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ILOCOS TOWN EYES 200-HECTARE GARLIC EXPANSION

LAOAG CITY -- Farmers in Piddig, Ilocos Norte are set to plant more garlic this year as the Department of Agriculture[...]

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PLASTICS CAN KILL SEA TURTLES, SAYS APO ISLAND EXEC

October 25, 2018 - 2:06 PM

DUMAGUETE CITY — A key official of the world-renowned Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (AIPLS) in Dauin, Negros Oriental on Wednesday urged the public to refrain from throwing plastics into the ocean as these can kill marine creatures, especially the endangered sea turtles.   Severino Partosa sounded the call following the recovery of a dead […]

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SECRET MARSHALS VS BORACAY LITTERBUGS URGED

October 23, 2018 - 5:44 PM

MANILA — An expert is proposing the deployment of secret marshals to enable the Malay local government unit (LGU), having jurisdiction over Boracay Island, to better address littering once the public resumes flocking to this top tourist destination this week. “Malay LGU can deploy marshals who will go around those beaches incognito to monitor possible littering […]

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10 PANGOLINS RESCUED FROM ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADER IN PALAWAN

October 23, 2018 - 5:41 PM

ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING:  Mugshot was being taken of suspect Danilo Demolar at the Taytay Municipal Police Station (MPS). He was arrested on Oct. 19 for possession of 10 live pangolins which he was supposed to sell to a Mindoro-based buyer. (Photo courtesy of Voltaire delos Angeles/CENRO Quick Response Team in Taytay) PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — A fisherman was […]

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DENR WANTS FULL FORCE OF LAW VS BORACAY LITTERBUGS

October 23, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is aghast over the trash found on Boracay’s beachfront during the first day of the reopening dry run that it wants the full force of the law applied against litterbugs. DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny Antiporda said that adopting a “zero tolerance […]

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WATER-SAVING FARM PRACTICES PROPOSED IN GOV’T ENVI AGENDA

October 22, 2018 - 9:02 PM

solar-power farm irrigation facility (Photo from Manny Piñol’s Facebook Page) MANILA — Incorporating water-saving farm practices in a country’s adaptation strategies is one vital intervention that governments can adopt to mitigate the impact of climate change. This was one measure recommended by Anand Patwardhan, research director of Global Commission on Adaptation, at the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change […]

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GROUP ASKS SC FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF LAW ON FISHING REGULATION

October 20, 2018 - 8:29 PM

MANILA— An environmental protection advocacy group on Friday asked the Supreme Court to compel the government to implement the provisions of the Fisheries Code’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for a system to monitor large fishing vessel and identify areas where fishing would be allowed. In its 55-page petition, the Oceana Philippines International, represented by […]

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DENR NOT KEEN ON CLOSING BAGUIO FOR REHAB LIKE BORACAY

October 20, 2018 - 8:31 PM

BAGUIO CITY— The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is not keen on closing Baguio to tourists to give way to a rehabilitation similar to what it did on Boracay island. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, in a press conference during his visit on Wednesday, said “Baguio is still Baguio, pupuntahan pa rin kayo ng mga […]

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NEGROS HEALTH OFFICE: DIRTY WATER MAY HAVE CAUSED FOOD POISONING

October 16, 2018 - 6:45 PM

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Negros Oriental has initially found contaminated water sources as the possible cause of food poisoning at a party in Santa Catalina town last October 4. Dr. Liland Estacion, IPHO chief, on Monday morning, however, said such finding was not conclusive yet and that they are still […]

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LANUZA BAY FACES RUIN DUE TO MINING

October 16, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Davao, Oct. 16 -Environment-watchdog Haribon Foundation is urging the government to implement strictly environmental laws before mangroves and the coastal habitat of marine organisms in Lanuza Bay, Surigao del Sur are destroyed due to sedimentation caused by mining companies.   “Due to sedimentation, the coastal habitat and the mangroves are now covered and destroyed. Fishes […]

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DENR CONDEMNS KILLING OF TWO ENVIRONMENT WORKERS IN ISABELA

October 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cagayan Valley region has condemned “in the strongest terms” the killing of two of its environment workers in the coastal town of Dinapigue in Isabela. The officers and employees, led by lawyer and regional executive director Gil Aromin, said in a media […]

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BILL ON MINING FISCAL REGIME HURDLES 2ND READING AT HOUSE

October 11, 2018 - 1:46 PM

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved on second reading a measure seeking to establish a fiscal regime for the mining industry. The Lower House passed via voice vote House Bill No. 8400, which seeks to rationalize and create a single fiscal regime applicable to all mineral agreements. This came two days after […]

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HUNDREDS OF CLANDESTINE SMALL-SCALE MINES IN ITOGON CLOSED

October 10, 2018 - 8:38 PM

BAGUIO CITY – The National Task Force on Mining Challenge (NTF-MC) continues to implement the Cease and Desist Order (CDO) of all small-scale mining activities in the region that was issued by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Sept. 17. Engineer Ralph Pablo, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Cordillera (DENR-CAR), in […]

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MISOR EYES ‘WHALE WATCHING’ AS NEW TOURISM ATTRACTION

October 10, 2018 - 10:06 AM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Misamis Oriental tourism office is planning to develop “whale watching” as a potential tourism attraction and a preservation effort for the species found in Macajalar Bay. Jeffrey Saclot, head of the provincial tourism office, said they are now in coordination with the Department of Tourism Region 10 (DOT-10) for the […]

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DOH WARNS OF HIGH DENGUE RISK IN BORACAY

October 9, 2018 - 11:38 AM

ILOILO CITY – – Boracay Island – composed of villages of Balabag, Manoc-manoc and Yapak in Malay, Aklan – is at high risk of dengue vectors, an official of the Department of Health in Western Visayas (DOH-6) said Monday. This was the result of the survey held last July 9-13, 2018 by the joint teams of […]

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LPA, EASTERLIES AFFECTING PH ON TUESDAY

October 9, 2018 - 11:03 AM

MANILA — Fair weather is expected on Tuesday as a low-pressure area (LPA) and the easterlies continue to affect the country. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 4 a.m. forecast that the LPA was last observed at 970 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan and the easterlies affecting the eastern sections […]

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DENR, MMSU TO DEVELOP NIPA NURSERY FOR PH GREENING PROGRAM

October 3, 2018 - 6:40 PM

MOA SIGNING FOR NIPA NURSERY. MMSU President Shirley Agrupis and representatives of DENR-Region 1 sign a MOA for the development of a 60-hectare nipa nursery in Region 1. (Photo courtesy of Marco Leo Magno, MMSU)   “Through this program, President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to reforest some 1.2 million hectares of denuded areas between 2017 and 2022 […]

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