President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has created an inter-agency Task
Force that will work for the Senate concurrence on the ratification of
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Charter.
The President signed Administrative Order No. 229 last June 18, 2009
to expedite the ratification by the Senate in concurrence with
Executive Order No. 459, series of 1997, "providing for the guidelines
in the negotiation of international agreements and its ratification."
"There is a need to create a Task Force composed of different
government agencies, which will be tasked to put forward to the Senate
the benefits, advantages and opportunities to the Philippines of an
ASEAN Charter," the AO read.
The ASEAN Charter gives a legal personality to the Association
composed of 10 nations: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao
PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam,
as a single inter-governmental organization.
The Task Force will be composed or representatives from the following
• Department of Foreign Affairs (Chair)
• Department of Trade and Industry
• Department of Justice
• Department of National Defense
• Department of Labor and Employment
• Office of the Solicitor General
• National Economic and Development Authority
• National Security Council
• National-Anti-Poverty Commission
The Task Force will, among others, coordinate with other agencies of
government in securing information required for Senate concurrence in
the ratification of the ASEAN Charter; organize the resource documents
pertinent to the Senate hearings on the ASEAN Charter; attend the
hearings on the ASEAN Charter in the Philippine Senate; and, perform
such other functions as may be directed by the President.