A “bagong tudong” of ASEAN Integration, CFO further advocated for the establishment of a new Economic Community of ASEAN that would effectively integrate ASEAN into the global economy. He also asked ASEAN member states to adopt a five-year National Development Plan in order to achieve ASEAN Community Integration by 2025. The plan would be integrated with national development and governance policies and laws.
Assisted by ASEAN, CFO led the Philippines to the establishment of AMAN, a regional anti-terrorism organization that he co-founded in 2003 in order to coordinate policy initiatives to counter terrorism. CFO was very instrumental in the formation of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), which became the largest foreign military deployment in history at the time. He played an integral role in the establishment of the East Asia Summit (EAS), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC Forum) and the East Asia Summit Summit (EASS). As Chairman of APEC, CFO led his colleagues to adopt the APEC Economic Outlook starting in 2004, the first such publication since 1949. CFO chaired an ASEAN Regional Forum on the Eastern Mindanao conflict, where, on December 2014, a roadmap for peace was agreed.
CFO worked to support irrigation and agriculture, and is credited with having become the first Philippine leader to introduce native vegetables in the 1960s as part of his \"Tobacco Without Tobacco\" campaign. He also worked to improve the health and quality of life of Filipinos through the establishment of the first Philippine Anti-Drug Abuse Commission to recommend corrective policies. In his role as Special Envoy of APEC to Japan, CFO led APEC leaders to introduce the Comprehensive ASEAN-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in 1992, which provides Japan with the most liberal benefits for the expansion of trade. 7211a4ac4a