February 13, 2018 – Staffers of the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) joined high school students, guests, and key officials of partner agencies at Cinema 2 of SM City North Edsa during the launch of the 2018 Green Film Festival (GFF), a film showing of environment-related documentaries aimed to spread awareness and elicit lifestyle-changing choices and practices for the environment.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) among the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and SM Sustainability Department of the Shopping Center Management Corporation was signed by Secretary Roy Cimatu and his counterparts from each of the said agencies to kick off a series of free-admission film showing events that would be held throughout the year.
Featured during the launch were short documentaries on the rich biodiversity and protection of the Tubbataha Reef, the occurrence of climate change, and a featured model community practicing good solid waste management, among others.
Sharing news and livestream broadcast of the event with hashtag #gff2018 in social media was encouraged to promote it to a wider audience especially the younger generation.
Select SM City Malls will be showing environmental films featuring various concerns such as climate change, clean water, clean air, solid waste management, biodiversity conservation, and the challenge of sustainable and eco-friendly schools. The GFF will run in participating SM Cinemas nationwide, once every two months, from February to October 2018. (FASPS/ Sheela Legaspi)