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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.
TAGUM City is expanding the artificial coral reef within its 22-hectare marine-protected area (MPA), which it considers a big boost to the local fishermen’s productivity. Over the last decade, Tagum City has allocated over P10-million budget for its marine-conservation...
A man-made mangrove forest in Leganes, Iloilo province, is now becoming a magnet for birds, a variety of spawning fish species, mud crabs and other marine wildlife. The 15-hectare Katunggan Park in Barangays Gua-an and Nabitasan, which used to be...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) cited 14 individuals and institutions as “water champions” during simple rites at the Quezon City Sports Club in celebration of the Philippine Water Week and the World Water Day (WWD). Recognized for...
AN environmental group on Monday reiterated its appeal for the cancellation of mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs), which straddle watersheds in the Ilocos region. Sherwin de Vera, regional coordinator of the Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos), said the...
A group of islands—Gigantes Islands, or Islas de Gigantes in the municipality of Carles in Iloilo province—is known for its rich fishing ground. Lately, hordes of tourists in Carles visit Gigantes, which beauty was discovered by local and foreign tourists...
Following the Senate’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, where the Philippines committed to reduce its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission by 70 percent, the Duterte administration is eyeing to access a whopping $200 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), officials...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is pitching calls on the importance of water recycling by maintaining reliable and effective wastewater treatment, as it leads a weeklong activity to highlight the celebration of the World Water Day...
The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) on Monday slapped graft charges against Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez in connection with her controversial mine closure and suspension orders last month. The complaint was filed by COMP Chairman Art...
Low wages, job-skill mismatch, short-term contractualized work and unsafe workplaces are awaiting the estimated 1 million graduates in colleges and vocational schools this month, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said on Monday. “We don’t want...
THE Manila Mining Corp. (MMC) last Sunday belied allegations made by Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez the company’s mining operation caused water pollution. In a statement, MMC said Lopez’s statement against the company during the Commission on Appointments’s (CA) hearing on...
Ocean conservation and protection is gaining momentum in the Visayas, with various stakeholders coming together to stop illegal fishing in Tañon Strait, one of the country’s major fishing grounds and home to amazing creatures of the sea. Pitching the call...
Conclusion Water-resource management To prevent the further deterioration of the Abra River and the potential water-supply shortage in the future, the master plan came up with recommendations underscoring economic value in all its uses—promoting coordinated development and management of water,...
LEGANES, Iloilo—An expert in mangrove-forest conservation is urging the government to plant mangroves in abandoned and illegal-fish ponds, particularly in coastal areas. Dr. Jurgenne H. Primavera, chief mangrove scientific advisor for the Zoological Society of London, said the Philippines needs...
The government is planning to spend about P4 billion to create “green jobs” in three provinces affected by mine-closure orders issued by Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez. Around 30,000 households in the three provinces—Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur...
To enhance the protection and conservation of the country’s rich biological diversity, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch Protect Wildlife Project. A five-year, P1.2-billion project,...
ROCK ENERGY International Corp. Managing Director  Carl Fontanilla on Monday reiterated his appeal to Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez to allow the company to reopen its facility in Vitas, Tondo, Manila. In a statement, Rock Energy said the continued closure of its...
GIGANTES ISLANDS—Officials of Barangay Lantangan in the Municipality of Carles, Iloilo province, are now in a quandary after the Commission on Audit issued a “stop-payment order” for the barangay. Because of the order, officials of the biggest of four barangays...
First of Two Parts The government is pushing for integrated river management and development of the country’s major rivers to protect the country’s freshwater resources, and develop the country’s economic potential vis-à-vis the challenge posed by human pressure and changing...
SIPAWAY ISLAND—San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo V. Valmayor Jr. is eyeing to develop this small island as the next tourist destination in Negros Occidental. Sipaway Island is composed of two barangays and boasts of some of the province’s beautiful diving...
Illegal-fishing activities within  the Tañon Strait in Negros Occidental declined by 90 percent, after the government launched its intensified campaign against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,  and created Task Force Lawod in March 2014. “From an average of 100 fishing...