2 Japanese universities, Los Baños center to pursue joint programs vs climate change

With the threats of climate change at hand, cooperation between different organizations is gaining strength in the Southeast Asian region.

Just recently, two Japanese universities and a Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian center have agreed to pursue joint programs in various scientific and academic fields.

Set to work together are the Nagoya University (NU) and Kyoto University (KU) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA) which is based in the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB).

NU Vice President Yoshihito Watanabe led a 14-man Japanese delegation who visited SEARCA last…

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DENR enhances campaign for coastal, marine ecosystems' protection

Government aims further protecting Philippine coastal and marine ecosystems from climate change and other threats, noting the cost of inaction on the matter can reach some Php3 billion to Php5 billion annually.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) marine key biodiversity areas project manager Dr. Vincent Hilomen said such ecosystems are vital to sustaining life and the economy but climate change and other threats are negatively impacting these so there's urgency in acting on the matter.

"Our 2016 budget includes some Php500 million for helping DENR personnel concerned build capacity to better protect the ecosystems," he said Tuesday (April…

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PH to join global movement to end the fossil fuel era

Church groups, concerned citizens, social movements, and civil society organizations are about to launch Piglas Batangas! Piglas Pilipinas!, a national campaign initiative against coal and other dirty and harmful energy.

The highlight of this initiative will be a 10,000-strong mobilization on May 4 in the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex to stop the building of a 600-megawatt coal plant in Batangas City and to call for a moratorium on all new coal-fired power plants in the entire country.

“It is immoral to burden future generations with pollution and the cost of mistaken energy choices made today. It is time to…

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Joint seaborne patrol nets illegal comm’l fishing vessels

A joint seaborne operation of government apprehended four commercial fishing vessels engaged in illegal fishing in Tañon Strait, from September 15, 2015 to October 31, 2015.

The vessels were apprehended while conducting illegal fishing operations in Tañon Strait, the country’s largest marine protected area, between Cebu and Negros islands, in the Visayas. The commercial boats were caught near the towns of Bindoy and Badian, and Guilhungan City, all in the province of Negros Oriental. A total of 55 people were on board the vessels, including the boat captains and crew members.

“We hope to sustain such concerted efforts to minimize…

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2015 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards a success

Photo by Manny Llanes

For the second straight year, the search for the country’s top journalists in the field of agriculture, environment and agribusiness was conducted successfully by the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ) and San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

The 20 winners of the 2015 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards were feted in ceremonies, on March 29, 2016, in Makati City, where they received respective cash prizes and trophies from PAJ President Roman Floresca, SMC AVP for media affairs Mary Jane Oconer Llanes, and former agriculture secretary William Dar, chair of the board of judges.

The Business Mirror clinched five of the…

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