Philippine Environment Summit

About the Summit

Started in 2016, the Philippine Environment Summit is a biennial celebration of the Philippine environmental movement. It is a showcase of programs and projects that contribute to social and economic advancement while protecting the environment. The summit also calls to the government and the Filipino people to unite in accelerating the drive towards sustainable development.

Hosting of the summit is rotated among the three major island groups of the country according to this order: (1) Luzon, (2) Visayas and (3) Mindanao.

The 1st Philippine Environment Summit

Pasay City, February 2016

(SMX Mall of Asia, February 9 – 11, 2016)

Theme: “Breakthroughs and Innovations towards Sustainable Development

Plenary Speakers: Ramon J.P. Paje, Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., Laurent Legodec, and David Suzuki, PhD.


The 2nd Philippine Environment Summit

Cebu City, February 2018

(Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, February 20 – 22, 2018)

Theme: “Mainstreaming Innovations for Sustainable Development”

Plenary Speakers: Roy A. Cimatu, Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM, Federico Lopez, Al Gore, Bradnee Chambers, Grace Poe


The 3rd Philippine Environment Summit

Cagayan de Oro City, February 2020

(Grand Caprice Restaurant and Convention Center, February 26 – 28, 2020)

Theme: “Paradigm re(Shift: Heeding Nature”

Plenary Speakers: Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, Mitos Urgel, Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, DD, and Howie Severino

Now! The 4th Philippine Environment Summit

Tagaytay City, Cavite, February 2023

(Taal Vista Hotel, February 21-23, 2023)

Theme: Caring for Earth: Scaling Up Solutions to the Climate Emergency


Tagaytay, a premier city of Cavite in the Southern Luzon, now hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, has been selected to host the 4th edition of the Philippine Environment Summit.  Here, scenic Nature abounds, climate is cool, and structures/facilities measure up to metropolitan standards that convention organizers easily see the place as ideal for important out-of-town gatherings.  Its poster face, the Taal Volcano with a shimmering lake around it, is also both the awesome view from the road and lodges as well as one that when it rumbles makes a number of us worry about the Earth’s state of health. So, earth stewards, this is home.

The event features replicable ongoing projects and programs that will inspire participants to act and counter the looming global catastrophe the world today faces mainly stemming from the climate change. It is organized by Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Economy (GC) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with supporters from various sectors. 

As in the past three summits, highlights of the three-day event are plenary sessions in the morning, breakout sessions in the afternoon, an exhibit in the whole period, and a press conference. Speakers are likewise pillars and inspirations in the environment advocacy and stewardship. Participants are from the green – blue – brown spectrum of the environment movement: non-government organizations, government, business, education/youth, and concerned individuals.  

These three days are for celebration (shared love and care for our common home), concern (deeper understanding of the climate crisis), and action (scaled-up solutions to the climate emergency). Hopefully, cold and scenic Tagaytay will help 

fuel us all.

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