Environment

Food, beverage firm kicks off efforts to reach plastic neutrality

MANILA – Universal Robina Corp. (URC), one of the country’s largest food and beverage companies, has kicked off a slew of initiatives to collect, recover, and divert plastic waste as part of its overall goal to achieve plastic neutrality.These include long-term collaborative projects on... Read More

Volunteer groups vow to sustain mangrove planting in NegOr

DUMAGUETE CITY – An alliance of volunteer groups in Negros Oriental has committed to planting thousands of mangrove trees yearly and relentlessly to protect the province’s shorelines and support global efforts against climate change.Sidney Lee, the planting coordinator of the Allied... Read More

DENR reclassifies 4 Luzon caves for proper management

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has approved the reclassification of four caves in the provinces of Abra, Quezon, and Albay for proper management and conservation.The DENR, through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), Regional and Provincial offices,... Read More

Maynilad program gears up for its 1 millionth tree this year

MANILA – The Maynilad Water Services Inc. and other MVP Group of Companies recently launched the Plant for Life’s Road to One Million Trees Planted with 90,000 trees committed for 2022 at the Million Tree Nursery and Eco-Learning Center at La Mesa Watershed, Quezon City.This, as Maynilad... Read More

Over 13K board feet of illegal logs seized in Nueva Ecija

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Over 13,000 board feet of illegal logs were seized in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija on Monday, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office here said on Tuesday.The confiscation was the result of the crackdown on illegal forest... Read More

Plastic bag ban creates new opportunities in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – The blanket ban on plastic bags Tanzania introduced three years ago has unleashed a huge market potential for eco-friendly paper bags, creating new opportunities for local traders who reap bigger profits.Tanzania effected its ban on single-use plastic bags in June... Read More

Biosphere reserve center soon to rise in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY – A biosphere reserve research and development center building amounting to PHP15 million will soon rise in Albay, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer (PENRO) said.Jerry Arena, Albay ENRO chief, in an interview on Monday, said the construction of the building... Read More

DENR official bats for more mineral processing plants

MANILA – Former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna pushed for the establishment of more mineral processing plants and utilization of rare earth deposits to help increase the country’s mineral production and revenue... Read More

Mobile game, mascot to promote proper waste management in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Bicol (DENR-5) on Friday cited the importance of new technology as it launched its new mascot and mobile game application in promoting awareness on solid waste management.In an interview, Joan Mariscotes, DENR-5... Read More

DENR Region 8 uses 'fun way' to promote proper waste management

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) are upbeat about raising the young generation’s awareness of proper solid waste management via its new mascot and mobile game app.On Tuesday, the agency launched the... Read More

DENR, PCG to boost protection of marine environment

MANILA – In celebration of the World Ocean Day 2022, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)—through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)—has signed a landmark agreement with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to address gaps in protection and conservation of... Read More

Droughts may affect more than 75% of world’s population by 2050

ANKARA – Droughts may affect more than three-quarters of the world’s population by 2050, the UN said Friday as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed.The day that is annually observed June 17 since 1995, focuses on changing public attitudes toward the leading driver... Read More

Fish 'spillover' seen as NegOr town's marine reserves thrive

DUMAGUETE CITY – Marine protected areas (MPAs) in the municipality of Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental are thriving, with some of them already showing signs of "spillover" a few years after they were identified as fish sanctuaries.Wilbert Partosa, officer-in-charge of the town’s Coastal... Read More

C. Luzon LGUs cited for efforts in Manila Bay rehab

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Four local government units (LGUs) and one provincial government office in Central Luzon have been cited for their significant efforts and contribution to the cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay.Recipients of the Manila BAYani award in the region are the... Read More

Primewater marks World Environment Day with tree planting

MANILA – PrimeWater Infrastructure Corp. through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, “Daloy ng Paglingap”, has launched a nationwide simultaneous tree-planting activity to celebrate the World Environment Day with the theme #OnlyOneEarth.PrimeWater branches from... Read More

DENR-5, volunteers plant 6K seedlings to mark Environment Month

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Environment Natural Resources in Bicol (DENR-5) together with volunteers and other stakeholders planted some 6,000 seedlings on Wednesday as part of the celebration of Environment Month.In a social media post on Thursday, Conservation and Development Division... Read More

Incoming Albay guv to complete mining site rehab

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay Governor-elect Noel Rosal said part of the agenda of his incoming administration is to look at and monitor the accomplishments in the rehabilitation of mining sites to make sure these are safe and beneficial to the surrounding communities.In an interview on Wednesday, he... Read More

Mayor to protect 2 whale sharks spotted off Mactan Island

CEBU CITY – They are not endemic in the Mactan Island waters but two whale sharks showed up in the seawater off Barangay Punta Engaño in Lapu-Lapu City, Mayor Junard Chan said on Monday.Chan said the appearance of the two giants, locally called “butanding”, amazed a group of... Read More

NegOcc’s award-winning wetlands area documented in photo exhibit

BACOLOD CITY – Photographs of the award-winning Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area (NOCWCA) shot by a group of local enthusiasts are featured in an exhibit as part of the 30th Provincial Environment Month celebration this June.On Thursday, the photo display of the NOCWCA,... Read More

Bataan launches 'bring your own food container' program

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The provincial government of Bataan has launched the “Bring your own Baunan” (BYOB) or bring your own food container program to show support for the observance of Philippine Environment Month this June.Governor Albert Garcia said on Thursday under the... Read More