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2007 Philippines 21 Young Leaders Forum: Roundtable Discussion on the State of the Philippine Environment

Philippines 21 Young Leaders Initiative

As the world marks Earth Day, construction of low-cost housing develops out from a former forest zone in Davao city in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on April 21, 2008. (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

As the world marks Earth Day, construction of low-cost housing develops out from a former forest zone in Davao city in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on April 21, 2008. (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Philippines 21 Young Leaders Initiative
MANILA, June 30, 2007 - The state of the Philippine environment topped the agenda of the 2007 Philippines 21 Young Leaders Forum. Organized annually by Asia Society Philippine Foundation, the forum provides an opportunity for the ten selected Fellows to meet and discuss issues of national and regional concern. Carrying the theme "Responding to the Growing Challenges of Philippine Society," the two-day conference was anchored on the country's progress report on UN Millennium Development Goals, and zeroed in on environment and population issues for the roundtable discussion.  

Julio Galvez-Tan, chair of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, gave a comprehensive overview of Philippine biodiversity statistics, noting that the country was identified by WWF as a Global 200 eco-region. Dr. Tony La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government, shared his insights on the role of governance in shaping and implementing environmental policy, particularly in the field of disaster management.The roundtable discussion was facilitated by Dr. Neric Acosta, member of the Philippines 21 Board of Advisers. A former three-term member of the House of Representatives, Acosta was the principal author and sponsor of the Clean Air Act of 1999.