New Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community on board
Ms. Alicia Dela Rosa Bala from Philippines assumed her duty as Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) this week at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.
DSG Alicia Bala will assist the Secretary-General of ASEAN in providing leadership and managing ASCC Department covering Divisions of Culture Information; Education, Youth Training; Social Welfare, Women, Labor Migrant Workers; Environment; Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance; Health and Communicable Diseases; and Science Technology. She will oversee the operation and monitor implementation of the Charter, and the ASEC Blueprint on these fronts—and provide strategic advice to the Secretary-General in areas under her purviews.
DSG Alicia Bala, nominated by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, will serve a three-year term succeeding DSG Dato’ Misran Karmain of Malaysia. DSG Alicia Bala’s appointment was approved by ASEAN Coordinating Council through ad-referendum. Previously, she was Undersecretary for the Department of Social Welfare and Development Central Office of the Philippines (2005-2012). A graduate of the University of the Philippines and Centro Escolar University, DSG Alicia Bala specialises in social work studies.
As stated in the ASEAN Charter, the Secretary-General of ASEAN is assisted by four Deputy Secretaries-General of different nationalities from the Secretary-General and shall come from four different ASEAN Member States. Two DSGs are nominated by Member States on a rotational basis for a non-renewable term of three years while two DSGs are openly recruited based on merit for a three-year term, which may be renewed for another three years.
Click here for Ms. Alicia Dela Rosa Bala’s curriculum vitae.
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