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Jonathan L. Mayuga is journalist for more than 15 years. He is a product of the University of the East – Manila. An awardee of the J. G. Burgos Biotech Journalism Awards, BrightLeaf Agricultural Journalism Awards, Binhi Agricultural Journalism Awards, and Sarihay Environmental Journalism Awards.
WITH a population of more than 100 million, the Philippines is faced with the challenge of ensuring water security. Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco, underscoring the need to protect the country’s freshwater source, recently unveiled the...
THE cutting of trees, especially in the country’s remaining virgin forests, should be stopped even within or near mining tenements, environmental group Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE) said. Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan-PNE, said Roy A. Cimatu should...
AN official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday lauded congressional moves to consolidate two bills that seek to expand the coverage of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) Act to fast-track the bill’s...
Oceana Philippines, an ocean-conservation advocacy group, is pushing for the legal and ecological protection of Philippine Rise as a marine-protected area. The group also wants the Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the Philippine Rise, to be declared as a...
TO ensure a just, inexpensive and expeditious determination of agrarian cases, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has amended its rules on adjudication of cases involving agrarian law implementation (ALI). Agrarian Reform  Secretary Rafael V. Mariano signed the 2017 Rules...
Can mining be done responsibly? Can mining go “green”? More important, can communities benefit from large-scale mining operations? For mining-affected communities in Aroroy, Masbate province, anything is possible. Valentin Alonzo, chairman of Barangay Syndicate and president of the Association of Barangay...
Various Philippine stakeholders echoed the call for the protection and conservation of the country’s unique wildlife and ecosystem, amid threats that lead to the rapid rate of biodiversity loss. In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, various stakeholders,...
A lawmaker on Wednesday called on participants to the First National Biodiversity Congress to take Congress leaders to the task of increasing financing for biodiversity in the Philippines. In a speech, Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Y. Sato said the...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is expected to put in place tighter security protocol for the protection of the agency’s officials and employees. The DENR, through a memorandum, reminded employees to strictly observe existing security protocol prohibiting...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has placed the country’s ecosystem and biodiversity values at P2.309 trillion, P1.416 trillion of which are from agricultural or crop production’s ecosystem service. The Philippine ecosystem and biodiversity values take into account...
The development of the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), a 175-hectare area considered as the “last coastal frontier” or the “last natural bastion in Metro Manila”, will be getting a much- needed financial boost. The Tourism Infrastructure...
Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said the Duterte administration should legalize small-scale mining in the Philippines. Interviewed before her keynote speech during the First National Biodiversity Congress at the Crown Plaza Hotel...
IPILAN Nickel Corp. (INC), a subsidiary of Global Ferronickel Inc. (FNI), on Monday said its tree-cutting activities within its mining tenement in Palawan is compliant with environmental laws, rules and regulations. Ipilan’s tree-cutting activities were ordered to be stopped...
Established in 2002, the Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary, a local marine-protected area (MPA) in Masbate City, province of Masbate, is now considered a certified “tourist magnet” and one of the top ecotourism destinations in the Bicol region. Once in the...

Bicol ‘gold rush’

Small-scale miners continue to literally reap gold from this highly lucrative trade, and there’s no stopping the so-called gold rush in known mineral-rich areas, like Aroroy and Paracale, in the Bicol region. Miners have barely scratched the surface of the...
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III may have benefited from his pro-mining stance that undermines the crackdown on irresponsible mining operations launched by former Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez. This was stressed on Thursday by environmental group Kalikasan-People’s Network for the...
THE cutting of thousands of trees in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, has pertinent permit issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Global Ferronickel Holdings Inc. (FNI) said. Dante Bravo, president of FNI, said the company’s affiliate, Ipilan...
Miners of nickel, previously the top mineral export of the country with a 60-percent share in total shipment abroad, are looking at a strong rebound for the rest of the year, with newly appointed Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu...
AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael V. Mariano is counting on President Duterte’s help to ensure the smooth and trouble-free installation of members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (Marbai) at their Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-awarded lands in Tagum...
President Duterte’s appointment of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Roy Cimatu as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday has put an end to speculations on who will replace...