A STRONG partnership between citizens and government is the advocacy of this year’s One Cebu Business and Sustainability Summit 2010, which is held in line with the Mandaue Business Movement (MBM).

“Aside from the 3 P’s (profit, people and planet), which sustainability summits are known for, we will focus on policy as our call to action wherein we will ask active participation for those who will join the summit and let them commit to do their share,” said Stanley Go, chairman of MBM 2010.

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The summit on Aug. 9 will have a “commit and act component” where participants sign a commitment for sustainable business.

Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) president Eric Ng Mendoza said, “We want to inspire and create solutions on socio-economic and environmental concerns that our country is experiencing today.”

The event will gather top business executives, government policy managers, education leaders and members of business support organizations. Mendoza said chambers from different parts of the country have notified them they want to join the event. Among those who want to join are the mayors of the cities of Iloilo and Dumaguete.

“We are expecting 500 participants and already half of that have committed to join the summit,” said Go.

Speakers of the summit include former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Elisea Gozun, Erramon Aboitiz, Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga Foundation, Felino Palafox Jr. of Palafox Associates, Alexander Lacson, Yolanda Villanueva-Ong of Campaigns Group and Brad Reddersen of Silicon Valley.

“There are still some speakers who might be joining the event including Rajo Laurel for the Rags2Riches Company, which helps Payatas women come up with bags made from recyclable materials,” said Go.