BACOLOD City – More or less 150 environmentalists from all over the country will converge today, Nov 14, 2017 for the National RAC Partners Meeting hosted by the Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occ.
The meeting is themed “Celebrating Connectedness Through Conservation”.
FPE, which is at the forefront of environmental conservation and protection in the country, will look back and recognize results of their work and that of their partners in the last 25 years as well as map out and calibrate the FPE National Environmental Agenda based on the national state of biodiversity and other related issues.
Local partners Negros Economic Development Foundation (NEDF), which is helping organize the event, will extend the welcome through Ramon Penalosa Jr. and Wilhelmina Gonzales of FPE’s Board of Trustees.
Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) and former Vice-chair of the FPE Board of Trustees, will give the keynote address during the opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
DENR’s Director for Biodiversity Management Bureau Dr. Mundita Lim will present the state of the Philippine Biodiversity and the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP) at 9 a.m. of Nov 15, followed by a presentation on “The Climate Crisis” by Dr. Lourdes Simpol, Chair and CEO of FPE’s Board as well as Director of the Tropical Institute for Climate Studies at the Ateneo de Davao.
Oliver Agoncillo, FPE Executive Director, will talk on Civil Society’s Contribution to NBSAP based on the organization’s experience.
Other talks will tackle Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation, on Food Security and Safety anchored on the principle that “no Filipino should go hungry” in his/her homeland; and on Water Security and Sustainability based on actual experience and best practices by partner organizations.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will host the Governor’s/Gala Night where institutional and individual FPE partners will be recognized for their contribution to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development on the second day.
Marañon will also receive a plaque of recognition from FPE and its partners for “upholding the seal of good environment governance” in the province under his leadership.
The conference will end with a manifesto of support and renewal of commitment from partner organizations to work towards environmental sustainability.