects which are new to the participants of the forum.
“As a senior Electronics and Communications Engineering student, the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Engineering Services caught my attention. That program gives me hope for better opportunities to improve my skills which are also safer and closer to home,” she shared.
On another note, Ignacio mentioned that she hopes more forums such as the one recently held in BPSU will be conducted, and will be as informative as the said forum has been for them.
“Not only did the forum teach me what ASEAN is for, but it also stressed in me the reality of what I am. I am not just a Filipino, but I am also an ASEAN citizen,” she added.
“As part of hyping the Philippine Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this 2017, PIA in Central Luzon will be holding campus forums in different provinces to educate and pitch support from the youth in this endeavor,” PIA Regional Director William Beltran said.
BPSU is the fifth campus it visited in Central Luzon after Tarlac State University, Central Luzon State University, Aurora State College of Technology, and Tarlac Agricultural University.
Other educational institutions to be visited this year include Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, Pampanga State Agricultural University, and Bulacan State University.