Heavy La Nina rains to hit Metro

Amid the looming La Niña in the last quarter of the year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) urged local government units (LGUs) in 16 cities and one town in the metropolis to prepare for the weather phenomenon that usually sets in after a strong El Niño.

Quoting the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said La Nina is expected to bring frequent, heavy rains in the metropolis by October or last quarter of the year.

He urged LGUs to brace for the possible effects of La Nina.

“The full effects…

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Tañon Strait management plan implementation sought

FOLLOWING the oil spill in Moalboal, Cebu, an environmental nongovernment organization called for the immediate implementation of the Tañon Strait management plan.

Oceana Philippines vice president Gloria Estenzo Ramos, in a statement, said that “we should be more proactive in protecting our marine resources.”

“This unfortunate incident emphasizes the urgent need for the implementation of the General Management Plan (GMP) in Tañon Strait, which would require strict no-go zones and clear designated routes for vessels in the area.

Local government units and the Protected Area Management Body should likewise closely scrutinize the operation of polluting industries, and prohibit hazardous…

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A Call to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade

Government should step up efforts to combat rampant wildlife smuggling that reportedly threatens endemic Philippine species and may lead to biodiversity loss.

The call was made by Senator Loren Legards during the celebration of World Environment Day 2016 with the theme “Go Wild For Life: Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife Trade,” which, according to the United Nations, erodes Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing the country of its natural heritage and driving species to the brink of extinction.

Alarmed over reports, Legarda cited that some areas in southern Philippines are still being used as entry or transshipment points for illegal trade…

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 Use of Solar Energy Pushed

A COALITION of businesses, banks, environmentalists, and civic groups had joined hands to push for wider use of solar energy instead of fossil fuel even as they also highlighted that solar energy’s use could save P100 billion for Filipinos each year.

In a forum held in Makati the other day entitled “The Truth About Solar: Now Cheaper Than Coal,” the delegates decided to sign an agreement which they called “Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuel and Support for 100% RE before 2030”.

The event aimed to correct the misimpression that the cost of solar energy is higher than fossil fuel…

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Puerto Galera, Coron waters spared from ecotourism pressure

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has taken a crucial step to further protect the rich marine biodiversity within two of the country's most famous diving spots by declaring these sites as water quality management areas (WQMAs).

In two separate administrative orders signed by Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje earlier this month, the DENR designated the Sabang Bay in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro and the Coron Bay in Palawan as WQMAs, bringing the total number of WQMAs in the country to 25.

The initiative is seen to boost efforts to protect the bustling biodiversity within the two water…

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