President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to attend the environmental summit slated here in Davao City Thursday, August 4.
The event is spearheaded by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez and will be held at the Ateneo de Davao University.
President Duterte is set to arrive at the venue around three in the afternoon and will be received by Fr. Joel Tabora, President of Ateneo de Davao University, and Sec. Lopez. Duterte would also deliver his speech during the event.
The two day summit aims to discuss with stakeholders possible solutions to the most pressing environmental problems facing Mindanao today. Lopez said that the summit and the workshop aim to engage the stakeholders and involve them in the implementation of programs and projects of the department, especially for Mindanao.
The DENR has partnered with the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) for the environmental summit. Some 4,000 participants, particularly from the academe, civil society and other stakeholders from across Mindanao’s six regions, are expected to attend the event.
The forum, to be facilitated by AdDU President Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, will allow civil society organizations (CSO) to present their concerns and recommendations to the new DENR chief, who is expected to provide her initial feedback.
The two dialogue-forums will be followed by the turnover of the Mindanao Environmental Agenda to Lopez, and the commissioning of all participants as ecological warriors or simply “eco-warriors.”
On the second day, some 200 selected CSO representatives will be oriented on the major programs of the DENR. These would serve as the basis for the workshop’s breakout sessions, in preparing action plans to address issues, and coming up with relevant programs and policies.