The Covid-19 pandemic has caused organizers the shelving of the 2020 ASEAN Food Festival, considered the main event of the Asean month of festivities, which is August. The ASEAN Ladies Foundation Inc. assured stakeholders not to worry as the organization is “cooking” something up for them very soon.
“We know you’ll be missing the ASEAN Food Festival this year, but worry not! We are ‘cooking’ something for you really soon!” a post on its official Facebook page said. “Stay tuned! it added.
The Proclamation of the Asean Month of August was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte through Proclamation No. 282 on 31 July 2017, and intends to “promote and heighten the awareness of the Asean” and emphasize the importance of Asean’s role in “achieving and maintaining regional peace and sustainable development.”
Proclamation 282 amended the 1997 Proclamation No. 1008 that declares that August of every year would be known as “Asean Month” and the dates August 7 to 13 would be known as the “Asean Week.” Under the law, all government agencies, particularly the departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Education (DepEd), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Tourism (DOT), Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Commission on Higher Education CHED), are mandated to initiate and implement programs that would “generate awareness and public support in promoting the observance of the Asean Month.”