Fil-Am businessmen showcase 'green' goods, services
IRWINDALE, California - The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County held 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," said Chamber president Jun Jao.
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.
"For me maganda introduce talaga kung healthy yung ginagamit mong prudukto. Actually, e-expand kami sa San Diego," said Baladbat of Boba & Water
Jao added that they also use alkaline water for their daily consumption.
"The nice thing about it, the bad water that comes out of that machine, we use it for watering our plants or cleaning the house," he said.
US Labor Department statistics show that green goods and services have grown since 2010, accounting for nearly three and a half million jobs.
Going green also opens the field for giving back to the homeland.
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 Baldemesa of SV Electrical Services.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN Foundation also received an award from the Chamber for its ongoing philanthropy and environmental projects.