Active enforcement of environmental laws seen

CASES filed against violators of environmental and fishery laws are expected to be resolved faster.

This developed as 40 Department of Justice (DOJ) special prosecutors, legal officers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and protected area park superintendents recently completed their three day training on protected area law enforcement.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, who served as the main speaker, shared the theoretical and practical knowledge on the speedy disposition of environmental cases, including technical and remedial aspects of investigation and prosecution.

Justice Peralta was a member of the committee that drafted the “Rules of Procedure…

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Climate change impact on public health tackled

THE Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) is supporting calls of various concerned groups to craft and implement policies that will ease the climate change impact on the health of the poor, the young, and other vulnerable sectors.

The Philippines is among the countries most vulnerable to the impact of climate change that causes stronger typhoons and relentless flooding, as well as unpredictable extreme weather patterns that lead to dry spell and droughts.

“We see that the devastation of homes and properties forces victims to evacuation centers, makeshift structures, and tents that are unfavorable for healthy living conditions. Poor sanitation and…

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Mindanao farmers get El  Nino response package

Farmers in Mindanao who were severely affected by the strong El Niño last year and early this year, and who currently facing threats from the ensuing La Niña, received a response package this past week, consisting of organic palay seeds and fertilizers, provided by farming communities that survived the El Niño, due to their adopting ecological agriculture practices and early warning services provided by local government units (LGUs).

More than 300 farmers from Alamada, North Cotabato; Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat; Malungon, Saranggani; and Upi, Maguindanao received the response package.

Greenpeace, together with the Rice Watch Action Network (R1), the #IAmHampasLupa Youth…

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Fight against ‘dirty’ air pushed

There is an immediate need for all sectors to actively help advance the nationwide campaign against dirty air that causes pollution and endangers the health of Filipinos who are exposed to it, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, seeing the need, noted the adverse public health impacts of particulate matter (PM) and other air pollutants, calling for urgent action.

"We need to bring the fight for clean air several steps further," he urged in his message for the 8th Annual Clean Air Forum recently in Metro Manila.

Paje said health gains so…

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Environmentalists to public: Document blue whale ‘Bughaw’

Individuals and groups advocating for the protection and conservation of the environment are calling on the public to help them document a blue whale, popularly called "Bughaw", which has been sighted many times in Negros Oriental last summer.

The Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) sounded off the call through social media on Wednesday in an effort to help them monitor the activities and the whereabouts of Bughaw and perhaps gather more information that would aid research on the blue whale species.

To date, there is little information globally on the blue whale, which is the largest animal on…

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