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Eco-Mismo Presentations Online
In a timely initiative to raise environmental awareness, the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV) is set to launch “Eco-Mismo”, a series of conferences on new and productive ways of protecting the environment through sustainable tourism development across the country.
In the first leg of Eco-Mismo to be held in Manila on October 8, World Wildlife Fund Philippines Vice Chairman Lorenzo Tan is set to deliver a presentation on the dire effects of changes to global temperatures and precipitation, entitled “The Challenges of Climate Change and Tourism”.
A landmark road show project by RPDEV Chairman and former president Fidel V. Ramos, Eco-Mismo comes in the wake of Typhoon Ondoy, which triggered the most devastating flood in the capital over the past 40 years. According to experts, the Ondoy phenomenon ran in line with an observed abnormal pattern of unusually extreme weather conditions likely to prevail should climate change remain unaddressed.
With the theme “Ecotourism and Eco-Productivity: Best Practices and Challenges”, Eco-Mismo aims to help the country position itself as one of the top destinations for eco-tourism and the pioneer in eco-productivity. It is expected to bring together key players and stakeholders in the environment and tourism industry. The initiative is expected to gather more than a thousand individuals from the government, tourism industry, academe, media, church, business, and youth sectors.
The road show is slated to make major stops across key cities in the country: October 8, 2009 at the Carlos Romulo Auditorium, at RCBC Plaza in Makati City, Metro Manila; January 22, 2010 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City in Cebu Province; January 23, 2010 at the Bohol Beach Club in Panglao Island, Bohol Province; February 19, 2010 in General Santos City, South Cotabato Province; and February 20 at Isla Parilla in Alabel, Sarangani Province.
Eco-Mismo paves the way for a cross-section of industry players and multi-sectoral stakeholders to discuss problems and map out solutions on matters concerning eco-tourism, eco-productivity, and sustainable development.
The conferences will tackle specific areas that will facilitate public and private sector cooperation in streamlining eco-tourism’s strategic directions as a key contributor to the local and national economy. It seeks to promote green travel through eco-productivity -- a practical solution that pushes efficient and productive use of resources, environmental protection, and poverty eradication.
Aside from Tan, conference speakers will include former president Ramos, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano, Trade Secretary Peter Favila, and Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, as well as Asia Pacific Projects President Narzalina Lim; Cleanway Technology Corporation Chairman Herminio Esguerra; Ten Knots Development Corporation CEO Leigh Perez; and ABS CBN Foundation’s Batay Kalikasan President Regina Paz Lopez.
Each of the provincial legs of Eco-Mismo conferences will concurrently feature a One Town, One Product (OTOP) exhibit under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The OTOP is a government program to promote entreprenuership and spur job creation. Under the program, each city and municipality across the nation is to develop and promote a specific product or service that gives a competitive economic advatage to its locale.
Ultimately, Eco-Mismo hopes to provide a blueprint for tourism industry stakeholders in such areas as supply management, water resource management, energy efficiency, clean development mechanism, and solid waste management and community participation in sustainable development practices.
Eco-Mismo will be held in partnership with the Department of Tourism and with the support of the DTI and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Asia Productivity Organization – Development Academy of the Philippines and Asia Pacific Projects, Inc, in cooperation with Herma Group of Companies.
Materials from the October 8th conference are now online in this site's Download Center and in Divshare. Please copy the links given below.
(Presentations of Mr. Hermie Esguerra, Ms. Gina Lopez and Mr. Jose Lorenzo Tan)
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