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For International Delegates: Travel Info

Airport

Conference speakers that will be arriving at the Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, please take the exit at letter M gate where our representative is waiting for you with your name on a piece of paper.  The representative will accompany you to your hotel at City State Tower Hotel, 1315 A. Mabini St., corner Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila—approximately 30 minutes away from the airport.

For those with Philippine Airlines tickets, you will be arriving at the Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.  Another representative will wait and accompany you to Citystate  as well.

For departures, please leave the hotel 3 hours prior your departure time.

On your way to Puerto Princesa City, Mother Earth representatives will meet you at the airport.  For those with Zest Air tickets, please proceed to Old Domestic Airport while those with Cebu Pacific tickets, proceed to Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport and those with Philippine Airline tickets, proceed to domestic departure area of Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Once you have arrived at Puerto Princesa City, Mother Earth representatives will assist you until you have settled into your respective hotels.

In case of emergencies, please call Archie Abellar at +63 2 925-3829 or +63 919 225 3262 in Manila; or Miko Aliño at +63 2 922 845 6242 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Currency

  • The currency in the Philippines is peso.
  • Bank notes: 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 pesos.

1USD = 46.51 pesos
1Euro = 69.15 pesos

  • All major credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops. E.g. American Express, Mastercard and Visa.
  • ATM machines are available anywhere in Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa City.

Banking hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Weather

The Philippines is a tropical country.  Since it is November, we have clear bright sunny days, and there is tendency for warm and humid day time.  But it is cool during night time.  As of November 14, there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine area of responsibility.

Temperature: In November, 22°C to 33°C

What to Wear

Light clothing is ideal especially if you want to venture outdoors.  At night it gets chilly due to gust out of North East Monsoon.

During the conference, smart casual must be fine.  You may bring a shawl or summer jacket because it might get colder inside the conference venue.

Transportation

In Manila, taxi is always available in front of your hotel.  All taxicabs have air-conditioning and flag down rate is Php 30.00.  However, Php 60.00 for Yellow Cab Fleet and it has reliable meter counter and air-conditioning.  These are ubiquitous at international airport.

If you want to roam around Metro Manila, you may ride a bus, jeepney and Metro train.  They are more efficient for sight seeing and to witness local colors.

During the conference, the venue, Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, is a few minutes jeepney or tricycle ride from your hotel.

Electricity

The current here is 220 volts.  If you have round and prolonged plugs, make sure to bring an adaptor.

Internet

Wi-fi internet connections are available in Turisimo Inn and Asturias Hotel.  Please ask hotel personnel for assistance.

Eco-tours

The conference will be capped with an eco-tour to St. Paul Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.  It is one of the nominees for 7 New Wonders of Nature.  There are also site-visits to various materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in the city of Puerto Princesa.

Optional eco-tours will also be available such as in Honda Bay (island hopping), Dos Palmas (snorkeling) and the Puerto Princesa City Tour.

Note:  While enjoying the scenic beauty of Puerto Princesa, make sure to bring sun block lotion and bug spray for a comfortable and fantastic stay in the eco-tourism capital of the Philippines.

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About Puerto Princesa

Visit http://puertoprincesa.ph/index.php?page=gi for more information about Puerto Princesa, geography, climate, the Subterranean River and the Honda Bay Islands.

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Conference Program – Final

There were several changes made in the course of the program. Click on the link to download the latest program for the 6th Zero Waste International Conference. Thank you.

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Zero-waste initiative gains momentum in Puerto Princesa

Published on Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph)

Zero-waste initiative in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan has gained its momentum with the compliance of 90 percent of its barangays having at least one materials recovery facility (MRF), a requirement under the provisions of the Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001.

In partnership with Mother Earth Foundation (MEF), Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn instituted environmentally-sound projects, such as ensuring that only residual wastes are discarded in the landfill.

Five months after the implementation of the project, MEF said of the total 66 barangays in Puerto Princesa City, only one has no existing MRF to date from 10 percent prior to the partnership.

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Experts To Share Zero Waste Solutions In Puerto Princesa

MANILA – Mother Earth Foundation and the Zero Waste International Alliance, together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Solid Waste Management Commission and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, will host the 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum from November 18 to 21, 2009. Local and international government officials and representatives from businesses, schools and non-government organizations are expected to participate in the conference, which carries the theme “Zero Waste Solutions in the Face of Climate, Chemical and Financial Crises.”

The International Dialogue aims to promote zero waste programs, which are described as the fastest and most cost effective ways that local governments can contribute to reducing climate change, protect health, create green jobs and promote local sustainability. Zero waste, by definition, is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Government officials and resource management experts have been invited to provide a detailed discussion on the proposed framework.

Among the confirmed panelists and speakers were Paul Connett (Professor of Chemistry, St Lawrence University, New York, USA), Rick Anthony (California Resource Recovery Association, USA), Shibu Nair (Thanal, India), Gerry Gillespie (New South Wales Department of Environment & Conservation, Australia), Mal Williams (Cylch – Wales Community Recycling Network), Paolo Guarnaccia (Terre di Sicilia, Italy), Rossano Ercolini (ZW Italian Network) and Muna Lakhani (Zero Waste in Africa).

