Fil-Ams go green for environment, business, and charity

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau



September 5, 2013

IRWINDALE,

Calif — From simple cleaning sprays to elaborate machinery and do it yourself tricks, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County put on its annual Green Conserve and Health Expo for the 5th year. “For those of you who are into sustainability, who are into saving or recycling and keeping our environment safe clean and affordable for our next generation,” David the chamber’s president Jun Jao. 

One of the newest green trends in recent years is alkaline water. The green industry has given Melvin Baladbat a chance to open a boba shop that uses alkaline water. Many believe alkaline water can improve health. Despite limited scientific data Filipinos are still venturing into the new fad as entrepreneurs and consumers. 

US Labor Department statistics show the “green goods and services” sector has grown since 2010, accounting for nearly 3.4 million jobs. Going green also opens the field for giving back to the homeland. 

SV Electrical Services, a group of Fil-Am renewable energy experts, is working on installing solar panels in the Philippines, including at a Bantay Bata village. “With the solar since it is unlimited power, it will solve the problem with the energy crisis that we have and besides that we can help them promote renewable energy,” said Francisco Baldamesa of SV Electrical Services. 

The ABS-CBN Foundation also received an award from the Chamber for its ongoing philanthropy and environmental projects. 

You may reach Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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