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The Park Inn by Radisson In Iloilo Has A New General Manager, According To SM Hotels And Conventions Corp. (SMHCC).





SMHCC properties fully support the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in their campaign to phase out single-use plastics (SUPs) in the tourism sector, as it collaborates with the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI) on the Transforming Tourism Value Chains (TVC) Project and the Department of Tourism on the Sustainable Tourism Value Chains (TVC) Project.

GM Ogie Manuel

According to the UN Environment Program, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world, and five trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year. As a result, up to eight million tons of plastic are washed into the world’s oceans every year, harming marine biodiversity, communities, and wildlife. Furthermore, recent UN assessments show that the COVID-19 epidemic aggravated plastic pollution because to increased usage and disposal of single-use items such as medical face masks, plastic gloves, hand sanitizer bottles, and food packaging.

“We appreciate SMHCC’s ongoing support of our efforts to promote and implement sustainable tourism practices in the Philippines, particularly this campaign to decrease hazardous single-use plastics,” said the group. Mr. June M. Alvarez, President & Executive Director of PCEPSDI, said, “We salute SMHCC for their constant and imaginative efforts to limit our carbon and plastic imprint on the globe.”

The campaign’s goal is to bolster efforts to minimize consumption of harmful single-use plastic items while adhering to strict health and safety guidelines. As a result, all SMHCC facilities dedicate themselves to addressing the prevailing problem of plastic usage through awareness and attentive hospitality practices that include hotel management, procurers, staff, tourists, and guests.

Pico Sands Hotel and Taal Vista Hotel, in particular, have replaced single-use amenities (shampoo and body wash) with refillable 30mL bottles, as well as switching to biodegradable take-out packaging instead of microwavable plastic containers. Individual water bottles in guest rooms have also been phased out at the aforementioned properties. Glass pitchers, which may be replenished outside the room, are provided as a replacement. Meanwhile, Conrad Manila uses eco bags for guests’ laundry and slipper bags in their restaurants, as well as rice straws and wooden stirrers. Furthermore, as part of the Radisson Blu Cebu’s ongoing commitment to Responsible Business, the hotel encourages guests to use paper straws, which are only provided upon request. Similarly, the hotel’s bakery products are now packaged in biodegradable full paper boxes. With their ‘Refuse the Straw’ or ‘Skip the Straw’ initiatives, as well as their rigorous devotion to using brown bag and environmentally friendly packaging for their takeaway meals, all Park Inn by Radisson facilities in Clark, North Edsa, Iloilo, and Davao mirror the aforementioned efforts. SMX Convention Center, for example, recycles its SMX water bottles with a sustainability partner.

“Our collaboration with PCEPSDI reaffirms SMHCC’s unwavering commitment to long-term sustainability, not just for current but also future generations. SMHCC properties, as stewards of our ‘shared home,’ stay proactive in the effective and responsible use of our resources, which leads to increased operational productivity and environmental protection,” said Ms. Peggy E. Angeles, Executive Vice President of SMHCC.


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