Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc. (EDNPI) is the Secretariat of Earth Day Network Philippines. It is duly registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission on September 20, 2006 after six (6) years of having the Secretariat move from one member-organization to the next.
It is a non-stock, non-profit organization with a Board of Trustees and Officers ably assisted by its Executive Director and Staff. It is also an accredited non-government organization by the Philippine Council on NGO Certification (PCNC) since 2009 and is the main partner of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources for the Earth Day preparations and coordinationa activitiesin the country.
Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) is the local counterpart of the Earth Day Network International based in Washington, USA. It is the network organization that coordinates the celebration of Earth Day and is composed of government agencies, local government units, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, religious groups and individuals for environmental citizenship through meaningful cooperation.
The Philippines started celebrating Earth Day in the 1980s by individuals who were aware of the celebration. In the early 1990s, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) started leading the celebration on behal of the Philippines Government. Soon, a number of Earth Day events have been reported in the country albeit scattered and uncoordinated.
In 1999, in preparation of the Millenium Earth Day celebration, Mark Dubois of Earth Day International, visited the Philippines and met with environmental leaders at the residence of Ms. Odette Alcantara in Blue Ridge. There, he encouraged the local environmentalists to form a coalition of the green advocates and form Earth Day Network Philippines. Ms. Alcantara, Tita Odette or Odettesky to her friends, along with former DENR Sec. Bebet Gozun, Garbologist Dr. Met Palaypay and more than eighty (80) environmental leaders decided to form the environmental coalition/network which will push for the celebration of Earth Day in the country. They called coalition “Earth Day Network Philippines”. It is the official local partner of Earth Day Network International for the celebration of Earth Day.
With the birth of EDNP, preparations for Earth Day 2000 were underway. After months of network-building and planning, the biggest national Earth Day network was assembled with over two thousand members from the cross section of society. Since then, EDNP became the primary civil society partner of the DENR in the preparation and coordination of Earth Day.