ILOILO CITY, known for its moniker as the “City of Love,” will once again host the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be the host agency for the upcoming East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018, in cooperation with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), and the Local Government Units of Iloilo and Guimaras on November 27-30, 2018 at the Iloilo Convention Center.
Themed “25 Years of Partnership for Healthy Oceans, People and Economies: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda,” the EAS Congress is anchored on Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water, and aims to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean-based acidification.
Initial preparations for the Congress were made by the representatives from the PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with the host provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras and the city government of Iloilo. Committees were formed, venues were tackled, participants were listed, and the rest of the things needed are still ongoing for this four-day event.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu saw the need to clean the oceans to make it sustainable for the future of the next generation of Filipinos, even as he bats for the strict implementation of the Clean Water Act.
“The EAS Congress is one avenue where government heads will tackle what is best for the seas of East Asia, and that includes the Philippines. The vast ocean is the key to the future of our food security. Being an archipelago, the Philippines has a greater stake on this event,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Jim O Sampulna.
This year’s EAS Congress will feature an International Conference and Environmental Exhibit alongside other events including the Fifth EAS Youth Forum and PEMSEA Network of Local Government (PNLG) Forum which will culminate with the Sixth Ministerial Forum. Special field visits to a PEMSEA Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) site in Guimaras and the unique biodiversity of the BulabogPutian National Park in Dingle, Iloilo were also arranged.