THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-6 is ready for the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress at the Iloilo Convention Centre on Nov 27-30, 2018.
DENR-6 director Red Jim Sampulna, through Asst. Regional Director Jesse Vego, said that the ocean serves a huge role in food security. Thus, it “should be managed carefully and sustainably”.
Katherine Rose Aguiling, coordinator of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) Resource Facility Secretariat said that Iloilo City is the “best venue” for the congress.
The province and the city of Iloilo have initiatives in the coastal and marine management that will be covered in the congress, Aguiling said.
Iloilo is also well-secured and has the best facilities to cater to international events, she added.
This year’s congress will carry the theme “25 Years of Partnerships for Healthy Oceans, People and Economies: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda”.
Ocean Talk, which will feature a series of plenary sessions; Partnership hubs; Youth Forum and PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) Forum which will culminate in a Ministerial Forum; International Exhibition; and field visit in the island province of Guimaras are the key features of the EAS congress.
Around 1,000 stakeholders including national and local governments, the United Nations system, and other intergovernmental organizations, among others, are expected to participate.
As of Nov 13, 900 international conference delegates confirmed their attendance, Aguiling said.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu; Sec. Ernesto Pernia; Mr. Ola Algren of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Philippines; Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor; Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III are some major speakers who already confirmed attendance.
Aguiling said that the EAS Congress in the Philippines will be demonstrate the country’s efforts in sustainable coastal and ocean developments and provide an opportunity to develop new partnership initiatives with delegates from within and outside the East Asian Seas region, among others.
The Philippines last hosted the EAS Congress on Nov 23-27, 2009 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City, Metro Manila.