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08 September 2015

2nd Subic Environmental Summit eyes trash-free seas

Environment advocates will once again gather in this Freeport on Friday, September 11, for the 2nd Environmental Summit to follow through efforts in solving the problem of garbage in oceans and waterways.

With the theme, “Taking steps towards trash-free seas,” this year’s summit to be held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center will be the second of the series, which brought together some 1,400 delegates last year.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia said awareness on environment issues is well-ingrained among stakeholders of Subic Freeport who are always at the forefront of coastal environment protection.

“Not only is the Subic Bay community aware of these issues, but takes it even further by trying to change behaviors that cause pollution through proper education,” Garcia said.

“Subic stakeholders also help create a lifestyle that advocates a sustainable coastal environment,” he added.

The summit is expected to help establish the ICC as a lifestyle and integrate it with community building activities; educate the public with the current environmental situation and policies; provide workshops that will enhance skills and knowledge for citizen action; and create “Eco Warriors” in schools in order to raise environment leaders among the
youth.

The summit follows in the steps of International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Philippines, which is now on its 22nd year.

ICC happens every third Saturday of September, with participants of half a million people in 91 countries turning the tide on trash and addressing solutions on this global threat.

This year, the organizers of ICC Zambales have partnered with the ICC Philippines for the 2ndEnvironmental Summit.

A co-presenter of the Environmental Summit is the Office of the President’s National Coast Watch Council Secretariat. It will be moderated by Jesse Pascasio, the council’s Director for Strategic Planning and Communications.

Notable guests include Matthias Gelber (Greenmanspeaks.com), co-founder of Maleki GmbH, a German company specializing in high performance, low carbon footprint construction materials; and Undersecretary Jose Luis Alano of the Office of the President’s National Coast Watch Council Secretariat.

The 2nd Environmental Summit in Subic Bay is presented by ICC Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, IYFR Philippine Fleet, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Tourism, Subic Bay Chamber of Commerce and Subic Bay Hotels, Attractions and Tourism Stakeholders Visitors Board, in partnership with the National Coast Watch Council, Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation, and the SBMA.

This event is supported by the Province of Zambales, City of Olongapo, Office of the Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, Ocean Conservancy, Zero Carbon Resorts, Earth Day Network Philippines, Harbor Point Ayala Malls, Subic Sailing, North Luzon Expressway, Department of Education, PLDT Subictel and IGate. (RBB/MPD-SBMA)

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