Expect much longer singing before the main event.
In efforts to leave a memory to the hosting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Philippines and in hosting five meetings here, Governor Edgar Chatto has proposed issue a directive to have the ASEAN Hymn sung in the last two months of 2017 in Bohol.
During the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting at the Mansion October 30, the governor relayed how he was impressed with the Department of Education (DEPED) in making it a policy for their kids to sing the ASEAN Hymn.
The Philippines, which is among the founding nations of the ASEAN that was organized in 1967, hosted the golden anniversary of the ASEAN as the government spearheaded the information education and communication activities to popularize the ten-country bloc to the communities.
From supposedly one meeting which was scheduled in Bohol in the ASEAN 2017, the National Organizing Committee brought as much as four meetings in Bohol with one upcoming next week.
But local officials think that there is still time for Boholanos to learn more about the ASEAN.
“We will not allow the ASEAN to pass without the impact that we need,” Chatto told members of the PPOC.
In Bohol, while it has been a practice backed by a provincial ordinance to sing Bohol Hymn after singing the national anthem, and still a municipal ordinance in the towns to sing their respective hymns, the order to sing the ASEAN Hymn makes it at least three to four hymns sang before any official event in Bohol.
“In the months of November and December, we will sing the ASEAN Hymn,” he said.
He said the move is in support of the ASEAN Spirit and added that “it would be a requirement for government and a requirement for private groups.”
Along this line, the governor directed that the order be relayed to the mayors through Clarin Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines president Allen Ray Piezas, who would lead in the cascading of the directive to the towns.
The governor also asks the Department of Education and the Interior and Local Government to make available resources which the towns can tap to snowball the singing of the hymn. (PIA)