Unavoidable Asean 2015: The crucial imperatives-A A +A
Meet the Countryside
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
THE Philippine government has committed to the ASEAN Economic Community 2015. Thus, it was imperative that we should have built our capacities to compete in a liberalized world. But, except for the few professions, the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) signed by Asean Economic Ministers on 15 December 1995 was taken for granted.
So, what happens in 2015? Foreign engineers, nurses, architects, surveyors, hotel and restaurant and tourism professionals, accountants, doctors, veterinarians, and dentists can now practice as well as establish their businesses here in the country.
Yes, aside from the free flow of trade, industries and production, the roughly 20 years and five rounds of negotiations resulted in seven packages of commitments on free flow of business, professional services, construction, distribution, education, environmental, healthcare, maritime transport, telecommunications, and tourism services.
In particular, among professional services, this consists the liberalization and removal of barriers in licensing and or certification of professional services provider and suppliers in education or experience obtained, requirements met, or licenses or certification granted for the purpose in the form of a mutual recognition arrangement in engineering; nursing; architecture and surveying; tourism professionals; accountancy; medical, including veterinary medicine; and dentistry.
In recognizing the imperatives of free trade and services, the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Unit 10 (DA-RFU10), and the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association-Northern Mindanao (PVMA-NM) chapter with the various industry associations, established the preceding structures of the Southern Mindanao Meat and Livestock Show and Rodeo (SPMLS & Rodeo).
Businesses and corporations, NGOs and NGAs have been participating since then: Malaybalay Stock Farm; Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives; Large Animal Raisers Association-Mindanao (LARA); Misamis Oriental Goat and Sheep Raisers Association (MOGSRA); Cagayan de Oro and Catanico Horsemen Association; Cagayan de Oro Kennel Club, Inc.; Mantianak Nature Park; Oro Bird Club; and Misamis Oriental Ornamental Fishes Association, etc.
The original SPMLS & Rodeo collaboration was forged by Governor Oscar Moreno, DA-RFU/10 RED Rufo Chan, and PVMA-NM President Dr. Maysie Batinga. Chairman of the Project Committee was Dr. Al Ramosa in 2005, 2007 and 2008; Dr. Viralou Tuquib in 2010; and Dr. Kharinine Escasinas in 2011. The underlying drive of the SPMLS and Rodeo was advancing livestock and local agriculture. In showcasing the country’s challenges and comparative advantages in a world of free trade and services -- and model some farms with better incomes, the SPMLS & Rodeo has set the standards for genetic improvement in accessing new markets -- and to be able to compete.
In the motivation to provide essential professional values, e.g. competency, professionalism and altruism; sharing knowledge and lending a helping hand for a greater cause; appreciating and recognizing a good job rather than financial rewards; and, finally, the axiom of “pursuing excellence for the fun of it,” we see the veterinary profession competing well with its ASEAN counterparts.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 02, 2013.