The Civil Service Commission (CSC), through Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 06 s.2016: Awareness Campaign in support of ASEAN Community 2015 and the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017, enjoins heads of agencies to help spread awareness on ASEAN by, among others, participating in the information campaign and the conduct of programs and activites towards this end, including the following:
- Posting of the enclosed materials on ASEAN in their respective agency websites.
- Display of ASEAN Community banners.
- Inclusion of the singing of the ASEAN Anthem in the flag ceremony of the month. Agencies are further reminded to observe existing laws and rules on the hoisting and display of the national flag. Considering that most office buildings have only one flag pole which is used for the Philippine Flag, heads of offices are advised to use indoor Philippine and ASEAN flags attached to similar poles with a base for the flag ceremony. The ASEAN flag shall be displayed on the right side of the Philippine Flag (from the audience’ perspective).
- Sharing of information on ASEAN (e.g. updates on ASEAN-related activities, trivia, informative videos, etc.) during such flag-raising ceremony and other employee fora to help raise awareness among their officials and staff. Additional information materials on ASEAN may be secured from the ASEAN website. Department of Foreign Affairs (Office of ASEAN Affairs), the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through its attached agencies the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS), and the People’s Television Network (PTV).
In addition, government officials and employees are encouraged to wear ASEAN-inspired attire, coinciding with the conduct of the flag-raising ceremony mentioned above.