TAKING a cue from the palace itself with its mantra that change is coming, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started to review the records of huge mining firms resulting to the suspension of operations of two more large-scale mining companies in Zambales.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Leo Jasareno said the mining firms Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation (ZDMC) and the Benguetcorp Nickel Mines, Inc, (BNMI) were suspended for “violations of mining and environmental laws” and complaints of various groups that were affected by their mining operations.

The order referred to the Writ of Kalikasan issued…


LGUs told: Adopt climate, disaster plans

ALL local government units (LGUs) nationwide are asked to adopt a local climate change action plan (LCCAP) by the end of 2017 to raise the capacities of communities in reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change.

“Each LGU should have a local climate change action plan as mandated by the Climate Change Act of 2009. Thus far, out of 1,700 LGUs including provinces, only 160 have devised a plan,” Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, vice-chairperson of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), said.

“Based on our timeline, we should have 500 plans by the end of the year and all LGUs;…

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Duterte asked: Adopt 14-point environment action plan

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have asked President Rodrigo Duterte to adopt their 14-point agenda that include, among others, the suspension of large-scale mining, imposing a moratorium on building coal plants and solving the issues of toxic wastes – to be accomplished in the first 100 days of his administration.

“We see the transition period between the outgoing and the new Duterte administration as crucial in measuring and analyzing if the new administration will live up to its promise of instituting meaningful changes towards ecological revival and natural resource conservation,” said Eco-Challenge for Change, a newly-formed coalition of 32 green groups.

The coalition vowed…

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Legarda: Make Disaster Preparedness A Habit

SENATOR Loren Legarda has renewed her call to make disaster prevention and preparedness a way of life as she joins the whole nation in the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month.

“When we reduce disaster risks and we are all prepared, informed and equipped, natural hazards like typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, will not turn into disasters,” said Legarda, UNISDR Champion for Global Resilience.

“For instance, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake will not cause deaths or damage if there are no buildings on the fault line or if buildings and structures are built to withstand such a strong earthquake. A…

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Gov’t protects, manages 6 more bodies of water

SIX MORE areas have been placed under water quality management areas (WQMAs) to further protect and address potential problems concerning bodies of water.

The newly-designated WQMAs by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are Naguilan River System in La Union; Cañas-Maalimango Rivers in Cavite; Ayala River in Zamboanga City; Taoloan River Basin in Misamis Oriental; Talomo River in Davao City and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.

All six have a combined area of 221,376 hectares of inland water systems, including land portions surrounding the water bodies. The Naguilan River System, Talomo River, Ayala River and Lake Sebu, are…

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