Sunday, June 26, 2016

2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition - Environmental Summit 2016

By being prepared is the solution for being vulnerable, by following our environmental laws.
The 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition - 2016 Environmental Summit was held at the Megatrade Hall 1 & 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City last June 21-24, 2016, with the theme, “Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Waste Management.”  This event was held in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government units (LGUs). The four-day summit and exhibition showcased the programs and projects aimed to reduce air, land, and water pollution, and the ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Senator Loren Legarda, a notable environmental advocate and author/co-author of several environmental laws in the country, graced the event as the keynote speaker. Other distinguished guests and officials from DENR, selected members of traditional media and online media participated in the opening ceremony. 
"Ang isa sa pinakamayaman sa mundo the center of the center of bio diversity in the world. Ang ating karagatan sa may batangas, mindoro, marinduque ang syang pinakamayamang coral reefs kun saan ang bahay ng isdang kinakain sa rehiyon na iyon at sa iba't ibang lugar. At ang ating kabundukan ay napakamayaman din sa bio diversity pero bakit tayo mahirap kasi tayo ay isa sa top 3 sa pinakaprone sa bio hazzard. Hindi natin mapapalitan yon because we are situated in an area that is vulnerable, we are one of the most vulnerable nations in the world yet we are one of the richest in the world." - Senator Loren Legarda
  • - Ecological Solid Waste Management Law
  • - Clean Air Act
  • - Clean Water Act
  • - Environmental Awareness and Education Law
  • - Renewable Energy Law Act
  • - Climate Change Act
  • - Dissaster Risk Reduction and Management Act
  • - People's Survival Fund Law

“I am sure visitors will find this most instructive, fruitful, and truly worthwhile. I commend the organizers, exhibitors, and sponsors of this exhibition. Let us strengthen our shared responsibility in integrated waste management. Only collaboration and greater public awareness and support can effectively address the challenge posed by improper waste management and environmental pollution.”~DENR Secretary Ramon Paje
DENR Assistant Secretary, Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, also encouraged students from different schools and universities to attend the said summit so that they will become environmentally aware about waste management at a young age. He said, “Let’s start them young.”

Environmental advocates and educators discussed during the summit emerging technologies and new inventions to address and manage today’s important environmental concerns,  specifically solid waste, water quality, air quality and hazardous waste and toxic substances. To address these concerns, 
“We need to build and strengthen mechanism of partnership and collaborations among government, LGUs, non-government organizations, business and industry, sectoral organizations and organized local communities and raise public awareness on the need to protect our environment, reduce emissions and manage waste at source, and adopt 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) towards mitigating global warming and climate change,” ~EMB-National Capital Region Director Minda Osorio
Another highlight of the exhibition was the fashion show during the opening ceremony

Models walked in the runway wearing the fabulous indigenous and recycled creations of some of the talented fashion designers from the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP).  Ms. Digna Rosales, President of FDAP, was also present during the said event. 

The 2016 Environmental Summit was managed by Artistespace, which specializes from planning to executing events and digital marketing solutions. 
For more information about 2016 Environmental Summit, visit their official website, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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