Environment

Thousands join ‘Takbo Para sa Kalikasan’ for Manila Bay rehab

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- Government officials as well as ordinary folks showed their cooperation and support for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay by participating in the "Takbo Para sa Kalikasan 2" run held on Sunday at the Bulacan Sports Complex in this city.The event dubbed as "Philippines Run... Read More

MGB touts merits of responsible mining in new campaign

MANILA -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on Friday launched its information campaign titled #MineResponsibility which seeks to change the negative public perception of the mining industry with an alternative view highlighting environmental rehabilitation and community development.At an event... Read More

'Quiel' continues to bring rains over parts of PH

MANILA --Severe tropical storm (STS) "Quiel" will continue to bring rain showers over parts of the country likely until Friday, the weather bureau announced on Thursday afternoon."Quiel" remains almost stationary, and was last seen 375 kilometers west northwest of Coron, Palawan, according to the... Read More

Italy first country to include climate change in school curricula

ROME -- Italy will become the first country in the world to add climate change to public school science programs, said the country's education minister on Tuesday.The measure, which requires the topic to be studied for about one hour per week, will go into effect starting next year, Lorenzo... Read More

Cebu fisherfolk urged to report trapped wildlife species

CEBU CITY – Environmental authorities on Tuesday urged fishermen and coastal families to report to their local environment officers if they find wildlife animals trapped in their nets or strayed into their vicinity.Sheila Basilisco, biodiversity management officer of the Community Environment... Read More

3 weather systems to bring rains over most parts of PH

MANILA --Most parts of the archipelago will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers likely until Wednesday due to three weather systems, the weather bureau said Tuesday afternoon. This weather condition will prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley... Read More

Manila, private firms launch 'incentivized' plastic waste program

MANILA -- The Manila City government, in partnership with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and various private companies, on Saturday launched an incentivized plastic waste collection program as part of efforts to address the country's waste problem and save Pasig River from... Read More

Isolated rain showers to prevail on Friday

MANILA --Most parts of the country will experience isolated rain showers on Friday, the weather bureau said. Batanes and Cagayan will have cloudy skies with light rains caused by the northeasterly surface windflow, while Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Palawan will have scattered rain showers and... Read More

Magnitude 5.2 quake hits DavOcc

MANILA--A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit Davao Occidental on Thursday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.The quake, which was of tectonic origin, struck 144 km. southeast of the municipality of Jose Abad Santos at 9:28 a.m. It had a depth of 61 km.There... Read More

2 weather systems to bring scattered rain showers over PH

MANILA --Two weather systems would bring scattered rain showers over most parts of the country, likely until Thursday, the weather bureau said.According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the northeasterly surface wind flow prevailing over... Read More

DENR cuts case backlog by 62% in one year

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reduced its backlog of cases by 62 percent over the course of one year, according to its Legal Affairs Service (LAS).In his inventory report submitted to Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, LAS director Norlito Eneran said the... Read More

'Onyok' heading north towards east of Taiwan

MANILA --Typhoon Onyok slightly intensified, and is now heading northwards over the sea east of Taiwan moving at 20 kph, the weather bureau said on Monday afternoon.Onyok was last eyed at 320 kilometers north, northeast of Basco, Batanes. It has maximum sustained winds of 130 kph, and gustiness of... Read More

Ratifying Kigali Amendment to aid PH's HFC phase-down

MANILA –The window of opportunity is getting smaller for the Philippines to phase down, with less difficulty, the nationwide importation and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are substances that have high global warming potential.The nationwide HFC phase-down will already start in 2024... Read More

Water utility firm to comply with DENR standards

MANILA -- Water utility firm Boracay Tubi System Inc. (BTSI) on Friday assured there is no direct discharging of untreated wastewater to the open sea and that it is operating a complete waterworks system with septage management.In a statement, the BTSI said its joint water sampling conducted with... Read More

UN chief urges leaders to avoid 'new coal' after 2020

ISTANBUL -- Tensions ran high at the UN Climate Summit in New York when United Nations Secretary (UN) General Antonio Guterres challenged leaders to no longer invest in new coal projects after 2020, followed by young climate activist Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech on how these same... Read More

Resiliency fund needed for Manila Bay coastal areas

MANILA –Experts crafting the sustainable development master plan for Manila Bay see the need to establish a resiliency fund for coastal local government units (LGUs) around this water body.Such fund is for the LGUs' constituents occupying danger areas, noted University of the Philippines Los... Read More

Indonesian smog affecting Cebu to disappear soon: PAGASA

CEBU CITY – The weather bureau stationed on Mactan Island on Monday forecast that the haze being experienced in Metro Cebu, due to the Indonesian forest fire, will dissipate in the next two to three days due to change in wind direction.This, as the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in... Read More

Young environmentalists buck coal power plant ops in Bataan

LIMAY, Bataan—At least 30 young men and women, joined by several adults, held on Sunday here a sit-down protest against the operation of coal-fired power plants in the province.“Ako ay nagbalot ng itim bilang simbolo na ang planta ng coal ay nag-eemit ng maruming usok at napupunta ito sa... Read More

NegOr biz groups set pollution control training

DUMAGUETE CITY -- The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) and the Negros Oriental Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association, Inc. (NOHRRA) are spearheading a basic pollution control officer (PCO) training here, in collaboration with the Pollution Control Association of the... Read More

EMB-7 monitors C. Visayas air quality amid Indon forest fire

CEBU CITY – The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Visayas on Tuesday created a task group to monitor air quality in the region following reports that the haze from the raging forest fire in Indonesia has reached Mindanao.Engineer William Cuñado, regional director of... Read More