Environment

Cagayan town to launch reforestation project in underground river

Cagayan town to launch reforestation project in underground river

July 8, 2019, 6:48 pm

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- The scenic Duba underground river and cave in Barangay San Miguel, Baggao town in Cagayan will be the launching venue of an ambitious reforestation project of the municipal government in September this year. Baggao Mayor Joan Dunuan said the venue is a fitting site for the… Read More

Young artists advocate seagrass protection via exhibit

Young artists advocate seagrass protection via exhibit

July 6, 2019, 12:20 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – Two young budding artists here are collaborating with environmental groups in the push for the protection of seagrass through an art exhibit dubbed Life-Giving Seagrass Educational Art Project. The artworks of Dumaguete-based artists Cil Flores and Angelo delos Santos are on… Read More

Group mulls legal action vs. incinerators

Group mulls legal action vs. incinerators

July 5, 2019, 7:50 pm

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

Groups reiterate creation of separate agency for fisheries

July 4, 2019, 7:25 pm

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… Read More

Another monsoon break tempers ailing Angat Dam's inflow

Another monsoon break tempers ailing Angat Dam's inflow

July 2, 2019, 6:01 pm

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

EO aims to accelerate farmers’ rainwater harvesting

June 27, 2019, 6:40 pm

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) Soil… Read More

Divers, tourists urged to become marine protectors in Camiguin

Divers, tourists urged to become marine protectors in Camiguin

June 26, 2019, 12:44 pm

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 sea… Read More

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

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

June 25, 2019, 7:22 pm

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

Students dared to take active stand on environmental issues

June 24, 2019, 7:38 pm

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

DENR-NCR eyes greening alliance with public schools

June 24, 2019, 5:32 pm

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… Read More

DENR leads inspection of sanitary landfill in Bulacan

DENR leads inspection of sanitary landfill in Bulacan

June 21, 2019, 7:18 pm

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 director… Read More

Watershed deforestation blamed for water crisis in Metro Manila

Watershed deforestation blamed for water crisis in Metro Manila

June 20, 2019, 3:15 pm

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 ay… Read More

Developing ‘green’ economy through PPP

Developing ‘green’ economy through PPP

June 18, 2019, 3:43 pm

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 Ferdinand… Read More

NegOr groups seek proactive stance on environmental issues

NegOr groups seek proactive stance on environmental issues

June 17, 2019, 4:36 pm

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

Thousands of trees planted in Nueva Ecija watershed

June 15, 2019, 4:43 pm

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

DENR eyes 'deploying' PH Eagles to US

June 14, 2019, 7:33 pm

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… Read More

Waste import ban can spur new income streams

Waste import ban can spur new income streams

June 10, 2019, 5:35 pm

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’

PRRC finds news article on waterways rehab projects ‘misleading’

June 4, 2019, 3:42 pm

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

UN chief urges action vs. dirty air, climate change

June 4, 2019, 12:34 pm

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… Read More

DENR readies order banning waste importation

DENR readies order banning waste importation

June 3, 2019, 6:05 pm

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