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Presented by the Professional Regulatory Board
For Librarians at the Pre-CONSAL Convening on
“ASEAN Integration: Cross Border Mobility of
Librarians, Bangkok,
9 June 2015
Outline of the Presentation
I. Background
II. The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
I. Primary Goals
II. Characteristics and Elements
III. 2015 ASCC Priorities
IV. Philippine Advocacies in the ASEAN
V. Impact on ASEAN Librarians
Background 1/2
• Adoption of the Declaration of ASEAN
Concord II (Bali Concord II) in Bali Indonesia
on 7 October 2003 to establish the ASEAN
Community by 2020 with three pillars.
– Political and Security Community
– Economic Community
– Socio-Cultural Community
Background 2/2
• Cebu Declaration on the Acceleration of an
ASEAN Community by 2015 on 13 Jan 2007
during the 12th ASEAN Summit in in Cebu,
• Agreement to develop an ASEAN Socio-
Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint on 20th
Nov. 2007 during the 13th ASEAN Summit in
ASEAN Socio-Cultural
Community Blueprint.

Source: ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community

Blueprint. Jakarta: ASEAN Secretariat,
June 2009. <Available online at
ASCC’s Primary Goals
• To contribute to realizing a people-centered
and socially responsible ASEAN Community
with enduring solidarity and unity by forging a
common identity and building a caring and
sharing society where the well being,
livelihood and welfare of the people are
Characteristics and Elements of ASEAN
Socio-Cultural Community
• ASCC envisages the following:
A. Human Development;
B. Social Welfare and Protection;
C. Social Justice and Rights;
D. Ensuring Environmental Sustainability;
E. Building the ASEAN Identity; and
F. Narrowing the Development Gap.
A. Human Development (1/2)
• ASEAN will enhance the well-being and livelihood
of the peoples of ASEAN by providing them with
equitable access to human development
opportunities by
– promoting and investing in education and life-long
learning, human resource training and capacity
– encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship,
– promoting the use of English language, ICT and
applied science and technology in socio-economic
development activities
A. Human Development (2/2)
A.1 Advancing and prioritizing education;
A.2 Investing in human resource development
A.3 Promotion of decent work;
A.4 Promoting Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) and Science and Technology
A.5 Strengthening entrepreneur skills for women,
youth, elderly and persons with disability; and
A.6 Building civil service capability.
B. Social Welfare and Protection (1/2)
• ASEAN is committed to enhancing the well-
being and the livelihood of the peoples of
ASEAN through
– alleviating poverty;
– ensuring social welfare and protection;
– building a safe, secure and drug-free environment;
– enhancing disaster resilience; and
– addressing health development concerns.
B. Social Welfare and Protection (2/2)
B.1 Poverty alleviation
B.2 Social safety net and protection from the
negative impacts of integration and globalization
B.3 Enhancing food security and safety
B.4 Access to health care and promotion of healthy
B.5 Improving capability to control communicable
B.6 Ensuring a drug-free ASEAN
B.7 Building disaster-resilient nations and safer
C. Social Justice and Rights (1/2)
• ASEAN is committed to promoting social
justice and mainstreaming people’s rights into
its policies and all spheres of life, including the
rights and welfare of disadvantaged,
vulnerable and marginalized groups such as
women, children, the elderly, persons with
disability and migrant workers
C. Social Justice and Rights (2/2)
C.1 Promotion and protection of the rights and
welfare of women, children, the elderly, and
persons with disabilities
C.2 Protection and promotion of the rights of
migrant workers
C.3 Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility
D. Ensuring Environmental
Sustainability (1/3)
• ASEAN shall work towards achieving
sustainable development as well as promoting
clean and green environment by protecting
the natural resource base for economic and
social development including the sustainable
management and conservation of soli, water,
mineral, Energy, biodiversity, forest, coastal
and marine resources as well as the
improvement of water and air quality for the
ASEAN Region.
D. Ensuring Environmental
Sustainability (1/3)
D.1 Addressing global environmental issues
D.2Managing and preventing transboundary
environmental pollution
D.2.1 Transboundary haze pollution
D.2.2 Transboundary movement of hazardous
D3. Promoting sustainable development through
environment education and public
D. Ensuring Environmental
Sustainability (2/3)
D4. Promoting Environmentally Sound
Technology (EST)
D5. Promoting quality living standards in
ASEAN cities/urban areas
D6.Harmonizing environmental policies
and databases
D.7. Promoting the sustainable use of
coastal and marine environment
D. Ensuring Environmental
Sustainability (3/3)
D.8. Promoting Sustainable Management of
Natural Resources and Biodiversity
D9. Promoting the sustainability of forest
resources, agriculture and environment
D10. Responding to climate change and
addressing its impacts
D.11. Promoting Sustainable Forest
Management (SFM)
E. Building the ASEAN Identity
ASEAN will mainstream and promote greater
awareness and common values in the spirit of
unity and diversity at all levels of society.
E.1 Promotion of ASEAN awareness and a sense
of community
E.2 Preservation and promotion of ASEAN
cultural heritage
E.3 Promotion of cultural creativity and Industry
E.4 Engagement with the Community
F. Narrowing the Development Gap
• Strategic objectives: Strengthen cooperation
to reduce the development gap in particular
the social dimensions of development
between the ASEAN-6 and the CLMV countries
and within ASEAN where some isolated
pockets of underdevelopment persists.
ASCC 2015 Priorities
• Source: ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
(ASCC) Manila: Philippine ASCC Secretariat,
April 2015. (PowerPoint Presentation)
2015 ASCC Priorities (1/3)
• General—Adoption of the ASEAN Community
2025 Vision and attendant document
• Labour—Adoption of the ASEAN instrument
on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights
of Migrant workers
• Civil Service—Adoption of the ASEAN Joint
Statement on Post-2015 Priorities Relating to
Civil Service
2015 ASCC Priorities (2/3)
• Social Welfare and Development
– Adoption of the Regional Framework and Action
Plan to Implement the Declaration on
Strengthening Social Protection in ASEAN
– Adoption of the ASEAN Declaration on Ageing:
Empowering Older Person in ASEAN
• Health—Adoption of Declaration or Joint
Statement on Universal Health Coverage in
2015 ASCC Priorities (3/3)
• Disaster Management
– Adoption of the ASEAN Declaration on “One ASEAN,
One Response 2029 and Beyond: ASEAN responding
to Disaster as One”
– Adoption of the Declaration on Mainstreaming the
resilience of ASEAN and its Communities and Peoples
to Disaster and Climate Change
• Environment—Adoption of the ASEAN Joint
Statement on Climate Change 2015
• Sports—Adoption of the ASEAN Joint Statement
on Sports Cooperation
Philippine Advocacies
• Migrant worker’s protection
• Social protection
• Disaster Management
• Climate Change
• Biodiversity Conservation

Source: ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC)

Manila: Philippine ASCC Secretariat, April 2015.
(PowerPoint Presentation)
Impact on the ASEAN Librarians
The characteristics and elements of the ASCC
will ensure the
– Continuing development of their knowledge and
– Welfare and Protection of librarians who will work
in other ASEAN countries outside their own;
– Promotion of the ASEAN Identity to close the
cultural/language gap
– Establishment of an ASEAN standard for the
education of librarians and its practice.
• ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint.
Jakarta: ASEAN Secretariat, June 2009.
<Available online at>
• ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC)
Manila: Philippine ASCC Secretariat, April
2015. (PowerPoint Presentation)
Thank you!
• Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians,
Professional Regulation Commission,
• Address: P. Paredes Street, Sampaloc Manila.
• Website: