Bunye: 110 million people living well within the limits of the planet
At the recently concluded 2021 Philippine Conference, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (JAZA), Chairman of the Ayala Group, could not overemphasize the need for collective unity and commitment to address societal issues in the future. national recovery. Beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, he said, we must intervene not only on climate change, but also on issues of inclusiveness and equality.
JAZA was a speaker during a speaker at the stimulating 5-day conference sponsored by think tank Stratbase ADR. This year’s event brought together environmental actors from government, the private sector, the international community and civil society to discuss “whole of society” actions for a green and sustainable recovery.
“No company or industry, however large and vigorous, can do it alone and support these recovery efforts. However, taken together and working together, individual contributions, no matter how small, can build critical mass and lasting momentum.
JAZA recounted how the Covid-19 pandemic has provided the business sector with a unique opportunity to work with each other and with the government. He described the Ugnayan Project as one of those giant collaborative efforts where 270 private companies quickly came together to raise funds to distribute food aid to more than 14 million vulnerable Filipinos.
The private sector has also built biomolecular laboratories, hospitals and isolation facilities while actively participating in the immunization program – both in the purchase of vaccines and the actual inoculations.
But the private sector can certainly do more. “The social contract of private companies must go beyond philanthropy and corporate social responsibility actions. We must also seek to orient and pivot our business purpose, our portfolios, our practices within them to help solve the main problems of the company.
We must “adapt to changing consumer and market conditions and provide increasingly equitable access to quality basic services. Only if our entire ecosystem thrives can we continue to contribute to society by creating jobs, manufacturing and selling products and services, paying taxes, and continuing to attract investors and provide us with sustainable capital. “
JAZA spoke about climate change and other sustainability issues. “Climate change is here and action is imperative. However, I would like to add that the devastating impact of climate change is only one of a larger set of challenges in the area of sustainability. Like many other like-minded partners and peers, we see sustainability through a broader lens covering not only climate change, but also inclusiveness and equality.
“In many areas, the pandemic has deepened the inequalities already present in our society. Tackling challenges in these areas directly is the only way to have lasting impact in its broadest and most inclusive sense. Again in this area, unprecedented collaboration is demanded of us. The private sector, government and civil society, both locally and globally. We all have to work together. “
JAZA ended by citing the Vision 2050 framework of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) of which the Ayala Group is a member. “In the frame, the WBCSD elegantly captures what lasting impact should be in its various facets.
“Nine billion people live well within the confines of the planet. For us in the Philippines, that means “One hundred and ten million people living well within the confines of the planet.”
Manny Pacquiao now a museum object
The great boxer Manny Pacquiao has been enshrined in the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hong Kong. The realistic, life-size image of Pacquiao is set in a boxing ring and features actual clothing used by the retired boxing legend.
Pacquiao is the 10th athletic champion thus honored. The list includes David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Yao Ming, Tiger Woods, Ronaldinho, and Stephen Curry. He is the second Filipino to join the museum, the first being the former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.
Muntinlupa Town Demonstration Farm
Muntinlupa Local Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Extension Services Bureau (DA-ESO), launched the City Demo Farm, the first intensive hydroponics system operated by LGU in Metro Manila .
The town’s demonstration farm has an edible landscaping area with organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and medicinal plants. It also has a seedling nursery, mushroom house, SNAP hydroponics and NFT hydroponics.
The construction of the landscaping was carried out in partnership with the edible landscaping team of the UPLB. The installation of SNAP Hydroponics was carried out in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the “Gulayan sa Pamayanan Program”.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi led the inauguration of the Muntinlupa Town Demonstration Farm located at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Brgy. Tunasan on November 11. He was joined by the municipal administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela, Vice Mayor Temy Simundac, DA-ESO Head Malou Lobo, Rotaract Club Director Dra. Teresita Filoteo, the leaders of the parish of Notre-Dame-des-Abandoned, the head of the CRPS Lize Conde and the owner of the mini-farm Adriano Nars Adriano, among others.
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