Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2016 Environmental Summit Stresses Importance of Waste Management

In the past few decades our country suffered devastations and calamities from natural source. It is only when the Payatas Tragedy struck that made our eyes open that this is man-made and we are to blame. Since then the government made efforts and focus on environmental problems and some of us have done our parts. Fast forward to now and we see that things have change a little. But thanks to the efforts of many concerned groups, they are calling us to take heed their call of being responsible in how we take care of our country and our planet. And this is what the 2016 Environmental Summit is all about.


Last June 21 - 24, 2016 the 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition was held at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. The environmental Summit was graced by no less than the Hon. Loren Legarda, a notable environmental advocate and author/co-author of several environmental laws in the country as well as Senate Committee Chair on Climate Change.


This year's theme is “Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Waste Management.”  It 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). 

Photo by Leah Sureta
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.

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.

For more information about 2016 Environmental Summit, visit their official website, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram

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