By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will attend the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia next week.
Officer in charge of the office of the press secretary, Atty. Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil pointed out that the ASEAN Summit, which is attended by the heads of state or government of the ASEAN member states, is the organization’s top policy-making body.
According to Garafil, the summit is held twice a year and acts as a forum for discussion and policy decisions on numerous events and international concerns affecting the Southeast Asian area and beyond.
The East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, and the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting with the UN Secretary-General will all take place at the same time.
According to Garafil, these associated summits will assess existing and new areas of collaboration and would allow ASEAN and its dialogue partners, including Australia, Canada, China, India, the Republic of Korea, and the USA.
Marcos is also set to meet the Filipino community in Cambodia during his visit, Garafil said.
Garafil said the chief executive is expected to “update them on the programs and policies of his administration, especially on the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of OFWs.”
The hybrid 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits were held on 26 October 2021 under the Chairmanship of Brunei Darussalam. The Summits were chaired by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and convened in accordance with the ASEAN Charter.
The hybrid 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits were held on 26 October 2021 under the Chairmanship of Brunei Darussalam, chaired by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and convened in accordance with the ASEAN Charter.