Canada should take back its waste

“Taking back their waste is the only option,” said Senator Loren Legarda at last week’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the container vans containing household wastes that were shipped from Canada to the Philippines.

“Canada is a signatory to the Basel Convention. As part of their commitment to the Convention, they should take back their waste,” she said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) should maintain their firm stand on the return of the waste, and Canada, either the government or the private firm, should…

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New mobile app launched in Phl,  keeps track of boats, catch, and fishers

Now, ordinary citizens with the mobile phones would know where commercial fishing boats are located, the  type and size of fish species caught, frequented fishing grounds, and the profile of fishers. 

It can also keep  track behavior of commercial fishing vessels.

The "Fish Landing App" was recently launched in the Philippines, by marine scientist  Dr. Stephen Box, who presented the app in an online conference from the his office at the Smithsonian Marine Station, at Port Pierce, Florida, USA. 

"It would be very useful in closing the gap between data deficiency and effective fisheries management in the Philippines, said lawyer Gloria…

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Nominate ‘Tañon Strait heroes’
Tanon Strait map

As the country observed National Heroes Day last week, a fishery and an environmental advocacy group, Oceana Philippines, has called on the general public to nominate deserving individuals who have contributed to protecting Tañon Strait, a marine protected area located between the islands of Negros and Cebu.

The nominees will vie for the first “Ocean Heroes Award” in 2016.

“We are looking for heroes who inspire us and have shown that we can be agents of change to protect and conserve the beauty and bounty of Tañon Strait,” said lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines. …

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Saving the bounty, beauty of Tañon Strait

Tañon Strait Protected Seascape is the largest marine protected area and the third largest marine park in the Philippines.
It has an area of 5,182 square kilometers (km), more than three times the area of the Tubbataha National Park, in Palawan.
At its widest, the Strait is only 27 km, and narrowest near the south at 5 km. It is 160 km long and 500 meters deep, attracting dolphins, whales, sharks and manta rays, and many other species.
Hence, it is also one of the country’s major fishing grounds, a major source of food and income for Negrenses and Cebuanos.…

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PAJ forms Eastern Visayas chapter, OpinYon publisher elected prexy
Mr. Ray Junia, OpinYon publisher/editor, at the first business meeting of the Philippine Agricultural Journalists - Eastern Visayas chapter. Mr. Junia was elected PAJ-Eastern Visayas chapter president during the PAJ workshops in Tacloban City, held on August 27 to 28.

The Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ), in its workshop on climate change for journalists in Tacloban, August 27-28, has formed a regional chapter in Eastern Visayas, with Ray Junia, publisher/editor of OpinYon weekly newspaper elected as President.

Junia, a seasoned journalist and media specialist, hails from Tolosa, Leyte. He served as a resource person on ‘Media crisis management,’ during the…

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