Peace and good health to all of us.
We convey our praise and gratitude to our Lord Jesus Christ who allows us to hold the Second Aptik International Conference on Poverty and Environment. This activity should actually have been carried out in 2020, along with the 20th anniversary of the De La Salle Catholic University, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the approval of the Aptik leadership, we have postponed it until today.
The theme that we raise is line with the present pandemic conditions which has been devastating all the living creatures on earth. The Second Aptik International Conference of 2021 is expected to address this hot issue for a better life in the future.
We invited two key note speakers, namely the Head of Aptik and the Rector of Universitas Katolik De La Salle Manado to elaborate further on this theme.
We also have four invited speakers to discuss this topic according to their practice and experience in dealing with this issue in their respective countries which are US (Dr. James Krejci), Philippines (Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC), Taiwan (Martin Kao, Ph.D) and Indonesia especially in the East (Dr. Philipus Tule).
The participants borth are lectures and practisioners will examine more deeply these themes and sub-themes based on their respective fields of expertise while also presenting some ideas for solutions that can be applied to the community life, government agencies and other sectors to eliminate the pandemic we are currently experiencing so that we can enjoy a more normal life as usual.
We would like to thank the Aptik leaders for providing the opportunity for the Universitas Katolik De La Salle Foundation to be the organizer of this activity. Thank you to the Foundation and its appartus. Thanks to the Rector of Universitas Katolik De La Salle Manado. Thanks to the keynote speakers and invited speakers, the participants who were willing to present their findings.
Thank you to the government of North Sulawesi Province, to the Governor and Deputy Governor. Thanks to Manado Mayor Andre Angow and Deputy Mayor dr. Richard Sualang and the Municipality apparatus. Thank To the Village Head of Kairagi and Kombost as well as the local security personnels and the community around the campus.
Chair of the Organizing Committee