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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Medina, Misamis Oriental, is a quaint town quite unknown to people from Metro Manila, despite its rich biodiversity and enthralling beauty. Not much has been written about this gem, tucked in a shoreline in between more famous destinations Cagayan de Oro and Butuan. A half-an-hour ride away from Camiguin, Medina is...
The sighting of a killer whale in Puerto Galera, a town in Oriental Mindoro and a popular tourist destination in Luzon, has caught the attention of marine wildlife-conservation advocates. The fascinating marine mammal, about 7 meters long, was photographed and posted on Facebook (FB) through the account of Kai Tagaki,...
By Lilay Castillo & Monai Saguin A hero is an individual who is admired for extraordinary achievements, courage, or noble qualities. When asked who their heroes are, many people in the Philippines think of Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. Every country has heroes they look up to—King Naresuan the...
By Eirene C. Zaragoza | DOST-PCAARRD S&T Media Service Two projects on the protection of the integrity of the ecosystem funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) kicked off recently. Implemented under the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research...
A rift between US President Donald J. Trump and the rest of the Group-of-Seven (G-7) over his hard-line climate-change stance looks set to widen next month when leaders meet in Italy. Energy ministers from Canada, France, Germany and others members of the G-7 took the unusual step of declining to...
By Lilay Castillo In February 2017 a critically endangered orangutan was shot, chopped to pieces, and eaten by palm-oil plantation workers in Indonesia’s Kapuas Hulu district. The police arrested three workers after finding orangutan meat and bones in their cupboard. A few years back, a farmer from Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, shot and...
INTERNATIONAL non-governmental organization (NGO) RARE is making its mark in promoting sustainable fishing through local fisheries management in the Philippines. Through social marketing, local fisheries reform is taking place in RARE’s project sites, one coastal town at a time. With this, the protection and conservation of the country’s important fishing grounds,...
What is biodiversity? Ask people what they think it means, and chances are only a few can accurately define it. Fewer still can explain its significance to human survival. The immense communication gap between the biodiversity conservation community and the general public is a major factor hampering efforts to achieve...
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 fishponds, is now thickly covered with mangroves. From being an abandoned,...
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 through word of mouth in the course of relief operations...
A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee of experts has announced new records for the highest temperatures recorded in the Antarctic region, as part of continuing efforts to expand a database of extreme weather and climate conditions throughout the world. Knowledge and verification of such extremes is important in the study...
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has recently donated the use of its extensive global transportation network to ship a giant panda from the United States to Chengdu, China. The giant panda Bao Bao landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu Airport onboard FedEx B777Freighter—known as the FedEx Panda Express—from Washington, D.C., in the US. Upon arrival, the panda...
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, land and related resources within the Abra River Basin—without compromising...
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 climate. In 2012 the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),...
A farmers’ bamboo-propagation skills-building program has been carried out in Iloilo bamboo capital, Maasin town, as part of government’s target to plant bamboo on 3,898 hectares in Western Visayas. Farmers in Iloilo have started training on bamboo planting, having been encouraged of bamboo’s high return on investment and quicker payback...
THE Tañon Strait Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) executive committee approved the resolution to require the installation of monitoring technology in all commercial fishing vessels within the protected seascape. “We laud the move to require monitoring for all commercial fishing vessels along Tañon Strait. It is an effective tool to deter...
ON LAKE ATHANASIO, Louisiana—If you slurp oysters from the half-shell in New Orleans, you may be doing more than satisfying a culinary craving: You could be helping to construct reefs that environmental groups hope will save a bit of Louisiana’s coastline. Since 2014, restaurants have contributed nearly 2,600 tons...
Last week President Duterte ordered the creation of a tripartite committee to study the current log-ban policy and called an intensified campaign against illegal logging. The committee that will study the total log-ban policy is composed of the departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Agriculture (DA), and of the...
THE government has built a tree-seed center (TSC) in Minglanilla, within the 123-hectare Cebu Experimental Forest (CEF), to boost the germplasm for superior quality trees to ensure the sustainable supply of quality planting materials until 2028. The TSC within the CEF is the first in the Visayas. A similar TSC...
Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has ordered the closure of 23 mining operations and suspended five others for failing mining and environmental standards on February 2. According to Lopez, mining has only caused social injustice in many affected communities, as it causes massive environmental destruction and suffering to the...
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