Environment

Stars solidify support for environment

MANILA --Three celebrities reinforced the bid to conserve and protect nature.On Thursday (Feb. 28), television host Rovilson Fernandez and film actress Iza Calzado renewed their respective contracts with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines to further support the organization's... Read More

2019 Earth Hour to rally vs. plastics pollution

MANILA – The conservation organization, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, aims to further draw public support for legislation on plastic waste management to help address environmental degradation and biodiversity loss from plastics pollution.On March 30, WWF Philippines will... Read More

Expert recommends stricter NGP quality control

MANILA --An expert sees the need to further tighten quality control for the National Greening Program (NGP), the government's biggest reforestation bid so far."We must use quality planting materials (QPMs) suitable for sites where these will be planted," NGP consultant and former Ecosystems Research... Read More

9K tons of waste end up in Manila Bay: DENR

MANILA -- Some 9,212 tons of waste in Metro Manila ends up in rivers, estuaries, and other bodies of water -- including Manila Bay.A diagram, released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday, shows waste generation of local government units in the National Capital... Read More

Group calls for action on water security as El Niño nears

MANILA -- A coalition from the private sector, business groups, non-government organizations (NGOs), and civil society groups has called on the government to address the looming water shortage.The call was made following a report from the weather bureau that the country will experience El... Read More

El Niño can force Mindanao power rationing

MANILA --Mindanao may experience rationing of electricity this year due to the drought-driving El Niño phenomenon's expected adverse impacts on power generation in hydroelectric plants there.El Niño-fanned rainfall shortage will reduce availability of water that the hydropower plants... Read More

El Niño threatens Angat Dam water supply

MANILA --Metro Manila's main water source, the Angat Dam, is facing tough times from drought-driving El Niño phenomenon in the first half of 2019.Near-nil rainfall amidst El Niño and no reduction in Angat's water allocation for March, April and May will affect the June supply of... Read More

LLDA may reimpose lifted CDOs of Manila Bay polluters

MANILA --Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has assured to penalize establishments that will violate the agency’s condition for temporarily lifting of cease and desist orders (CDOs) on polluting Manila Bay.LLDA will reimpose the CDOs if establishments fail to undertake needed... Read More

Youth clean-up in Baseco 'Beach' slated Saturday

MANILA --The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will spearhead the Saturday (Feb. 16) clean-up of Baseco "Beach" in Manila Bay."It'll be the first activity of KALAKASAN (Kilos Kabataan para sa Kalikasan) program," said EMB... Read More

DENR urges more Manila Bay-friendly CSR programs

MANILA -- The environment department is advocating the inclusion of more Manila Bay-saving activities in the respective corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs of private companies.The magnitude of environmental degradation in Manila Bay makes CSR activities necessary as the government lacks... Read More

DENR to assess Manila Bay wreckage recovery option

MANILA --The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will still study whether to include in Manila Bay’s rehabilitation the recovery of wreckage submerged in the historic body of water."We'll first have to see if such wreckage is affecting the quality of water there," DENR... Read More

DENR open to use technology for Manila Bay clean-up

MANILA --The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is open to considering technologies for cleaning up Manila Bay and its tributaries.Inventors and other parties with technologies may propose these to DENR for possible use in the cleanup, said DENR Undersecretary Jonas... Read More

DENR eyes more corporate support for Manila Bay rehab

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is seeking more corporate partners for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.The participation of companies -- such as in the case of the Tullahan River clean-up involving San Miguel Corporation -- will help boost efforts to save... Read More

Ocean to turn darker by end of this century due to climate change

WASHINGTON -- The color of the sea will become darker by the end of this century due to climate change, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Nature Communications.Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that by the year 2100, over half of the world's... Read More

DENR aims easing Manila Bay waste onslaught

MANILA -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu targets mitigating flow of waste into Manila Bay as soon as possible to prevent further pollution of the historic bay.Cimatu on Monday said they have to prioritize providing -- along 'esteros' and waterways... Read More

Manila Bay’s initial cleanup inspires more volunteers

MANILA -- Last January 27, thousands of volunteers trooped to Manila Bay to help clear out the trash that for years sullied its natural beauty.Days after the initial cleanup, however, who gets to keep its tidiness, knowing that most Filipinos are riddled with the ningas kugon attitude?As the cleanup... Read More

DOF central office compliant with clean water requirements

MANILA -- The ongoing refurbishment of the six-story building that houses the central office of the Department of Finance (DOF) along Roxas Boulevard in Manila now includes a state-of-the-art sewage treatment facility that is operational way ahead of the Duterte administration’s program to... Read More

Forestry policy changes eyed to boost wood industry

MANILA --Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is looking into possible changes in forestry-related policies to help boost the Philippine wood industry's performance.Change must come to prevent further decline of the industry that was once a global leader in wood production, said... Read More

2018 4th warmest year on record since 1850

LOS ANGELES -- A new analysis established that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on Earth since 1850.Temperatures in 2018 were around 1.16 degrees above the average temperature of the late 19th century, from 1850 to 1900, a period often used as a pre-industrial baseline for global temperature... Read More

No turning back for Manila Bay rehab: Cimatu

MANILA— Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Sunday said there’s no turning back for the planned rehabilitation of the historic Manila Bay.Cimatu led an estimated 5,000-strong contingent of public and private sector representatives, who committed... Read More