The Marinduque Island Ambassador, Dr. Randy Nobleza have submitted an entry for the 10th edition of Celebrate Islands that is going to take place by May 10 to 17. Celebrate Islands is an annual event co-organized by Conservatoire du littoral and the like-minded non-governmental and civil society organizations since 2014.
According to the website of Celebrate Islands, the objective is to promote and share initiatives towards the preservation of the ecological and cultural specificities of small islands around the world. In addition, it also aims to celebrate island ecosystems and the actors who act for their preservation. The main goal since its inception is to initiate a process for the recognition of an islands international day.
Marinduque’s entry have the context of the recent oil spill in Mindoro affecting the Verde Island Passage and the more remote disaster from the mine tailings 27 years ago. The Island Ambassador from Marinduque is mainstreaming orange economy and nature’s rights as viable alternatives for mining dubbed nowadays as “green metals.”
Given a chance to get a grant, it would be for the promotion of creative means of agriculture and aquaculture which Marinduque State College has a banner program for fresh water shrimp and native pig. There would be an online voting between May 10 to 16 and a closing ceremonies along with the announcement of winners by May 17.
The Celebrate Islands took in applications for the 120 second project proposals in video format between February 21 to May 3. Then the opening of public voting and jury evaluation for the video contest is from May 10 until the 16th. Meanwhile, the diffusion of initiatives carried out by and for small islands and the festive week of Celebrate Islands is from May 10 to 17.
Marinduque’s 120 second video conservation proposal have garnered support from the Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC), the Provincial Science and Technology Office and Union Locale, the advocacy group for creative industries. The province is also hosting the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) where its secretary and regional director is expected to grace the occasion on May 16 to 18 at the Marinduque State College as host institution.