Group mulls legal action vs. incinerators

MANILA –An environmental alliance said on Friday it plans to sue the country’s local chief executives who will build and operate waste incinerators.Republic Act 8749 (Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999) prohibits waste-burning so local officials must not insist on building and operating... Read More

Groups reiterate creation of separate agency for fisheries

MANILA -- Environmentalists, scientists, and civil society groups reiterated on Wednesday the need for the creation of a separate government agency to give more attention to and support for the sustainable development of the country's fisheries and aquatic resources."As the Philippines transition to... Read More

Another monsoon break tempers ailing Angat Dam's inflow

MANILA –Metro Manila’s main water source, the Angat Dam, may still gain some water this week despite the continued scantiness of rain in the course of another monsoon break.Previous rains flowing over the Angat watershed and draining into the dam, as well as precipitation from... Read More

EO aims to accelerate farmers’ rainwater harvesting

MANILA–A planned executive order (EO) seeks to help improve availability of water for growing crops and livestock nationwide.“We’re drafting that EO to accelerate use of rainwater harvesting in agricultural areas of the country,” Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM)... Read More

Divers, tourists urged to become marine protectors in Camiguin

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin – To preserve the flourishing marine flora and fauna here, the provincial government of this island is urging divers and tourists to help them in preventing the destruction of its coral reefs.Outgoing Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said visitors to the province, especially... Read More

'Dodong' unlikely to boost Angat Dam's water prospects

MANILA --Reserves in Metro Manila's main water source Angat Dam will likely remain below the critical level this week even if the low-pressure area (LPA) east of Luzon, where the dam is located, already developed into tropical depression (TD) "Dodong" that will enhance the rain-bearing southwest... Read More

Students dared to take active stand on environmental issues

DUMAGUETE CITY – Environmental advocates challenged more than 700 students from the different schools here on Monday to take a pro-active stand on issues related to the environment as their future is largely at stake with the impacts of global warming and climate change.During the GeoSkwela... Read More

DENR-NCR eyes greening alliance with public schools

MANILA --The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) plans to partner with public primary, secondary and tertiary schools on growing plants in their respective campuses around this megalopolis where green space for healthy urban living is already below the... Read More

DENR leads inspection of sanitary landfill in Bulacan

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday led the inspection of an engineered sanitary landfill in Norzagaray town, this province following reports of alleged violation of environmental laws.Tirso Parian Jr., DENR assistant regional... Read More

Watershed deforestation blamed for water crisis in Metro Manila

NORZAGARAY, Bulacan— The Sagip Sierra Madre Environmentalist Society Inc., an environmentalist group based in this province, has cited deforestation of watersheds as the major culprit of water supply shortage in Metro Manila.“Ang dahilan ng pagkaubos ng tubig sa dam na siya nating tubig... Read More

Developing ‘green’ economy through PPP

MANILA -- The country’s transition towards a green economy is getting a much-needed boost with the significant financial resources from the private sector in “green” projects.At the recent 2019 Asia-Pacific High-Level Forum on Green Economy in Bangkok, Thailand, Undersecretary... Read More

NegOr groups seek proactive stance on environmental issues

DUMAGUETE CITY -- Environmental groups in Dumaguete City and the province of Negros Oriental are clamoring for a more proactive and firm stand among communities, with regard to reclamation projects and other issues related to the environment.This, as environmental groups War on Waste (WOW),... Read More

Thousands of trees planted in Nueva Ecija watershed

GEN. TINIO, Nueva Ecija -- Some 3,000 narra and mahogany seedlings were planted Friday in the watershed of a newly-built dam, in the vicinity of the Sierra Madre mountain range in this province.The massive tree-planting activity was spearheaded by the National Irrigation Administration - Upper... Read More

DENR eyes 'deploying' PH Eagles to US

MANILA –The environment department may soon expand to the US its bid to conserve the Philippine Eagle (scientific name Pithecophaga jefferyi), the endemic but critically endangered national bird.Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu raised the possibility... Read More

Waste import ban can spur new income streams

MANILA –Livelihood and investment opportunities are possible nationwide from the planned environment department’s ban on Philippine importation of recyclable waste.Such ban will create demand for local recyclables that will replace import cements and power plants use as fossil fuel... Read More

PRRC finds news article on waterways rehab projects ‘misleading’

MANILA -- The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) on Tuesday corrected what it called a misleading article posted by online news site Rappler on June 2 regarding the use of funds for the rehabilitation of waterways in Metro Manila.PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia said the... Read More

UN chief urges action vs. dirty air, climate change

MANILA --United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on countries worldwide to come up with initiatives that will help address air pollution and climate change-driving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."My message to governments is clear: tax pollution, end fossil fuel subsidies... Read More

DENR readies order banning waste importation

MANILA –The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is tightening its grip on garbage -- including recyclables -- shipped into the Philippines."We'll prepare a department order banning all garbage coming from any other country," DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu announced Monday,... Read More

PRRD calls for accountability on effects of climate change

MANILA-- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday called for accountability on the global effects of climate change."The Philippines joined the global consensus to fight climate change. We hope that this consensus would hold and real action be undertaken, especially by those most responsible for this... Read More

Rains fail to raise Angat Dam's water level

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- Despite the mild to strong rains being experienced in the late afternoon and early evening in Bulacan in the past days, the water elevation at Angat Dam continues to drop.Data from the Provincial Public Affairs Office (PPAO) of Bulacan showed that the water elevation at... Read More