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ABOUT RTB 28
The National Government through the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) is set to offer the 28th Tranche of Retail Treasury Bonds (RTB 28) this August 2022. RTBs are part of the government’s savings mobilization program designed to make government securities accessible to retail investors and promote financial literacy in the country. The RTB 28 is a 5.5-year, low-risk, fixed-income investment that will provide interest on a quarterly basis. Proceeds from the issuance will be directed to the country’s emergency, recovery, and resiliency funds to support the country following the effects brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022 National History Month
The Philippine Embassy in Japan and Sentro Rizal – Tokyo join the nation in the celebration of National History Month. The theme for the 2022 National History Month celebration is “Kasaysayan, Kamalayan, Kaunlaran” (History, Consciousness, Development).
According to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the “theme invites the Filipino people to look at history as a means of achieving social and economic development by learning its lessons.” More information about Philippine History is available at the NHCP website at https://nhcp.gov.ph/
ASEAN Fantastic Women in Japan
Ten (10) women who are playing active roles in Japan represented each member of the ASEAN region which includes Ms. Sarah Wong Seow Chui from Brunei Darussalam, Ms. Eng Kimpheng from Cambodia, Ms. Calista Chang from Indonesia, Ms. Sinthana Chounramany from Lao PDR, Ms. Zunita Ramli from Malaysia, Ms. Phyu Phyu Thet from Myanmar, Ms. Beverly from the Philippines, Ms. Oh Xuemin from Singapore, Ms. Ubonthip Sethtasakko from Thailand, and Ms. Doan Le Hai from Vietnam.
10 August 2022 – The ASEAN-Japan Centre’s (AJC) program featuring “ASEAN Fantastic Women in Japan” is now available as a special supplement at the Japan Times website.
The program takes a closer look at ten (10) women from ASEAN countries who are active in Japan, and the videos aim to create awareness about opportunities for ASEAN women in making a professional career in Japan.
Ms. Beverly Caimen, named top new artist in Japan’s 2017 RecoChoku Awards, is the Philippines’ representative to this program.
The supplement may be accessed through: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/2022/08/08/special-supplements/women-asean-following-dreams-japan/
while the episode on Ms. Beverly is available below:
FILIPINO ENTRY WON AS OFFICIAL CATCHPHRASE FOR “THE 50TH YEAR OF ASEAN-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION”
04 August 2022 – The official logo and catchphrase for “The 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation” were jointly announced by Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and Japan at the ASEAN-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Out of the 393 logo design and 620 catchphrase entries from the 10 ASEAN Member States and Japan, the logo designed by Tanabe Masaya (Japan) and catchphrase created by Marlon Villones Guerrero (The Philippines) have been selected as winners by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and Permanent Representatives to ASEAN from the ASEAN Member States in Jakarta.
“The Philippines considers Japan as one of ASEAN’s most important partners. As we celebrate the golden anniversary of this relationship, we are deeply honored that the Japanese side has chosen a tagline written by a Filipino to characterize the future of the ASEAN-Japan partnership: the next fifty years and beyond, full of golden opportunities,” Chargé d’Affaires Robespierre L. Bolivar remarked.
According to Mr. Guerrero, the catchphrase “Golden Friendship, Golden Opportunities” was inspired by his home province, Camarines Norte, which is known for its historic gold town, Paracale, and has been dubbed “The Land of Gold and Golden Opportunities”. Explaining the idea behind the winning catchphrase, Mr. Guerrero said that “Golden Friendship” marks 50 years of friendship between neighboring nations, while “Golden Opportunities” represents how ASEAN and Japan look forward to another 50 years of friendship and cooperation, including in our concerted efforts to recover from the effects of the COVID19 pandemic.
Throughout 2023, several commemorative events and exchange programs are scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation.