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Conclusion WITH a limited budget and a great need to boost programs to protect and conserve the ocean, the government is revisiting its coral reef-rehabilitation strategy. Instead of just transplanting corals and installing artificial coral reefs, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is looking at expanding and strengthening protection...
Part Three THE Philippines is known to have the most number of protected areas among Southeast Asian countries with its National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) Act in place. The country has 240 protected areas (PAs), 70 of which are considered marine protected areas (MPAs). Strictly speaking, however, it only has a...
Part Two WILFREDO LICUANAN, a professor and fellow at the De La Salle University, said the world’s oceans are suffering from three global threats: climate change, solid waste and sewage pollution and overfishing. These threats, he said, are experienced in the most remote areas and even in relatively pristine areas,...
WHEN ocean explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau visited the Philippines in September last year, she told journalists the world’s oceans are in trouble. The Philippines, Cousteau said, is no exception. She could not have described the situation any better. The country’s coastal and marine ecosystems are degraded, and efforts to protect...
Conclusion IN  reality, very few  Sharia courts are in operation. However, there is a clear standout in Tawi-Tawi. In Tawi-Tawi, the southwesternmost island province of the country, the sole Sharia court is in Bongao. “But even its look is appalling,” said Radzma J. Jamiri, one of five Sharia lawyers in the area...
Part Two ACCORDING to the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), decisions of the Sharia district courts may be brought before the Supreme Court (SC) by way of civil action. This process is cited by Rule 65 of the Rules of Court and undertaken if there is question of jurisdiction, or...
THE creation of Sharia courts through Presidential Decree (PD) 1083 was significant. Otherwise known as Code of Muslim Personal Laws, PD 1083 was a significant recognition that Muslim Personal Laws, as the legal system of the Muslims in the country, is part of the law of the land that...
Conclusion THE bicameral committee reports ratified by the House before it went on adjournment sine die last week include House Bill (HB) 5513 and Senate Bill (SB) 14, or “An Act Adjusting the Amounts or the Value of Property on which a Penalty is Based, and the Fines Imposed Under...
Part Two THE passage of the tax bill at the Lower House is set against several political controversies that have almost created a severe divide among lawmakers. Such threat of fissure casts a grim pallor over the legislative agenda of President Duterte, who is grappling with a deadly antidrug campaign and...
Part One THE House of Representatives has shown seriousness in pushing its ambitious legislative agenda, which will be used as tools “to effect meaningful and genuine change”. With the help of the supermajority, Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said the two Houses’ priority measures would be passed into law before the...
Conclusion THEY were the cash source of last resort. Today, pawnshops are treated differently. “Filipinos then think of pawnshops as their last resort to obtain credit and solve their financial difficulties,” Central Bank Deputy Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. told the BusinessMirror in response to a query. “Today, pawnshops offer multiservice,...
Part Two A report by Ken Research Private Ltd. published in April last year asserted pawnshops primarily serve the interest of the lower-income and middle-income classes of Filipino society. “Their remittance and easy credit requirements since this population cluster constitutes the unbanked members of the population,” said the report, titled “Philippines...
THE pawnshop industry in the Philippines is expected to grow in the next few years, adapting to changes that the age of Internet and digital technology present. According to a report by Luis Buenaventura of Quartz Media Llc., the Internet is revolutionizing the pawnshop industry, specifically in the Southeast Asian...
Conclusion BADILLA’S Aviary, located in Parañaque City, is presently housing some 200 pairs of birds and almost the same number of newly hatched babies or young birds. The aviary owned by the Badilla brothers, Billy and Bob, employs a full-time veterinarian, who is also a bird enthusiast. It also maintains a...
Part One WHILE possible shortage on chicken- meat production first comes to mind whenever an outbreak of avian influenza is detected, the effect is also felt by a little known but equally lucrative industry—breeding of African lovebirds. Owing to its tropical climate, the Philippines is an ideal breeding ground for the...
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is projecting visitor arrivals in Western Visayas to reach 5.5 million in 2017, or an increase of about 5.8 percent from last year’s 5.2 million arrivals. Lawyer Helen Catalbas, DOT regional director for Region 6 (Western Visayas), told the BusinessMirror the increase in visitor arrivals...
In a bid to streamline projects under the “Build, Build, Build” scheme, President Duterte has created a separate Cabinet cluster mandated to enhance the delivery of public infrastructure. Duterte, through Executive Order (EO) 24, approved the formation of the infrastructure cluster in the Cabinet clusters system. The group is to...
Conclusion LAWYER Sophia Monica V. San Luis from Imagine Law, a civil-society organization advocating for road safety, believes that infrastructure will also play a key role in ensuring that Philippine roads are safe for both pedestrians and drivers. “As a rule, roads should be designed with the safety of all road...
Part Two SIX years ago the government implemented the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan (PRSAP) with a view to slash road- crash deaths by 50 percent through 2020. The blueprint has five pillars, the first being improvement of road-safety management. The second pillar calls for safer roads. The second pillar entails...
Part One THE road to ensure the safety of the roads in the Philippines is paved with good intentions. However, intentions are not good enough to concretize this goal. More than half a decade into the implementation of a road-safety blueprint, the country is still struggling to cut road accidents by...
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