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 Legard, a notable environmental advocate and author/co-author of several environmental laws in the country, graced the event as the keynote speaker at the 2016 Envonmental Summit : "We are living in a world with finite resources and yet generations have lived over the centuries like there is no tomorrow.
Our natural environment has been compromised. Our biological diversity has been significantly reduced and the general health of our environment is conceded to the greed of some. Our ecosystems have been altered more rapidly in the name of development; but the poor have remained poor and their numbers are increasing notwithstanding the emergence of megacities and the increasing GDPs of nations. This only underscores the need to establish accountability for environmental issues.
Other distinguished guests and officials from DENR, selected members of traditional media and online media participated in the opening ceremony.
Meanwhile, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje also gave a speech and urged everyone to see the exhibition. He said “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 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,” said by the EMB-National Capital Region Director Minda Osorio.
Another highlight of this 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.
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