Dev’t possible with low carbon economy – Loren

THE country’s development can still be at full speed even if it keeps its commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.


This was expressed by Senator Loren Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, who said the government should consider a long-term transition to a low carbon economy but at the same time maintained that industrialized nations have greater responsibility to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

During his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte said, “addressing global warming will be our top priority, but upon a fair and equitable equation. It must not stymie our…

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PRES. DUTERTE’s SONA, ETC.

By V. L. Sonny Domingo

Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte in his SONA was candid and straight forward.

His speech was more on citizen’s rights instead of the economic formula for nation building and employment creation.

Simply, he expressed in no uncertain terms that the citizens must be protected from criminals first and served by the bureaucracy in a proper manner, say in 3 days or that they should be given a checklist (shopping list) to follow and asked to get back to get the results of their request on a date based on actuarial computation on the office load.

He…

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Palm oil industry makes headway

By Rose de la Cruz


THE RECENT inspection by President Rodrigo Duterte of the first palm oil commercial biomass power plant in Buluan, Maguindanao could send mixed signals to coconut farmers who along with the rice farmers are the backbone of the country’s agricultural sector.

The President visited the 4.5-megawatt Buluan Biomass Power Plant that includes the organic rankine cycle(ORC) generator, capacitor bank, 35-metric ton water tube steam boiler, power generator, power control, economizer and pollution abatement equipment, water scrubber, fiber storage building and material handling area.

He directed the Department of Agriculture to allot P300 million for biomass…

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Illegal fishing in Tañon Strait decried



LOCAL stakeholders have called for the monitoring of illegal and commercial fishing in the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), the largest marine protected area in the Philippines located between Cebu and Negros.

“Tañon Strait is one of the top marine biodiversity hotspots in the country. A strong monitoring mechanism is necessary to ensure that our marine wealth is protected against illegal commercial and destructive fishing,” said lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, Vice President for Oceana Philippines.

Oceana is pilot-testing the use of vessel monitoring technology to track fishing activities within the protected seascape.

Ramos observed that despite the area’s protected status,…

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Groups condemn lifting of mining ban

CAPIZ- Much to the dismay of environment groups and residents, the provincial board recently passed an ordinance lifting the historic 50-year ban on large-scale mining in the province.

The Capiz Environmental Protection Alliance (CEPA) described the passage of Provincial Ordinance No. 9 as “an act of treachery” by the provincial board against the position of Capiceños who waged war against the operation of large-scale mining in the late 1990s.

“[The mining moratorium] was a product of almost half a decade of advocacy, lobbying and social mobilizations for the preservation and protection of the environment in Capiz. The moratorium for mining…

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