Linking arms to protect Tañon Strait

That was exactly what the stakeholders from government and civil society did to symbolize their solidarity during the 17th anniversary of the creation of Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), on May 27, 2015.

Their show of unity was rendered more meaningful with the inauguration of a TSPS Protected Area office, located in a mangrove-filled islet, in Barangay Malhiao, Badian, a southwestern coastal town in Cebu.

The nipa-roofed bungalow used to be a coastal environment office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 7 (DENR-7). It was blessed by Fr. Tito Soquino, an ecological evangelization leader and co-founder of “Knight-Stewards…

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Oceana releases ‘Love Letter to Tañon Strait’

The letter — which is actually a 24-page glossy colored magazine — tells readers what and where Tañon Strait is, its beauty and bounty, its ‘residents’ composed not just of people but of dolphins, whales, dugong or sea cows and fishes, and its many challenges and threats.

It is a romantic rendition of a plea — combined with exquisite photographs of the many marine species the Strait hosts — to inspire and persuade readers, particularly stakeholders, advocates, local officials and policy makers, to contribute their share to protecting and saving the largest marine protected area in the Philippines.

Written and…

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Conservationist group pays tribute to slain ally

A group of fishery and environment advocates recently gave tribute to their staunch ally, Gerlie Menchie Alpajora, who was mercilessly gunned down, on July 29, 2015, while sleeping beside her two young sons, in their home in Barangay Bongalon, Sangay, Camarines Sur,

Alpajora was killed apparently for reporting to local police persons involved in dynamite fishing and other forms of illegal fishing activities in their town, according to Nonie Enolva, public information officer (PIO) of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Bicol region.

“We were in great shock, anger and grief upon learning the tragic death of…

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Police authorities in Bicol have arrested more illegal fishers than in previous years.

Statistics from Philippine National Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) show they arrested 2,698 persons engaged in illegal fishing in 2014, more than four-fold in 2013, when only 627 arrests were made.

Of the illegal fishers arrested, 2,027 have been jailed and charged in court, while 64 fishing vessels were seized in Masbate and Sorsogon, said former PRO5 Director Victor P. Deona.

Before leaving his post, Deona has directed all PRO5 provincial and municipal commanders to further strengthen their campaign against illegal fishing in Bicol.

He also instructed the PNP provincial director commander in Camarines Sur, PSSupt Walfredo Pornillos, to speed up the investigation on the death of Gerlie Menchie Alpajora.

Deona has been promoted as chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. He served as PRO5 chief since 2013. He was succeeded by PSSupt Romulo Alimbaba Esteban, as OIC. (With reports from Rhaydz Barcia, Manila Times)

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Greater cooperation needed to achieve inclusive development in Asia-Pacific

Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje on Sunday called for greater cooperation among 21 member-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to unlock the full potential of the so-called "blue economy" and achieve inclusive growth in the region.

"We envision a regional cooperation to narrow the gap in economic development of our economies while sustaining growth with equity," Paje said in his opening remarks during the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Blue Economy at the Iloilo International Convention Center, in Iloilo City.

The forum, scheduled from October 4-5, is co-hosted by the Department of Environment and…

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