Climate Change Worries Filipinos

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III may have failed to mention environmental issues and the threat of climate change in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), but ordinary Filipinos are still very concerned about it, a recent survey disclosed.

Results from a survey conducted by the American think tank Pew Research Center, released last month, showed that 72 percent of Filipinos say that they are “very concerned” about climate change.

Climate change emerged as the top concern among Filipinos, dislodging even such issues as China’s aggressive moves on the West Philippine Sea, which garnered 56 percent.

On the world level,…

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Bongbong wants to sift through Canadian trash

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. certainly does not believe in the saying one man’s trash is another man’s gold. Especially since the garbage is believed to contain toxic chemicals.

This prompted him to call for a thorough Senate investigation on the dumping of Canadian garbage in the Philippines as he aims to institute more stringent measures to protect public health and the environment from toxic and hazardous materials as well as ensure environmentally sound waste management.

Marcos, chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government and concurrent member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, was puzzled…

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Global efforts to help small islands vs climate change pushed

UNITED NATIONS, July 31- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to help small island developing states (SIDS) to combat climate change, promote sustainable development and address their vulnerabilities.

While speaking at Security Council's open debate: "Peace and Security Challenges Facing Small Island Developing States", the UN chief outlined the progress made by SIDS and their unique vulnerabilities as well as the need to help them combat global menaces of which SIDS are bearing the brunt.

Last year's Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa increased global attention on their contributions to sustainable development…

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Protesting ‘Fishermen’ Censured

VARIOUS groups and individuals who staged a protest called Fishing Holiday recently to denounce a government’s order to temporarily ban all fishing activities in Manila Bay might not be real fisher folk after all.

Instead, they allegedly represented the interests of big traders and commercial fishing operators who actually orchestrated the protest rally highlighting the fact that the main actors responsible for emptying our seas of their marine products don’t want illegal fishing to end. 

The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 as amended by Republic Act 10654 prohibits the operation of all commercial fishers within 15 km of municipal…

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Senate Approves Bill On Protected Areas

SENATOR Loren Legarda has expressed satisfaction after the Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2015 (ENIPAS), which will strengthen conservation of 97 protected areas in the country.

Legarda, principal sponsor of the bill said that the measure will help local communities and stakeholders to do more to participate in the management and protection of our forests, oceans, flora, fauna and the indigenous peoples that reside in these protected sanctuaries.

At present, there are 113 areas in the country declared as protected areas. 

However, only 13 have proceeded to…

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