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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.
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...
"Grossly undervalued” nickel ores are being exported by mining companies operating in the country, a geology expert revealed, as he called on the government and the private sector to explore the economic potential of mining scandium, a mineral also found in...
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on Thursday vowed to learn the ropes and earn the people’s respect as the country’s chief steward of the environment and natural resources. In a speech during the turnover ceremony at the Department of Environment...
Undersecretary for Mining Mario Luis J. Jacinto, the concurrent director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), on Tuesday said he is optimistic on working with retired Gen. Roy Cimatu following his appointment as Department of Environment and Natural...
Newly appointed Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu should include in his priority list a thorough review of the amendments made to mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) that allowed several miners to expand their mining tenements despite the mining moratorium during...
THE Masbate Gold Project (MGP), the single major producer of gold in the Bicol region, is bullish over its increased production and is eyeing an expansion of areas to extract more gold ores within its mining tenement. This year projected...
Environmental advocates were jubilant when President Duterte announced the appointment of Regina “Gina” Paz L. Lopez to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). For a change, they said an environmental advocate, more than a technocrat, will head the...
In the middle of a flooded forest, if the water is acidic and the color is somehow dark, like tea, it is not polluted. You may be in a peatland. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified...
  The Aquino administration allegedly violated its own moratorium on new mining deals when it allowed the areas covered by Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSAs) to increase by about 6 percent at the tail end of its term. Some of the MPSAs...
As the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) resumed public hearing on the interim appointments of three Cabinet secretaries on Tuesday, environmental groups reiterated their support behind Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez for the top Department of Environment and Natural Resources...
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez announced policy reforms related to forest, land, protected area and environmental management, days before facing again the Commission on Appointments (CA). Lopez’s proposed policy reforms were presented on Thursday, as Lopez herself admits she is...
Onboard a military helicopter, Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez showed journalists the damage caused by what is considered the worst mining disaster in the Philippines—and why she is against irresponsible mining. Lopez has repeatedly said she is not antimining...
Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez announced on Thursday a new policy banning the open-pit mining method for gold, copper, silver and complex ores, taking advantage of the “limited time” she has in office, as she sees another rejection...
MOGPOG, Marinduque—Mayor Augusto Leo M. Livelo is determined to turn an abandoned copper mine in this town into an ecotourism spot. With the town’s limited resources, however, Livelo said he is banking on national government help and support, first by...