Iloilo City Government will host the Ministerial Dinner Banquet for the delegates of East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress at Ker and Company Building behind City Hall Nov. 29.

The expected guests include Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh of Climate Change Service and Mining Concerns, and Ariel Yuwono, co-chair of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA).

The big meeting is being held here since Nov. 27 and study tours in neighboring Guimaras Island Nov. 30.

“We are given the responsibility to prepare for this big event and this in a way will project our city to the different delegates from around the world,” Espinosa said.

“Iloilo City has been exerting efforts to sustain the cleanliness in our coastal communities. One is cleaning the Iloilo River which was recently recognized as Galing Pook awardee. The initiatives should continue,” he said.

Coastal cleanup activities, fingerling dispersal to Iloilo River and conducting lectures to fisher folks also address the concerns to the marine resources.

“We have organized fisher folks with the help of the Department of Agriculture to give them guidelines on how important it is to take care of our seas and rivers because that is where they get their livelihood,” Espinosa said.

The member countries of EAS are Philippines, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, and Timor Leste.
The EAS Congress aims to map and align the implementation of Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) and other sub-regional and regional strategies and action places with the SDG 14 targets.

It seeks to share experiences and assess challenges in the implementation of SDS-SEA at the regional, national and local levels.
It builds on existing partnerships and achievements and promotes new initiatives, investments and partnerships to boost the achievement of national, regional and global targets for sustainable development of oceans and coasts.

It also tracks blue economy development and growth across the region by launching of national, sub-regional and regional State of Oceans and Coasts Reports.

It likewise contributes to the planning and development of ocean investment facility to leverage increased public and private sector investments in ocean-based blue economy development and growth. (John Michael Ramos/Iloilo City PIO)

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