Oceana urges DENR to approve Tañon Strait management plan

Oceana Philippines International, a civil society organization is urging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to approve and implement the enhanced General Management Plan (GMP) of the Tañon Strait Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) to strengthen law enforcement against commercial fishing in Tañon Strait, the country’s biggest marine protected area between Cebu and Negros islands in the Visayas.

More than 200 members of the Tañon Strait PAMB, during its second general assembly, discussed and finalized the enhanced GMP last March 10, 2016, in Cebu City.

“Tañon Strait is a marine biodiversity hotspot. Effective management mechanisms should be put…

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Presidentiables urged to adopt “blue agenda”

Non-government organizations call on presidential candidates to include oceans conservation and sustainable fisheries in their electoral platforms, as they prepare for the presidential debate in Dagupan City, on April 24, 2016.

Panagat, an informal network of more than 20 NGOs pushing for policy reforms in fisheries, noted that the Philippines is among the top fish-producing countries in the world. However, government leaders remain indifferent in providing solutions towards sustainable fisheries management and marine conservation.

The National Stocks Assessment Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has reported that 10 out of the 13 major fishing grounds in…

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SC tells judges: No more injunctions, TROs vs gov’t enforcing environmental laws

So as not to impede and hasten the prosecution of cases filed by government agencies against violators of environmental laws, the Supreme Court (SC) through its Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) enjoins all judges of municipal and regional trial courts to strictly observe rules and laws prohibiting the issuance of injunctions or restraining orders.

The policy is contained in OCA Circular No. 87-2016, issued on April 4, 2016, by SC Justice and OCA Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez.

“We very much welcome the Circular, as we continue to revitalize our imperiled fisheries and protect our vastly threatened natural life…

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Expect more hotter days, years

Filipinos should expect hotter days in the weeks to come, and similar hotter summers in succeeding years because of climate change.

Last April 11, 2016, the heat index in Nueva Ecija has reached a dangerous level of 51 degrees Celsius (°C), just 3°C below the extreme danger level of 54°C, according to the Philippines’ weather bureau or PAGASA. Prior to that, on April 2, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, has registered a heat index of 49.4°C.

“We have been experiencing hotter days in different parts of the country and every year surpasses the previous as the hottest year on record.…

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‘Micro-insurance,’ anyone?

For as easy as loading P25-worth of call or SMS in a mobile phone a month, anyone can have a “lifeline” or micro-insurance in times of disasters or calamities.

This is the pitch made by the Insurance Commission and Cebuana Lhuillier, during a “Disaster Resilience Forum Roadshow,” in Baguio City, on April 8, 2016.

A micro-insurance plan provides protection to individuals who have little savings or households with low-income. It is tailored specifically for lower-valued assets and compensation for illness, injury or death.

The Insurance Commission, a government agency under the Department of Finance, supervises and regulates the operations of…

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