Environment

SMC pledges P1-B for Tullahan River cleanup

SMC pledges P1-B for Tullahan River cleanup

March 4, 2019, 2:51 pm

MANILA -- San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday formalized a joint commitment to undertake an extensive cleanup of the Tullahan River system -- a crucial step to rehabilitating the Manila Bay. Ramon S. Ang, SMC president and chief… Read More

More NCR villages get help on solid waste

More NCR villages get help on solid waste

March 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

MANILA -- The environment department’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) will help some 30 barangays (villages) in the National Capital Region (NCR) to better manage solid waste. The EMB's NCR regional office will download to local government units (LGUs) this year the funds for building… Read More

Plastics production cut vital to Manila Bay rehab

Plastics production cut vital to Manila Bay rehab

March 2, 2019, 2:52 pm

MANILA -- Various environment groups are seeking a more comprehensive rehabilitation plan for Manila Bay. The rehabilitation must go beyond cleaning Manila Bay and its tributaries as there is also a need to promote environment-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics, which are among the… Read More

Stars solidify support for environment

Stars solidify support for environment

March 1, 2019, 7:25 pm

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

2019 Earth Hour to rally vs. plastics pollution

March 1, 2019, 2:21 pm

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

Expert recommends stricter NGP quality control

February 28, 2019, 6:23 pm

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… Read More

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

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

February 27, 2019, 5:36 pm

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

Group calls for action on water security as El Niño nears

February 22, 2019, 9:42 pm

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 Niño… Read More

El Niño can force Mindanao power rationing

El Niño can force Mindanao power rationing

February 22, 2019, 5:43 pm

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 need in… Read More

El Niño threatens Angat Dam water supply

El Niño threatens Angat Dam water supply

February 22, 2019, 5:40 pm

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 irrigation… Read More

LLDA may reimpose lifted CDOs of Manila Bay polluters

LLDA may reimpose lifted CDOs of Manila Bay polluters

February 19, 2019, 6:33 pm

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

Youth clean-up in Baseco 'Beach' slated Saturday

February 15, 2019, 4:32 pm

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

DENR urges more Manila Bay-friendly CSR programs

February 12, 2019, 8:34 pm

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… Read More

DENR to assess Manila Bay wreckage recovery option

DENR to assess Manila Bay wreckage recovery option

February 12, 2019, 5:58 pm

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

DENR open to use technology for Manila Bay clean-up

February 11, 2019, 7:21 pm

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 Leones.… Read More

DENR eyes more corporate support for Manila Bay rehab

DENR eyes more corporate support for Manila Bay rehab

February 7, 2019, 8:06 pm

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

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

February 7, 2019, 5:03 pm

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

DENR aims easing Manila Bay waste onslaught

February 4, 2019, 5:48 pm

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 Bay’s initial cleanup inspires more volunteers

February 2, 2019, 3:44 pm

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… Read More

DOF central office compliant with clean water requirements

DOF central office compliant with clean water requirements

January 31, 2019, 12:13 pm

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