Illegal fishing, commercial fishers still abound in Tañon Strait

Dynamite and cyanide fishing, and commercial fishing operations still abound in Tañon Strait, the country’s largest marine protected area between Cebu and Negros islands.

These were the findings of a recent seven-day expedition conducted by Oceana, the world's biggest international NGO focused on marine conservation.

“The team has gathered valuable information, and testimonies of small fisherfolk and local barangay and municipal officials, confirming that illegal fishing activities, particularly dynamite and cyanide fishing, and commercial vessels are operating with impunity in Tañon Strait,” said lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines.

“The Oceana expedition team went on a painstaking…

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Legarda to launch ‘Summit of Conscience for the Climate’

In a bid to make the Philippines a frontliner in the fight against climate change and its impacts, Senator Loren Legarda will lead the launch of the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Manila, on October 9, 2015, 9 am, at the Philippine Senate.
Legarda, who is also the UNISDR Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, said the Summit aims to raise the consciousness of Filipinos that climate change is a personal issue affecting every citizen, and to challenge each one to act arising from one’s individual conscience.
“Climate change is perhaps the greatest…

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The global warming slowdown is an illusion

Global warming has not slowed. The so-called hiatus remains just that – so-called. The world is warming as predicted and any apparent evidence that it is not doing so is a statistical illusion, according to US scientists.
They report in the journal Climatic Change that they applied “rigorous, comprehensive, statistical analysis” to the global temperature data and came up with this unequivocal conclusion.
And although normally scientists like to spell out the caveats, the margins of error and the uncertainties in their conclusions, the team gets to the point with unprecedented firmness.
“We find compelling evidence that recent claims of…

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SPEECH: Legarda Urges APEC For Disaster Risk Program

Speech of Senator Loren Legarda*
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Philippines 2015
9th Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum
22 September 2015 | Iloilo City, Philippines

*(Delivered by Commissioner Emmanuel de Guzman, Climate Change Commission)


It is my distinct honor and pleasure to speak before senior disaster management officials of the Asia-Pacific economies.

Foremost, we express our solidarity with the nation of Chile and commiserate with those who lost their loved ones in the recent 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit the country. But we also admire this nation for heavily investing in resilient infrastructure, imposing stringent building codes, and continuously improving on their…

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Saving Tañon Strait


It was a case of a "better-late-than-never."
It took 17 years before government agencies, local government units, academe and NGOs have convened a stakeholders’ summit to save the beauty and bounty of Tañon Strait, as it was in 1988, when former President Fidel V. Ramos signed Presidential Proclamation No. 1234, declaring Tañon Strait as a national “Protected Seascape.”
The results of the summit were encouraging.
After three days of presentations and discussions, from February 10 to 12, 2015, in Cebu City, about 400 participants crafted a “Tañon Declaration,” convened the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) Protected Area Management…

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