3rd PH Environment Summit highlights environment protection

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Mayor Oscar Moreno and Archbishop Antonio Ledesma lead the opening of the 3rd Philippine Environmental Summit held in Grand Caprice, in Cagayan de Oro City. (Jo Ann Sablad)

CAGAYAN de Oro City hosted the third Philippine Environment Summit, which showcased programs and projects that contribute to the country's social and economic advancement while protecting the environment.

Held at the Grand Caprice Convention Center in Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City, the three-day event (February 26 to 28) has plenary sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon and carries the themes of safe food, healthy environment and sustainable economy.

"Global warming and its flip side, climate change, has starkly revealed that our current paradigm for thinking and doing is unsustainable," said Dr. Angelina Galang, president of Green Convergence.

"It is now undeniable that we must respect and return to nature's principles if we are to continue the gains of cultural evolution and to save the environment on which our lives depend," she added.

Participated by around 1,000 people from all over the country, of which 40 percent are college and senior high school students, the summit also highlights the programs of the government, local government units, communities, CSOs, business, academe, and other sectors.

The Philippine Environment Summit, with its theme: "Paradigm (re)Shift: Heeding Nature," is anchored on the premise that the technologies, as well as the social and economic systems developed through the ages, have brought about the compromised planetary environment we have today.

"Our summit proclaims the good news. We celebrate the Philippine environmental movement, and call for the Filipino people to unite in accelerating the drive towards sustainable development," Galang said.

Among the plenary speakers of the summit were Howie Severino; Federico Lopez, CEO of the Energy Development Corporation; and Mitos Urgel of the World Fair Trade Alliance Asia.


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