Environment

Maasin diocese vows to promote, expand use of renewable energy

Maasin diocese vows to promote, expand use of renewable energy

June 23, 2020, 5:07 pm

MANILA – The Diocese of Maasin in Southern Leyte on Tuesday said the recognition by the Vatican of its effort to preserve the environment will encourage them to promote the use of solar energy and help conserve the environment. “This news encourages us more to expand the use of renewable… Read More

Vatican recognizes Maasin diocese for switch to solar energy

Vatican recognizes Maasin diocese for switch to solar energy

June 22, 2020, 3:50 pm

MANILA – The Vatican has acknowledged a diocese in central Philippines for switching to solar energy, a first in the history of the Catholic Church. According to an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website on Monday, the Holy See, in a 265-page… Read More

Covid-19, deforestation cripple life in Amazon

Covid-19, deforestation cripple life in Amazon

June 21, 2020, 6:58 pm

ANKARA – While deforestation in the Amazon rainforests continues, the lives of indigenous people are at greater risk as the mortality rate from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is already double that of Brazil's population. On World Rainforest Day, celebrated annually on June 22 to raise… Read More

Covid-19 adds to adversity for climate refugees

Covid-19 adds to adversity for climate refugees

June 21, 2020, 2:26 pm

ANKARA – Already facing a legally undefined status, climate refugees must now contend with a shortage of decent medical care, as well as closed borders and international travel restrictions, making their lives excessively difficult during the global pandemic. Climate refugees, environmental… Read More

Responding to climate change amid pandemic

Responding to climate change amid pandemic

June 20, 2020, 3:05 pm

MANILA – Addressing climate change has been sidelined as governments around the world focus on fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The pandemic has made leaders imposed lockdown measures to contain the virus. There were suspensions of some business operations including factories,… Read More

DENR warns public vs. online illegal wildlife trade

DENR warns public vs. online illegal wildlife trade

June 18, 2020, 6:16 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office here warned the public against the buying and selling of wildlife through social media. This, after operatives of the DENR and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized last week a juvenile… Read More

World looks to innovation for sustainable oceans

World looks to innovation for sustainable oceans

June 8, 2020, 8:24 pm

ANKARA – On the occasion of World Oceans Day, the role of the oceans -- which provide the oxygen we breathe, food, as well as regulate the climate -- will be celebrated online Monday with the theme "Innovation for Sustainable Ocean". Covering approximately 70 percent of the Earth's surface and… Read More

Cimatu orders probe on discoloration of Manila Bay

Cimatu orders probe on discoloration of Manila Bay

March 30, 2020, 11:46 am

MANILA — Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has ordered an investigation of the hotels and establishments in the Manila Bay area after discoloration on the waters of the bay was observed last Thursday.“We suspect that this sudden color change from the previous dark blue to turquoise blue is… Read More

China's 5-year plan to be crucial on climate change

China's 5-year plan to be crucial on climate change

March 25, 2020, 2:10 pm

ANKARA — China's 14th five-year plan (FYP) to go into effect in 2021 will be one of the world's most important documents for global efforts to fight climate change, according to a report released on Tuesday. While local and global efforts continue to increasingly curb climate change across the… Read More

Bataan sanitary landfill ordered temporarily closed

Bataan sanitary landfill ordered temporarily closed

February 20, 2020, 8:28 pm

HERMOSA, Bataan -- Mayor Antonio Joseph Inton padlocked on Thursday the province’s only sanitary landfill facility (SLF) for alleged violation of environmental laws. The mayor personally served the closure order to Econest Waste Management Corporation, operator of the Hermosa sanitary landfill… Read More

Developer commits to Manila Bay rehab via waterways cleanup

Developer commits to Manila Bay rehab via waterways cleanup

February 18, 2020, 6:34 pm

MANILA --As part of the company’s efforts of promoting environmental protection and sustainable eco-development, Quadruple-A developer DMCI Homes has reaffirmed its commitment to support the government’s Manila Bay rehabilitation project through the cleanup of Metro Manila’s waterways. DMCI… Read More

Taguig shows love for environment via 'zero waste plan'

Taguig shows love for environment via 'zero waste plan'

February 15, 2020, 1:13 pm

MANILA -- Love makes the world go round. But as climate change and related issues continue to break the heart of the planet, people, governments and institutions make small but meaningful moves to fix and heal it. On Valentine's Day, the city government of Taguig strengthened its resolve to… Read More

Program prods students to teach parents on waste management

Program prods students to teach parents on waste management

January 31, 2020, 10:01 am

MANILA -- Education begins at home. While this concept generally means parents should set an example for their children in many aspects of life, it can be the other way around, particularly in terms of caring for the environment. This was the aim of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Taguig… Read More

DENR documents 8.9K waterbird species in S. Kudarat wetland

DENR documents 8.9K waterbird species in S. Kudarat wetland

January 30, 2020, 6:15 pm

COTABATO CITY -- Environment officials have monitored thousands of waterbird species freely moving around the wetlands of Sultan Kudarat province. Dr. Sabdullah C. Abubacar, executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 12 (Soccsksargen), said the high number of… Read More

Archdiocese of Cebu to hold environmental confab

Archdiocese of Cebu to hold environmental confab

January 29, 2020, 9:01 pm

CEBU CITY – To put religious perspective in the global environmental conservation effort, the Roman Catholic Church in Cebu is set to hold a convention on climate emergency. Archbishop Jose Palma on Wednesday announced that the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concerns (CACEC) will… Read More

More materials recovery facilities eyed for Dumaguete villages

More materials recovery facilities eyed for Dumaguete villages

January 28, 2020, 12:48 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – The city government here through its Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) is looking at establishing additional Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the barangays to help address the growing problem of garbage disposal in the city. The mayor is appealing for the… Read More

Pampanga villagers taught to beat plastic pollution

Pampanga villagers taught to beat plastic pollution

January 24, 2020, 7:51 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Some 600 residents in this city joined the “Refill Revolution” and trooped to the Poblacion Basketball Court in Barangay Sto. Rosario here, bringing recycled plastic bottles and containers, which were refilled with condiments and household products. “Refill… Read More

Awake from a long slumber: Taal Volcano eruption

Awake from a long slumber: Taal Volcano eruption

January 22, 2020, 3:20 pm

MANILA -- It was a typical Sunday for most Filipinos on January 12 when the Taal Volcano in Batangas province began spewing ashes in the afternoon. Alert Level 3 was raised only about two hours after Alert Level 2 was announced. By 7:30 p.m., authorities raised the Alert Level 4 status, meaning… Read More

Albay village execs told to abide by waste management policies

Albay village execs told to abide by waste management policies

January 17, 2020, 9:33 pm

DARAGA, Albay -- The Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) here has warned all barangay captains against non-adherence to the strict implementation of waste management programs, particularly the "no segregation, no collection" policy. Henry Jacob, MENRO chief, in a meeting… Read More

Taal Volcano ashfall seen to replenish soil nutrients

Taal Volcano ashfall seen to replenish soil nutrients

January 15, 2020, 6:00 pm

MANILA -- Despite the PHP577.59-million worth of agricultural damage caused by Taal Volcano eruption in Calabarzon, the ashfall spewed by the restive volcano still has a benefit because it replenishes the nutrients of the soil, improving its fertility in the long run, the Department of Agriculture… Read More