SM rolls out E-Waste Collection Program

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Every year, the world produces more electronic waste (e-waste) than the last due to advancements in technology that shorten the average life spans of gadgets and electronics. According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report, the world generated about 53.6 million metric tons (Mt) of e-waste in 2019, a 21-percent jump from 44.4 Mt in 2014. It is projected to increase to 74.7 Mt. by 2030. What makes e-waste worse compared to most other types of waste is that, if not correctly disposed of, it can release dangerous chemicals like lead, mercury, and lithium, which are toxic to the environment, most especially to humans. Exposure to these chemicals can lead to life-threatening complications such as poisoning, immune system disorders, and even cancer, to name a few. Hence, it is essential to dispose of e-waste responsibly and in an organized manner. Not only will this help ensure human safety and health, but it will also help minimize the negative impact of its disposal on the environment.

4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards to be held in Clark

Following its resolve to honor and highlight the movers and shakers of the sports tourism industry in the Philippines during these tumultuous times, the 4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards, with the Clark Development Corporation as host, will be held on December 10 at the Clark Marriot Hotel.

Organized by Cebu-based public relations agency Selrahco PR with full support from Smart Communications, Universal Robina Corporation, Coca-Cola Philippines, and Clark Development Corporation, the 4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards will be recognizing exemplary sports initiatives from the public and private sectors who have shown interest and deep conviction in promoting sports tourism in the country during 2019.

A total of 14 categories namely Sports Tourism Destination of the Year, Sports Tourism Organizer of the Year (private and government), Sports Tourism Event of the Year (domestic and international), Sports Tourism Sport Association of the Year, Sports Tourism Destination Marketing of the Year, Sports Tourism Hotel of the Year, Sports Tourism Event Sponsorship of the Year, Sports Tourism Charity Event of the Year, Sports Tourism Airline of the Year, Adventure Event of the Year, Sports Venue of the Year, and Sports Media Coverage of the Year. In addition, two special categories will also be awarded to public and private personalities in the realm of sports tourism.

The Philippine Sports Tourism Awards also recently created the Sports Turismo Alliance, an official member of the International Associations of Event Hosts, to build a community of movers and shakers of Philippine sports tourism consisting all winners of previous sports tourism awards including Sunrise Events Inc., Dumaguete City, Philippine Airlines, Province of Cebu, Davao City, Cebu Pacific and Resorts World Manila, to name a few.

This year’s event in Clark will follow stringent social distancing and health & safety protocols for the physical event. The organizers have committed to limit guest capacity to ensure safety and security during the ceremony as it keeps the fire of sportsmanship in the country burning.

“This year has posed a great challenge for the sports and tourism sector in the country and what we need now more than anything is grit and gratitude. We are all excited and gearing up to award the most inspiring individuals and organizations of 2019.” Says PSTA founder and chairman Charles Lim.

"2019 was a bumper year for Philippine sports and tourism," Lim explained, "and we would not want to let it go unheralded." (PR)

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