3rd Philippine Environment Summit held in Cagayan de Oro

The 3rd Philippine Environment Summit with the theme “Paradigm (re)Shift: Heeding Nature” showcases programs and projects that contribute to the country’s social and economic advancement while protecting the environment and its natural resources.

This year’s summit is held at Grand Caprice in Cagayan de Oro City from February 26 to 29, 2020. Organized by Green Convergence and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with support from the Energy Development Corporation, Forest Foundation Philippines, Foundation for Philippine Environment, and other partners in government, business, academe, and other sectors.

The biennial Summit is unique to most fora on the environment that present the dire state of our planet for it recognizes the valiant efforts of many Filipinos who are taking positive steps to counter the destruction.

The opening salvo of the summit started with Mr. Joey Ayala’s performance of his original songs such as Karaniwang Tao, Agila, and Magka-ugnay.
Mayor Oscar Moreno expressed his gratitude to the organizing body for choosing Cagayan de Oro as the host for this year’s summit. Mayor Moreno also shared the best practices and initiatives of the LGU and partner agencies in implementing the ‘No Single-Use Plastic’ and sustainable ways to protect the environment.
Most Reverend Antonio J. Ledesma, the Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, welcomed the delegates citing the church’s doctrines about being stewards of God’s gift and some keynotes from Pope Francis’ Luadato Si.
Angelina Galang, Ph. D., President of Green Convergence declares “we celebrate the Philippine Environmental Movement, and call for the Filipino people to unite in accelerating the drive towards sustainable development.”

A line up of talks by key speakers in all fields such as agriculture, education, youth movement, indigenous group, and many others.

Plenary speakers include Howie Severino of GMA 7, Federico Lopez (CEO of the Energy Development Corporation), San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, and Mitos Urgel of the World Fair Trade Alliance Asia.

On behalf of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, the summit’s keynote speaker DENR Undersecretary for Policy Planning and International Affairs Juan Miguel Cuna expressed grateful partnership with Green Convergences in “continuing the campaign for safe food, healthy environment, and sustainable economy.”

Mr. Cuna was also grateful to the participants in “responding positively to the call for unity and urge to reach out to others – in your communities, organizations, and schools” to do sustainable practices and care for the environment.

Hosting of the summit is rotated among the three major island groups of the country. The first summit was held in Luzon in 2016 while the 2018 is in Visayas. In 2020 is the third and first summit to be held in Mindanao.

The 3-day summit carries the themes of Safe Food, Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Economy. Each day has plenary sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon. There are around 1000 participants from all over the country have attended.

The 3rd Philippine Environment Summit is supported by the Energy Development Corporation, the Forest Foundation Philippines, the Foundation for Philippine Environment, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

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