Davao City to host global meet on political, economic issues

Subscribe Now January 03, 2013 at 10:48pm

The country’s premier southern seaport is set to host a global discussion on critical issues like the impact of Occupy Wall Street on global indebtedness and poverty, and climate change that have severe environmental impacts on poor nations. The organizing group, called Mission, said the upcoming Liwanag World Festival on Creativity and Sustainability 2013 would be graced with the community leaders of civil-society organizations, such as Seth Jordan, co-founder and co-initiator of Think Outward and Occupy Wall Street; Gina Lopez, executive director of ABS-CBN Foundation; and Maria Ressa, journalist and chief executive officer of Rappler.

Jordan will talk on global impact and message of the Occupy Wall Street Movement; Lopez on “Mobilizing Business to Defend Nature;” and Ressa on “The Strategic Importance of Independent Media in Sustainable Societies.”

Among the founders of Mission, or Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies through Initiatives, Organizing and Networking, was Nicanor Perlas, a former Presidential candidate in the 2010 elections.

In a statement sent by e-mail to reporters, Mission said the Liwanag World Festival “builds upon the outstanding achievements and reputation of the first two national Karangalan conferences held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2005 and 2006. Karangalan highlighted the global and national achievements of Filipinos in many areas of life.”

The event is set for Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2013, at the Philippine Women’s College in Davao, with an expected attendance of 5,000 participants, including foreign visitors.

The Liwanag Festival would discuss a wide range of issues such as climate change, poverty, conflict, unequal distribution of wealth, lack of access to quality and responsive education, lack of livelihood opportunities, inadequate shelter, poor physiological and psychological health, unsustainable development practices, cultural decline, apathy, cynicism, and more.

Organizers said they chose this city of 1.445 million residents for its trailblazing ordinances and initiatives, such as the Gender Development Code, Children Welfare Code, Firecracker Ban, No Smoking Ordinance, and its 911 emergency system.

The other scheduled speakers are geologist Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay, oceanographer Dr. Laura David and environmental scientist Dr. Cora Claudio to talk on “Climate Change and its Impact on Humanity.” The three were members of the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nations Service (TOWNS) Team on Climate Change.

Tony Meloto, founder of Gawad Kalinga-Center for Social Innovation, will speak on “Reinventing Philippine Agriculture through Social Enterprise,” Surallah town Mayor Romulo Solivio, and sculptor Kublai Millan, to share their experience on government and civil-society partnerships for the “Rebirth of Culture.

Also invited were government and private leaders of Bayawan City of Negros Oriental, to share on “Character First: The Liwanag Anchor of Bayawan City’s Journey to Sustainability.”

Bayawan City is a member of the International Association of Character Cities and certified by the Department of Health as “Healthy City” in the Philippines. The city was also recently recognized by the Asian Institute of Management city as “one of the Top 10 Best Cities to Live in in the Philippines [Small Cities Category]” during the Competitive Cities Survey in 2007.

Also supporting the Liwanag World Festival are the City of Davao and Lifebank Foundation Inc., a microfinance institution. The event was launched in August 18, 2012, during the Kadayawan Festival here.

Source: businessmirror.com.ph

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