The Armed Forces of the Philippines held its first Climate Change Summit at the AFP Theatre and Museum in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City on December 7, 2015.
The summit, themed “Strengthening the Ecosystem of Solutions on Climate Change Action,” aims to discuss the possible solutions in addressing climate change. It will be spearheaded by the Civil Relations Service (CRS) of the AFP.
Major General Joselito E. Kakilala, Civil Relations Service (CRS) Commander said: “The Philippines is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. With impacts ranging from extreme weather events and periodic inundation to droughts and food scarcity, climate change has been a constant reality. While Filipinos have yet to face impending consequences of this issue, which has emerged as a new threat that the Armed Forces of the Philippines has to deal with, Climate Change should be tackled seriously in order to prepare the organization.”
Around 1,300 participants coming from the different sectors of the society such as the government agencies, civil society organizations, and private institutions are expected to take part in the said event.
Major Michael T. Aquino, Media and Civil Affairs Group Commander CRS AFP said, “If there is one vital issue that Filipinos should tackle, it is climatecChange. It is already here and we should be addressing it now for our future generations,”
In line with this, the organizers not only aspire to promote awareness and establish possible solutions, but also intend to institutionalize the roles of these sectors in addressing climate change.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines believes that a strategic, multi-stakeholder approach is the best framework to ensure that the summit achieves its goals, thus, the main aim of the event is for every Filipino citizen to be one with nature.
The AFP Climate Change Summit is co-presented by Smart Communications Inc., Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil-Military Operations School, and DWDD Katropa Radio 1134kHz.
Event sponsors include SKYJET Airlines, Dr. Ron Ibanez and Dra. Lailani Espinola-Morales Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine, Azalea Hotels and Residencies, Kata Digital, Mito’s Place Hotel and Restaurant, Nurture Wellness Village, Bali Village Hotel, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Event organization partners include the Philippine Press Institute, National Defense College of the Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, United States Agency for International Development, Climate Change Commission Philippines, National Youth Commisiion, Ardent Communications Inc., Hero Foundation, Combined Special Outreach Group, and Teach Peace Build Peace Movement.
Media partners include Rappler.com, MoveOn.ph, Spice.ph, techTV.ph, and GreaterPhilippines.com.
AFP Climate Change Summit official hashtags: #AFPClimateChange #OWNPH #OneWithNature.