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HIGHLIGHTS: Social Good Summit #2030Now: Insight for impact
HIGHLIGHTS: Social Good Summit #2030Now: Insight for impact
With the theme 'Insight for Impact,' the summit hopes to challenge Filipinos to cut through the social media noise to build communities of action that will help make the world a better place


MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, September 21, Rappler, together with the De La Salle Philippines and De La Salle University, will hold the 2019 Manila Social Good Summit. 

With the theme “Insight for Impact,” the summit hopes to challenge Filipinos to cut through the social media noise to build communities of action that will help make the world a better place. 

This main event which starts at 1 pm aims to shine the light on the most urgent global concerns along with critical social issues in the country such as the climate crisis, urban congestion, and traffic. (READ: Meet the speakers and guests at the 2017 Manila Social Good Summit)

Bringing together policy makers, community leaders, advocates and industry representatives, the plenary session will feature panel discussions on making metro cities livable, building communities to fight waste crisis, and cutting through the noise in this digital age.  (READ: Citizen wish list for Metro mayors: Fix traffic, lower cost of living

Keynote speaker Andrew Keen, who is known for his controversial comments on the digital revolution, will also deliver a talk on “How to Fix Democracy.” 

Here’s the program for the 2019 Philippine Social Good Summit main plenary:

Social Good Summit 2019
#InsightForImpact #2030NOW 

September 21, 2019
De La Salle University 
Taft Avenue, Manila City

Marguerite de Leon
Rambo Talabong

Time Activity
1:00 – 1:10 pm

Welcome address: Urgent concerns of the Philippines

Br. Raymundo Suplido
DLSU President


1:10 – 1:15 pm

Memorandum of Agreement signing

Glenda Gloria
Managing editor, Rappler

1:15 – 1:30 pm

Social media as a force for good in achieving the SDGs

Ola Almgren
UN Resident Coordinator

1:30 – 2:10 pm 

Panel discussion: Making metro areas livable 

Chay Hofileña 
Investigative Head, Rappler


Joy Belmonte 
Quezon City Mayor  

Isko Moreno
Manila City Mayor  

Paulo Alcazaren
Urban planner

2:10 – 2:30 pm

Role of the private sector in turning insights to impact


Marione Briones
League of Corporate Foundations


2:30 – 3:00 pm

Building communities to solve the waste crisis 

Pia Ranada
Multimedia reporter


Melody Melo-Rijk
Project Manager, World Wildlife Fund

Monique Obligacion
Community Administrator, Buhay Zero-Waste 

Joy Cacal
Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola

Dr. Fabian “Toby” Dayrit
Vice President, National Academy of Science and Technology

3:00 – 3:30

Keynote: How to fix democracy

Andrew Keen
Speaker | Author | Writer

3:30 – 4:20

Panel discussion: Cutting through the noise

Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza
Head of Research, Partnerships, and Strategy

Andrew Keen
Speaker | Author| Writer

Irene Jay Liu
News Lab Lead, Google Asia Pacific Region

John Nery
Convenor, Democracy & Disinformation consortium
Opinion columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer

4:20 – 4:40

Huddle to #InspireCourage
  • Plastics and zero-waste

  • Public transportation and mobility

  • Gender equality

    • Media and digital culture
 4:40 – 5:00

Closing remarks: Finding hope when the problem is worse that we think  

Maria Ressa 
Rappler CEO and executive editor



The 2019 Manila Social Good Summit, through the theme “Insight for Impact,” hopes to showcase how engaged communities empowered by technology can help address the most urgent problems of our time. Visit this page to know more. –


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