Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Digital Pilipinas gathers experts, stakeholders in sustainability forum

Experts from various private and public sectors have gathered to share insights on sustainability initiatives in a half-day forum organized by Digital Pilipinas and co-presented by the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG).

According to organizers, the conference, themed “SustainabilityTech for Collaborative Systems Transformation,” served as a platform for engaging discussions and collaborations.

From the public sector, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commissioner Kelvin Lee, underscored the Philippines as the leader in sustainable finance in the Asean region.

“We are continuing to move forward in this space, and there is a lot that can be done. We look forward to working with more partners and receiving as much support as we can get in this important area for the country,” Lee said. 

The official also tackled the role of sustainable finance as a driving force to achieve net-zero emissions.

“The reason we’re pushing sustainable financing is because we are aware that it is money that will move everyone in the correct direction in relation to climate change and making things green. It is through issuing particular bonds that activities of a company will become green,” Lee said.

Karla Delgado, founder of Kai Farms and chief sustainability officer of TDG, stressed the importance of establishing a platform for communities to connect.

“To ensure food security and address climate displacement, we need a transformative tech platform connecting farmers, affected communities, and willing supporters. This will uplift farmers, granting them access to healthcare, education, and other opportunities. Through this, we can initiate a proactive response, create a better world together, and be the leaders the world needs,” she said.

Amor Maclang, Digital Pilipinas convenor, underscored the role of technology and innovation in shaping a sustainable future for the Philippines.

“Our mission is clear: harness technology to tackle climate, sustainability, and innovative financing within the interoperable ecosystem we’re all part of. Together, we can solve challenges related to climate adaptation, food sustainability, marketplace creation, and the empowerment of agri and fisheries sector, driven by a global responsibility that transcends politics,” Maclang said.

Digital technologies are transforming global environmental conservation efforts with the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the three highest emitting sectors, energy, transportation, and agriculture by 20% by 2050, according to the World Economic Forum 2022 report.

The pivotal role of sustainabilitytech in shaping a more sustainable future was the focus of the half-day conference organized by Digital Pilipinas, now the largest private sector-led movement for creating an innovation and technology ecosystem in the country that is actively engaged in a global digital economy, in collaboration with its sustainability technology champion, the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG), a globally competitive and progressive business group of highly successful companies engaged in leading industries.


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