ILOILO CITY-- An evaluation and monitoring framework was adopted by the 17th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council Wednesday to determine how members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are implementing the ASEAN Blueprint 2025.
"It has been proposed by the ASEAN Secretariat. I think it's a good move to make the outcomes and outputs discernible. It's a new step to make ASEAN more efficient," said Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who is also the chair of the 17th ASCC Council.
The ASEAN Blueprint 2025, where the ASCC is included, is geared towards "economically integrated ASEAN Region," she explained at the sidelights of the meeting held at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) here.
Taguiwalo said that on the plus side, the economic integration will pave the way for the opening of more markets for ASEAN products.
Mangoes from Guimaras, in citing the case of the Philippines, are very expensive in Singapore, she said.
However, it also has its downside such as market exclusion and inequality implementation of justice among citizens, among others, she explained.
She added that there is a lot of plans and programs of action for the ASEAN, hence there is already that need to monitor their implementation and how they "translate into prosperity, freedom and inclusion for the people of the ASEAN."
The ASEAN Blueprint 2025 is being carried out by 15 sectoral groups. Their compliance is based on outcome documents and the documents are products of consensus, she added.
Source: Philippines News Agency