THE National Climate and Disaster Emergency Forum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Discovery Primea Hotel in Makati.
The forum being promoted by Pitmaster Foundation headed by businessman Charlie ‘Atong’ Ang is expected to be attended by President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Kr.’s Cabinet members which include Finance Sec. Benjamin Diokno, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio Balisacan, Energy Sec. Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla, Climate Change Commission Sec. Robert Borje, and DENR Sec. Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga.
The summit will also be attended by University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Felipe Medalla.
Guest speaker will be Albay Rep. and climate police expert Joey Salceda.
Prior to the event, Pitmaster Foundation supported environmental rehabilitation efforts of the local government units of Siniloan, Laguna at Real, Quezon by giving financial, logistical at staff support for the said forum.
The forum is also sponsored by the office of Rep. Salceda, the Local Climate Change tor Adaptation and Development, 4K Foundation, Komunidad, , UP Resillience Institute ang Project Noah.
In a press statement, Pitmaster Foundation Executive Director Atty. Caroline Cruz stressed the importance of such a gathering.
“Green solutions are atop our concerns in Pitmaster Foundation. Our partners and partner communities are affected by climate issues. So, we want solutions that will both create growth and solve our climate problems,” said Cruz.
Cruz added that Pitmaster Foundation fully supports such advocacies in order to push climate policies for the Philippines, specially this concerning community adaptation and renewable energy.
“We are proud to have engaged in environmental conservation since early in our founding as a non-profit organization. This is a continuation of that commitment. With our support, we hope the climate forum will result in policy proposals and productive collaborations. We really wanted to get all the major decisionmakers together to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and find ways to solve our climate crisis,”she stressed.
Recommendations that would be agreed upon at the scheduled climate summit will be sent to the office of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. for study and to serve as basis and support for policies to be implemented by the government in the future.