THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is all set for the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit (PES) which convenes mostly college and senior high school students aimed at promoting sound environmental practices toward sustainable development.
To be held in Cagayan de Oro City next month, PES 2020 is a three-day event that gives DENR “golden opportunity” to encourage the youth to become powerful agents of change for the environment.
Apart from the students, the summit organized by the DENR and Green Convergence Philippines with the support of Forest Foundation Philippine and Energy Development Corp. will also serve as venue for leaders from the government, civil society, business, academe and the religious sector to present programs and projects for the environment.
The DENR delegation will be led by Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Juan Miguel T. Cuna, who anticipated at least 1,000 participants for the summit, 40 percent of which will be college and senior high school students.
“This means we can shape the mindset of these young individuals about environmental protection,” Cuna said.
He added that the summit will also serve as an avenue to further strengthen the linkages and collaboration among environmental stakeholders.
Green Convergence Philippines president Angelina Galang said this year’s theme “Paradigm (re) Shift: Heeding Nature” is anchored on the premise that “the technologies, as well as the social and economic systems humankind has developed through the ages, have brought about the compromised planetary environment we have today.”