Environment

Biodiversity loss to bring more sickness

MANILA --Two experts expect people's health to further deteriorate if the environment continues to take a beating."We're part of the environment which affects the human body -- if the environment is destroyed, rest assured you'll be sick in the future," Dr. Francis Vicente Ras warned on Wednesday... Read More

Boracay Island holds little-known treasures

MANILA --There's more to Philippine tourist destination Boracay Island than its world-famous powdery white sand beaches and tranquil turquoise water.Boracay is also a haven of native trees -- a fact unknown to most visitors there, noted geothermal pioneer and the environment department's... Read More

ACB urges further action for healthy agro-biodiversity

MANILA --The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is promoting healthy agricultural biodiversity (agro-biodiversity), noting this resource is essential for people's well-being and achieving food security."Our health depends on the food we eat while our continuing supply of food relies on biodiversity... Read More

DENR eyes local officials' environmental accountability

MANILA– The environment department will file cases against local government officials who will be leaving their posts this year but have been remiss in implementing environmental laws during their incumbency.Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Benny Antiporda... Read More

DENR, Singapore partner formally seal PHL Eagle conservation deal

The DENR said the pair consists of 15 year-old male eagle Geothermica and 17 year-old female eagle Sambisig.Both are products of Davao City-based Philippine Eagle Center's conservation breeding program.Proclamation 615 series of 1995 declared the Philippine Eagle as the country's national bird.Such... Read More

DENR to step up environment law enforcement in Soccsksargen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 12 (Soccsksargen) has intensified its efforts to curb violations of environmental laws, in partnership with law enforcement units.Forester Dirie Macabaning, DENR-12’s enforcement division chief, said Monday they... Read More

Science camp to increase academe's marine conservation efforts

MANILA – A science camp of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural resources (DER) will further promote in the academe, efforts to help conserve the country’s marine environment.Lectures and other activities during the June 6-11 camp in... Read More

DENR intensifies protection of marine species in Sarangani Bay

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 has stepped up efforts to protect and conserve marine resources in the critical Sarangani Bay following the recorded stranding and deaths of various species in the area these past months.Joy Oloquin, area... Read More

Magnitude 4.2 quake hits Batangas

MANILA --A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook Batangas on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.The quake of tectonic origin struck 20 km. southwest of Calatagan at about 11:39 a.m. It had a depth of 129 km.Phivolcs said there was no reported intensity and... Read More

Report wildlife trafficking: DENR

MANILA –Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu is encouraging the public to report incidents of wildlife trafficking around the country so that the department and law enforcers could resolve these crimes as soon as possible.“If you know of any illegal... Read More

Pampanga beach to open soon

MANILA –Authorities may soon open to the public another beach along Manila Bay.Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu raised such possibility, citing assessment of authorities in Pampanga province regarding quality of water in part of Manila Bay's coast... Read More

PH to loan Philippine Eagle pair to Singapore

MANILA –Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu said the country will provide the government of Singapore a pair of Philippine Eagles (scientific name "Pithecophaga jefferyi").Said move aims to ensure there will still be Philippine Eagles left for breeding... Read More

PH structures should be climate smart, disaster resilient

MANILA – All structures in the country must be able to withstand natural calamities such as strong typhoons and earthquakes.“Based on one of the priority areas of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), an infrastructure has to be climate smart and disaster resilient in order to... Read More

3 Metros may get Holy Week respite from heat

MANILA --Some cloudiness and showers are possible from Palm Sunday to Holy Wednesday in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao, offering a respite from the expected heat in these major urban centers.Partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with rain showers and/or thunderstorms may occur in Metro... Read More

New project promotes mercury-free gold mining

MANILA –A new USD11.7-million project in the Philippines and Mongolia targets to help eliminate the use of mercury in these countries’ respective artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sectors.Launched in Quezon City on Thursday and earlier this week in Mongolia, the 2019-2024... Read More

More Minahang Bayan to boost small-scale mining watch

MANILA –The environment department’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) targets to intensify the regulation of small-scale mining in the country.“We’re working to fast-track the approval of applications for Minahang Bayan areas nationwide,” MGB Acting Director Wilfredo... Read More

Longer nights in September

MANILA -- Expect longer nights in September due to the autumnal equinox, when day and night are approximately equal in duration, a climatologist told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday.Annalisa Solis, climate monitoring officer in charge at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and... Read More

Extreme hot weather can continue till May

MANILA --The extreme hot weather that parts of the country are experiencing may last until May, a climatologist told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday."We're experiencing cloudiness, and the dryness in the environment is high. We expect that we will continue experiencing extreme hot... Read More

Manila Bay waters off Bataan now 'swimmable'

MANILA –Efforts to rehabilitate Manila Bay are beginning to bear fruit.According to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, he received reports swimming is already possible in some waters off Bataan province which is among areas along Manila... Read More

Top property developer joins Manila Bay rehab

MANILA--Government gained another partner for rehabilitating Manila Bay.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday signed with integrated property developer SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) Inc. the memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizing the company’s participation in... Read More