Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Alicia Bala has been appointed as deputy secretary general the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat for three years.

In a news release on Thursday, the DSWD said Bala, DSWD Undersecretary of Operations and Programs Group, will hold her ASEAN post  from September 8, 2012 to September 7, 2015.
“Undersecretary Bala was chosen because of her extensive knowledge and commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, particularly children, through leadership, advocacy, policy and program development, negotiation skills and integrity beyond reproach,” the DSWD said.
Before being appointed to the ASEAN post, Bala served as Philippine representative for children to the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).
She previously headed the DSWD’s Policy and Programs Group of the DSWD, and was the National Project Director of the DSWD’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
Bala also represented the DSWD in various international conferences on children.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said they will miss Bala for temporarily leaving the DSWD.
However, Soliman said “we are proud that a DSWD official was appointed to this prestigious post.”
Soliman also said they expect Bala to promote social protection in the entire ASEAN region. – VVP, GMA News