More Phl bays should be in 'most beautiful bays' list

A French resort owner urged fellow foreign businessmen to invest in developing tourism in Philippine bays.

Hubert d'Aboville, president and founder of Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc., said there are many bays in the Philippines that deserve to be recognized and included in the prestigious ‘Most Beautiful Bays in the World’ club.

Puerto Galera received recognition as part of the ‘Most Beautiful Bays in the World’ by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2005.

“We should have two to three more bays accredited in Most Beautiful Bays,” d’Aboville said in a recent media conference, citing…

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Proposed law to give ‘Balik Scientists’ more incentives

The House of Representatives’ committee on appropriations has approved a proposed legislation that will strengthen government’s Balik-Scientist Program (BSP) by providing more incentives and benefits to lure more Filipino scientists, technology experts, and researchers living and working abroad to return to the country, and share their knowledge and expertise to help accelerate the country’s economic and social development.

The appropriations committee, chaired by Davao Representative Isidro T. Ungab, approved a substitute bill to House Bill 5388 or the proposed “Balik Scientist Act,” principally authored by Zamboanga del Sur Representative Victor J. Yu, chairman of the committee on science and technology.…

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P-Noy boosted Phl environmental performance

President Benigno S. Aquino III has lifted the Philippines' environmental performance to a new level, enabling the country to better journey towards sustainable development.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje made such assessment and cited the Aquino administration's policy and funding support as instrumental in bolstering government's nationwide environmental protection and conservation bid.

"We have a President who is very supportive of the environment," Paje said at a press conference in Metro Manila on Friday.

Paje noted such presidential support helped DENR carry out since 2010 difficult but necessary environmental initiatives like the nationwide logging ban…

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US official briefed on Phl fisheries, marine conservation
Ambassador Michael Froman (4th from left) is shown with the officials of USAID, US Peace Corps, US Embassy in the Philippines, and civil society organizations (front row, from left): Rebecca Guieb (USAID), Rosanmi Labnao (MENRO, Tobias Fornier, Antique), Rebecca Lewis (US Peace Corps volunteer), US Peace Corps Director for the Philippines Jean Siegle, Michael Klecheski (US Embassy), Ricky Nuñez (Conservation International); and (back row, from left) Jeremy Gustafson (USAID), Joel Palma (WWF), and Atty. Edward Lorenzo (Oceana).

As part of a series of meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), hosted by the Philippines in November 2015, the United…

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Keeping Mount Apo clean and green

Mountain trekkers, the supposed ‘protector’ of the nature and environment, have been found to be causing the garbage problem within Mount Apo.

Ironically, after days of nature tripping and appreciating the environment at its best “clean and green” state, these visitors irresponsibly discard their waste.

In 2014, an estimated 2 tons, or around 1,814 kilograms of waste that are mostly plastic bags and empty bottles of water have been left by the 4,000 trekkers that are estimated to have visited the Mount Apo Natural Park (MANP).

This is the reason why the Protected Areas Management Board (PAMB) as part of…

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