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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.
THE Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas  (Pamalakaya) last Thursday lauded Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte -Carpio for rejecting the Mega Harbour Project, a massive land-reclamation project approved by her father, President Duterte during his stint as city mayor. The project...
An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last Sunday lauded the committee on natural resources of the House of Representatives for approving the consolidated bill that seeks to expand the coverage and give more teeth to the...
Some P50 million worth of “hot logs” will be donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rehabilitation of Marawi City. Director Nonito Tamayo of the DENR’s Forest Management Bureau (FMB) said Environment Secretary Roy A....
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu last Monday vowed to uphold at least one policy pronouncement made by his predecessor, Regina Paz L. Lopez—declaring watersheds “off-limits” to mining operations. Watersheds are home to a diverse species of plants and animals, including...
THE Ayala-led Manila Water Co. recently signed a joint-venture agreement (JCA) with the Calasiao Water District to improve water supply and boost the economic potentials of the municipality of Calasiao, Pangasinan. The 25-year JVA with the Calasiao Water District covers...
Environmental and anti-mining group Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE) on Wednesday said mining companies are unlikely to adhere to Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s call for biodiversity integration in their operations. “There is a natural conflict between exploitation and...
The appointment of Roy A. Cimatu as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has caused considerable delay in the ongoing review of the mine closure and suspension orders by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC). Interviewed...
METROPOLITAN Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco on Tuesday underscored the successful privatization of water service through public-private partnerships (PPP) with Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. Inc. In a statement, Velasco said the PPP framework was...
The review of mine closure and suspension orders is still ongoing to give teams ample time to assess the legality of the controversial orders handed down by former Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez as part of her crackdown...
TO fight graft and corruption within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is tapping the “expertise” of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), with its members acting as “assets and informants”, spying...
Local government officials in central Philippines want the Visayan Sea to be designated as a fisheries management area (FMA) so it could be protected from illegal fishing and destructive fishing practices. Governors and mayors belonging to “Guardians of the Visayan...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is expected to announce at a news briefing on Monday the fate of mining projects that are facing possible cancellation. The news briefing, which will also highlight the DENR’s partnership with the...
Sherwin de Vera, a vocal critic of destructive development projects, said he was not surprised when he was told by family and friends that a group of suspicious-looking men were looking for him on the University of Northern Philippines...
Apparently taking the cue from President Duterte, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on Tuesday vowed to prioritize environmental protection over mining interest. In a news statement released on Wednesday, Cimatu said Duterte made a very strong point in his second...
The country’s top environment official on Wednesday called for stronger cooperation among member-countries of the Asean, which is home to more than 600 million people. In a statement issued for the ongoing 28th meeting of the Asean Senior Officials of...
THE Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday warned the Philippine military against committing what it calls “war crimes” as it chided President Duterte’s threat to bomb tribal schools. “By calling for an attack on schools, Duterte is directing the military...
President Duterte’s strong statement against irresponsible mining, environmental destruction and climate change during his second State of the  Nation Address (Sona) on Monday drew various reactions, with environmental groups welcoming his policy pronouncements, while erstwhile supporters and admirers are...
While antimining stakeholders welcome President Duterte’s push for a new mining law, Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez’s plan to require mining companies to secure legislative franchise before being allowed to operate is not getting any support. The Chamber of Mines of...
FORMER President and now Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada and other local officials are facing administrative and criminal charges for violating several environmental laws for dumping waste in the waters of Manila Bay for its publicity stunt last Friday. “Our...
If you see stray dogs or cat in your neighborhood, call the city pound. But if it’s a wild animal like an eagle, a python, or by chance, a monkey or a marine turtle, whether it is roaming free...