USTP Presidential Assistant attends BIMP-EAGA Exploratory Meeting

By Ramir Philip Jones V. Sonsona, DA, PAEA Communication Coordinator, USTP System

In responding to the call set forth by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region 11, USTP System Presidential Assistant for External Affairs (PAEA), Engr. Reuel C. Pallugna represented the USTP as one of the delegates during the Exploratory Meeting on the Planned Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Philippine HEIs Network. The activity was held on June 9–10, 2023, at the Park Inn by Radisson, Davao City.

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Representatives from the various sectors like CHED, MinDA, BARMM, and HEIs from MINSUPALA areas are documented in this image.

During this meeting, Engr. Pallugna participated in the discussions focused on the Planned BIMP-EAGA Philippine Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Network. Among the event highlights are the promotion of educational opportunities and knowledge exchange within the member nations. Another important aspect that was recognized during the event is the crucial role of HEIs in attaining economic progress and the development of initiatives that expand access to quality education; all of these would aim at institutional linkage and enhance the cross-border internationalization efforts of the members of this cooperation.

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Engr. Pallugna shares his ideas and thoughts with the other participants.

The exploratory meeting gathered educators, stakeholders, and professionals not only from HEIs but also from various Philippine government agencies. In her welcome address, CHED 11 Regional Director Dr. Maricar R. Casquejo applauded the participants’ dedication and commitment to further advancing education and advocating cooperation, thereby promoting sustainable development in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region as a whole.

The BIMP-EAGA came into existence to expand development, generate balanced and inclusive growth, and contribute to regional economic integration in the ASEAN Economic Community. These can be attained by easing the movement of people, goods, and services across borders, making the best use of infrastructure and natural resources, and taking advantage of economic complementation. The cooperation initiative started in 1994.

“It was truly a productive experience and such an honor to represent our university with this kind of involvement,” Engr. Pallugna expressed about the event. “Being invited with such kind of opportunity gives the privilege to our university to actualize its trifocal function in instruction, research, and extension through collaboration.”

Engr. Pallugna also added that these kinds of must-attend events will commence collaborations not only within the country but across the globe that are deemed beneficial to the University, as we aim to be a globally recognized S&T University.

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As part of USTP’s commitment to BIMP-EAGA, Engr. Pallugna affixes his support to this important collaboration.

This BIMP-EAGA network is a major Philippine contribution under the Socio-Cultural and Education (SCE) Pillar of the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 and became a success with the contributions coming from the CHED International Affair Staff (IAS) and the CHED MIMAROPA.

In this regard, the USTP System is looking forward to contributing to the aforementioned goals above and further attaining collaboration with ASEAN countries that would enhance the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the areas of 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 16 (Peace and Strong Institutions), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).