Cynthia Villar hopes Circular Explorer will help preserve PH’s natural resources

Circular Explorer (Facebook photo of Senator Cynthia Villar)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Cynthia Villar has expressed hope that the Circular Explorer, a solar-powered recycling catamaran, will help preserve the country’s natural resources.

Villar, who is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, made the remark during the launch of the vessel by Holcim Group and One Earth One Ocean at the Manila Yacht Club on July 7.

“As an active supporter of recycling and responsible waste management, I am confident that the Circular Explorer will be effective in promoting recycling and raising awareness of responsible consumption and production which will have lasting benefits for us and the environment,” Villar said. in a statement Thursday.

The Circular Explorer is a solar-powered recycling catamaran that seeks to promote sustainable practices by recovering and recycling plastic waste from coastal areas.

She also renewed her call for responsible consumption and production which is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Villar said the Philippines is committed to these goals in order to build scientific, technological and innovative capacities in developing countries to move towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The senator noted that the shift to circular living has been endorsed by governments around the world and is gaining momentum.

“I think this circular model will help our existing efforts in waste management here in the Philippines as well as in other countries,” Villar said.

“The circular model is about keeping resources circulating or in the loop for as long as possible. So that means there will be less and ultimately more plastic waste ending up in landfills or reaching our seas and polluting our water sources,” she added. – Christine Annie Asistio, intern

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