By: Lancer M. Asino
Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in the Philippines Mr. Eko Hartono visited the University on February 20 for a lecture on Philippine-Indonesian relations in ASEAN at AVR 3.
Consul General Hortono talked about the ASEAN Integration and its significance in the region, BIMP-EAGA as a sub-regional cooperation of ASEAN, Philippine-Indonesia bilateral relations including the state visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, signed agreements, and the apparent challenges in the said integration.
He spoke about the essentiality of connectivity in all areas of interests between Indonesia and the Philippines and the prospects of the two states – political relations and geographic proximity including natural and human resources, with the over-arching ASEAN and BIMP-EAGA regional cooperation.
He likewise encouraged the Liceans to participate in the discussions of ASEAN Integration and the BIMP–EAGA regional cooperation and understand all the issues concerning the relationship between the Philippines and Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Ms. Angelie Azcuna, coordinator of the International Studies program of Liceo U, said that “the lack of thorough connectivity succumbs to our lack of understanding and familiarity between our two nations despite the fact that we have evident similarities in history, culture, and geographic endowments.”
At present, Dr. Fe S. Tolibas, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is coordinating with the Office of the Indonesian Consulate for a faculty and student exchange program in any schools or universities in Indonesia.
The visit of Consul General Horton was spearheaded by the College of Arts and Sciences, through the Juniors of International Studies and Political Science students, in line with the Rodelsa Lecture Series and University’s 60th Founding Anniversary.