CCC welcomes $26.3-M grant to make transform PH agri sector

MANILA – The “Adapting Philippine Agriculture to Climate Change (APA)” secured approval for a grant of USD26.3 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to increase the resilience of rural agriculture men and women in climate vulnerable areas and transform the country’s... Read More

Owner of spilled oil in Mindoro urged to take responsibility

MANILA – Representatives of both civil society and the legal community on Tuesday challenged the true owners of the oil carried by MT Princess Empress to finally come forward and take responsibility for their roles in the unfolding environmental disaster.The tanker ran aground on Feb. 28 off... Read More

PH Army plants 126K fruit-bearing trees

MANILA – The Philippine Army (PA) showed its support for President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.'s campaign to plant 1 million fruit trees before the end of his term by planting 126,000 fruit-bearing trees in its various camps and bases nationwide.This came as the PA and the Department of... Read More

Climate change could cost Germany $956B by 2050, study finds

BERLIN – Climate change could cause economic damage of up to 900 billion euro (USD956 billion) in Germany by 2050, according to a study commissioned by the German Economy Ministry.The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOW), the Institute of Economic Structures Research (GWS), and... Read More

Scotland becomes 1st country to ban climate-harming anesthetic

LONDON – Scotland has become the first country in the world to ban the use of the anesthetic desflurane due to its harmful impact on the environment."Desflurane, used as an anaesthetic during surgery, has a global warming potential 2,500 times greater than carbon dioxide," the Scottish... Read More

CCC, Papal Nuncio eye climate cooperation

MANILA – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines have sought partnership to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country.This developed after CCC vice chairperson and executive director Robert Borje met with Papal Nuncio to the Philippines... Read More

CCC eyes IPs’ participation in climate action

MANILA – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Tuesday sought the involvement of the indigenous people (IP) communities in the government’s climate action.This, as CCC Commissioner Albert dela Cruz Sr. cited that IPs are among the “most vulnerable and severely-affected... Read More

CCC vows to raise disaster preparedness at nat’l, local levels

MANILA – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Thursday vowed to beef up preparedness in responding to disasters and other emergencies at the local and national levels through climate action initiatives.CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert Borje made this remark after the... Read More

CCC calls for unified effort to cushion impact of climate change

MANILA – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Tuesday expressed concern over a study which showed how dangerous climate feedback loops are increasing global warming and risk causing a permanent shift away from the Earth’s current climate.In a news release, CCC Commissioner Albert Dela... Read More

Del Carmen Mangrove Reserve headed for bigger things: CCC

MANILA – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Sunday lauded the Del Carmen Mangrove Reserve in Siargao -- one of the largest in the country spanning over 4,800 hectares -- for being recognized by the government as a Wetland of International Importance early this month.In a news release, CCC... Read More

House body OKs bill declaring Mt. Masaraga as protected area

LEGAZPI CITY – The Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives has approved House Bill (HB) 1405 which seeks to establish Mt. Masaraga in Albay as a protected area.In an interview on Friday, Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando T. Cabredo, the author of the bill, said Mt.... Read More

Over 11K waterbirds seen at Asian avian census in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Bicol (DENR-5) reported on Friday that over 11,000 waterbirds were sighted in the recently conducted Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) in different areas in the region.The AWC runs parallel to other international censuses of... Read More

7K mangroves planted on V-Day in Puerto Princesa City

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – More than 7,000 mangrove seedlings were planted on Tuesday in Sitio Bucana, Barangay Iwahig here with the resumption of the "Love Affair with Nature", the city’s way of celebrating Valentine's Day.Now on its 19th year, the event which was suspended for... Read More

Legazpi residents plant 3.5K trees to celebrate Valentine

LEGAZPI CITY – The city government here, with the participation of other government and non-government agencies, marked Valentine’s Day by planting at least 3,500 tree seedlings.Some 1,000 people representing various government agencies and the private sector joined the 17th “Lakad... Read More

Climate action in PH must address extreme, slow-onset events: CCC

MANILA – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Tuesday underscored the need for an immediate climate change action in the country to move towards the prevention of disasters, especially those that emerge gradually over time.“Climate action in the Philippines must address both extreme... Read More

Negros Oriental to restore mangrove forest boardwalk

DUMAGUETE CITY – Efforts are now underway to restore the boardwalk of a mangrove forest in Siaton town, Negros Oriental province that has deteriorated during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Provincial Tourism Unit (PTU) chief Myla Mae Bromo Abellana told the Philippine News... Read More

Church groups call for halt to mining ops in Romblon

MANILA – The Catholic Church has called for a stop to mining activities on Sibuyan Island in Romblon province.In a statement released by Caritas Philippines on Monday, the Church's humanitarian and advocacy arm, some dioceses and archdioceses, social action centers, and Caritas organizations... Read More

ASEAN mulls more wetlands as heritage parks

MANILA – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is looking to designate more wetlands as heritage parks to boost conservation efforts for this vital ecosystem.Wetlands, which include lagoons, mangroves, rivers, estuaries and lakes, help improve water quality, provide fish and... Read More

Scientific research vital in addressing climate change: CCC

MANILA – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Wednesday sought cooperation and collaboration with the local research community to ensure the country's success in the fight against climate change.During the 34th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights in Batac City, Ilocos... Read More

Cleanup boosts Pasig River's flood-carrying capacity

MANILA – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it expects its PHP2-billion Pasig River cleanup project to cross the 1 million metric tons threshold in silt and solid wastes removed by next month, as its dredging teams focus their efforts on both ends of the river -- the Manila Bay and Laguna Lake,... Read More