Local speakers from the Philippines include Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose Atienza, National Solid Waste Management Commission Executive Director Gerardo Calderon, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn, Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri, Los Baños Mayor Caesar P. Perez, Sto. Tomas (Davao del Norte) Mayor Maximo M. Estela, Northern Samar Governor Raul A. Daza, Ramon Magsaysay awardee Tony Oposa Jr., Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives Co-coordinator  and EcoWaste Coalition President Manny Calonzo, Sr. Arcelita Sarnillo, SPC and Altavas Municipal Agriculturist Mila Andrade.

Mother Earth Foundation is a non-government organization of men and women from the Philippines who seek to raise the level of public awareness on environmental issues and mobilize people to act positively on the resolution of these issues.

The Zero Waste International Alliance is a global zero waste movement promoting positive alternatives to landfill and incineration and raising community awareness about the social and economic benefits of waste as a valuable resource for employment and business opportunity.

Contact Information

Miko Aliño
Conference Coordinator, Mother Earth Foundation
Phone: +63 2 9253829

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Puerto Princesa City To Host Zero Waste International Conference

MANILA – Puerto Princesa City will play host this November to one of the biggest international conferences on zero waste practices. The 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue, which will run from November 18 to 21, 2009, is expected to draw at least 500 government officials and representatives from non-government organizations, schools and businesses. The international conference will focus on zero waste programs, which are regarded as the fastest and most cost effective ways that local governments can contribute to reducing climate change, protect health, create green jobs and promote local sustainability.

The 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue will kick off with a welcome reception on November 18 hosted by Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn. Plenary and skill share sessions will fill the schedule for November 19 and 20, with speakers from local government units, as well as local and international organizations and businesses, presenting zero waste problems, strategies and models. Some of the plenary topics include eco parks, corporate initiatives, extended producers responsibility and zero waste in local governance.

The participants are also expected to draft a Zero Waste Declaration, which will be submitted to Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Sec. Heherson T. Alvarez. Alvarez will head the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

In culmination of the conference, Puerto Princesa City, through the Office of the Mayor, will tour the participants to selected barangay-level Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), which are part of the city’s efforts to implement a citywide Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) program. In addition, the host city will treat its guests to a picnic lunch at the 7 New Wonders of Nature finalist Puerto Princesa City Subterranean River National Park.

The conference is organized by Mother Earth Foundation and the Zero Waste International Alliance, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Solid Waste Management Commission and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines as co-convenors.

Mother Earth Foundation is a non-government organization of men and women from the Philippines who seek to raise the level of public awareness on environmental issues and mobilize people to act positively on the resolution of these issues.

The Zero Waste International Alliance is a global zero waste movement promoting positive alternatives to landfill and incineration and raising community awareness about the social and economic benefits of waste as a valuable resource for employment and business opportunity.

Contact Information

Miko Aliño
Conference Coordinator, Mother Earth Foundation
Phone: +63 2 925382

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Conference Overview

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Zero waste programs are the fastest and most cost effective ways that local governments, institutions and businesses can contribute to reducing climate change, protect health, create green jobs and promote local sustainability. Many governments and communities have adopted such strategies, recognizing the potential of local initiatives in tackling environmental crises. Despite these efforts, we are still far from fully mounting a serious challenge to unsustainable waste management practices that lead to even bigger disasters such as those brought by climate change.

Mother Earth Foundation and the Zero Waste International Alliance, with the National Solid Waste Management Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines as co-convenors, will host the 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue from November 18 to 21, 2009. The annual event, which will be held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum in Palawan, will gather government officials and representatives from non-government organizations and academic institutions. The Dialogue is supported by government organizations and non-profit groups such as the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), the Eco Waste Coalition and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).

The 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue carries an overarching theme, “Zero Waste Solutions in the Face of Climate, Chemical and Financial Crises,” to illustrate the huge potential of zero waste solution in averting these crises through careful measures presented in plenary and skills-share sessions. Likewise, the conference is divided into three discussion topics: Zero Waste as a Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Measure; Zero Waste as a Tool for Chemical Safety; and Zero Waste as a Job and Livelihood Solution. In addition, the discussion will cover issues on obstacles to achieving zero waste, dumpsite closure, extended producer responsibility and model ecological solid waste management practices, among others. To culminate the conference, eco-tours will cover trips to Puerto Princesa City’s barangay-level materials recovery facilities and tourist destinations such as the Puerto Princesa City Subterranean River National Park, Honda Bay, the Iwahig Penal Colony and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center.

Among the panelists and speakers are Dr. Paul Connett (Professor of Chemistry, St Lawrence University, New York, USA), Rick Anthony (California Resource Recovery Association, USA), Shibu Nair (Thanal, India), Mark Gorrell (Urban Ore), Nancy Gorrell (Community Conservation Centers), Gerry Gillespie (New South Wales Department of Environment & Conservation, Australia), Mal Williams (Cylch – Wales Community Recycling Network), Rossano Ercolini (ZW Italian Network), Paolo Guarnaccia (Terre di Sicilia, Italy), Muna Lakhani (Zero Waste Institute in Africa) and Maxine Narburgh (Bright Green, UK).

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