Environment

Filipinos urged to protect oceans for food security

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reiterated its call to Filipinos to protect the ocean, citing its significant role in ensuring food security during a learning event in the culmination of the celebration of the Month of the Ocean on May 24.DENR Secretary Roy... Read More

CDO among contenders in 'One Planet City Challenge'

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – This city and four other urbanized areas in Mindanao have qualified for this year’s One Planet City Challenge (OPCC), an environmental initiative organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).In an announcement Thursday, WWF said the other selected cities are... Read More

QC 'trash for cash' to help residents earn, save environment

MANILA – Quezon City residents on Wednesday welcomed the city's point system program on waste management, saying this will aid efforts to save the environment while helping them cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.“Magandang proyekto ito dahil nakatulong ka na sa mga... Read More

Trash traps collect 124 tons of waste along rivers in C. Luzon

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – More than 124 tons of solid wastes have been collected since last year from 125 floating trash traps installed in critical water bodies of Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office here in an... Read More

Climate change fuels need for community gene banks: expert

MANILA – An expert is recommending the establishment of community gene banks in remote farming areas nationwide.Aside from helping preserve crop diversity for future farming, University of the Philippines-Los Banos professor Teresita Borromeo said the banks will enable farmers in those areas... Read More

DOF welcomes UK support on PH’s single-use plastics ban

MANILA – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has welcomed the support offered by the United Kingdom (UK) to the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) advocacy on banning single-use plastics, along with the UK’s continuing strong partnership with the Philippines on accelerating both... Read More

Further warming promotes emergence of infectious diseases

MANILA–Two experts have raised the urgency for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, warning that more infectious diseases would emerge if global warming intensifies."The latest climate science already warned us that (a) higher degree of global warming would lead to (the) emergence of new... Read More

Group pushes for establishment of recycling hubs in Dumaguete

DUMAGUETE CITY – An environmental advocacy group here is asking barangay officials to speed up the establishment of recycling hubs called materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in answer to the city’s growing problem on trash disposal.In an interview on Thursday, Gary Rosales, president of... Read More

CCC, DILG promote climate-responsive budgeting among LGUs

MANILA–A webinar this week will further help mainstream the climate change adaptation and mitigation in annual investment programs (AIPs) of local government units (LGUs) nationwide. Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have partnered... Read More

DOT 'scubasureros' hold Samal reef cleanup

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL, Davao del Norte - To kick off the month of the Ocean in May, the Department of Tourism in Region 11 (DOT-11) partnered with various government agencies and scuba diving communities for a synchronized cleanup in Brgy. Sta. Cruz Talikud here Friday.DOT-11 Director Tanya... Read More

MGB eyes having more user-friendly geologic maps

MANILA–The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) aims to make its geologic maps even easier to use.The maps are available to the public in "JPEG" format but some MGB clients are requesting to have these documents also in shapefile format which is a geospatial vector data format for geographic... Read More

Bukidnon villagers seek closure of foul odor-emitting plant

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Village officials in a Bukidnon town have brought their complaint against a processing company that emits foul odor for the third time in six years to the city government here.Armed with a petition signed by hundreds of residents, the barangay council of Mambatangan,... Read More

EU officials urge cooperation vs. climate change

ANKARA – European Union (EU) officials have called for joint commitment and action across the world to reduce emissions by 2030 in the fight against climate change."Today we must strengthen global unity around ambitious new targets," European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told the... Read More

Peace with nature vital to humanity's survival: UN chief

MANILA–UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging countries worldwide to undertake several steps to end man's "suicidal" war against nature, noting nursing Earth back to health is vital to humanity's survival. Countries must ensure "bold" climate action that will help limit global... Read More

Zamboanga City lines up Earth Day activities

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government here has lined up activities in line with the observance of Earth Day on Thursday.Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Wednesday that planting and maintenance activities will be conducted at the mangrove forest in Masepla, the former transitory site,... Read More

Cimatu urges LGUs to invest in climate, risk resiliency projects

MANILA – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is urging local government units (LGUs) to pursue investments in the Risk Resiliency Program (RRP) to boost the country’s preparedness in mitigating the impact of climate change.Cimatu, also chair of... Read More

Duterte OKs 75% emissions reduction PH commitment by 2030

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the country’s first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which sets a 75-percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and avoidance by 2030, as part of the Philippines' commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.The NDC... Read More

17 GenSan, SoCot resorts shut down for forestry law violations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the closure of 17 inland resorts here and nearby Polomolok town in South Cotabato for violation of the forestry law.Elvira Lumayag, head of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, said... Read More

Drawing contest promotes environmental awareness among kids

MANILA–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has opened a drawing contest for six- to 12-year-old Filipinos nationwide, with entries consisting of doodles reflecting the 2021 Earth Day theme "Restore our Earth". By encouraging submission of such entries, the "E-Doodle Mo,... Read More

Surrender invasive turtles, DENR tells public

MANILA–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has warned about indiscriminately disposing of turtles commonly called "red-eared sliders", which people raise as pets. Such turtles are actually invasive alien species (IAS) that threaten the environment and health, noted... Read More