The Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Secretariat organized the 10th Coordinating Conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) primarily to consult and incorporate sectoral perspectives on the draft ASCC Attendant Document for the ASEAN 2025 Vision and exchange views on cross-sectoral and cross-cutting matters pertinent to the ASCC. It was held last May 20-21, 2015 at the ASEAN Hall, 704 Jalan Sisingamangaraja, Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Philippine delegates were composed of officials from different government agencies including the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) represented by Usec. Jose Marlowe S. Pedregosa, Executive Director, DDB.
H.E. Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASCC, welcomed the delegates and emphasized the significance of the launching of the ASEAN Community at the forthcoming 27th ASEAN Summit in November 2015.
During the session, the status of the implementation of the ASCC Blueprint 2009-2015 was discussed and reported to the member countries and concluded that out of the 339 Action Lines, 10 Action Lines were completed, 328 Action Lines are on-going and 1 Action Line is still pending. The said pending action line is about the establishment of an ASEAN Youth Development Index which aims to evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of youth programmes in the region and assist Member States in planning new youth interventions.
The ASCC Scorecard System Review has also been explained. According to the discussion, ASCC was accountable for the overall implementation, monitoring and assessment of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint, the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint, and the IAI Work Plan 2 that constitute the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community.
It was also reported that the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) was in the process of developing a set of economic and socio-cultural development indicators which will guide data collection and data analysis that will commence in 2016. The findings of the said development indicators will be presented in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the ASEAN.
The delegates were briefed on the progress of the development of the draft ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and Integral Document as well as consolidating of the Vision and Attendant Documents of the three (3) community pillars into an integral, coherent and consistent ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 document.
On the other hand, ERIA happily informed the representatives of 10 countries in Southeast Asia of the reduction of poverty and poverty gap, followed by the growth of middle class and the economic and socio-cultural progress made by different measures and strengthened commitments in ASEAN.
Highlight of the activity was the workshop wherein the delegates were divided into groups to discuss and exchange views on the draft ASCC Attendant Document guided by questions concerning its structure and format. Each group was given time to explain the results of their group discussion.