PI Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr. Speaks to the 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference

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Guam – Undersecretary for Operations for the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr., this morning addressed attendees at the 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference (PIEC).

The PIEC is being hosted by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) at the Hyatt Regency Guam this week.

Ignacio is the presiding officer of the Pollution and Adjudication Board of the Philippines as well as the presidieng officer of the Philippines National Water Resources Board. He serves as the head of the Philippine Delegation to Multilateral Environment Agreements.

The focus of his presentation was efforts in the Philippines to balance the pressure of population and environmental pressures with the need to sustain natural resources for the future. His presentation will be uploaded later this week to Guam EPA’s Youtube channel.

“The PIEC is highlighting some very critical issues for Pacific islands including water quality, solid waste management and energy solutions,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “We thank the Undersecretary for taking the time to come to Guam and give us his perspective on dealing with some of these issues on a larger scale.” 

[Undersecretary for Operations for the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr., (fourth from left) poses with directors and managers from environmental agencies from Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the CNMI and American Samoa. Ignacio was the first keynote speaker at Thursday’s Pacific Islands Environment Conference at the Hyatt Regency Guam.]

The conference concludes at 5 p.m. Friday, June 28.]The three-day PIEC began yesterday at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. It is happening at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon.  The theme of the conference is, “Reduce. Balance. Enhance.”

During the PIEC, Guam EPA’s office hours have been altered. The Agency will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 27 and Friday June 28.

Presentations from the conference can be found online at http://www.issuu.com/guamepa