Oceana opposes mining in Samar & Benham Bank

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation, supports the opposition of Manicani Island, off Guian, Eastern Samar of the mineral production sharing agreement within the island ecosystem. The island is part of the Guian Marine Reserve, classified as protected landscape and seascape by Proclamation No. 46 of 1994.

 

Similarly it opposes the planned mineral exploration in the Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of the pristine Benham Rise (recently named Philippine Rise), which China is now claiming. Some powerful forces almost planned to impeach President Duterte for “agreeing” to have…

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Oceana files before DoJ first case against violators of a marine protected area

 

By Rose de la Cruz 

Considered a landmark move to set a precedent for stricter environmental law enforcement, Oceana Philippines filed the very first case before the Department of Justice against 13 fishermen engaged in commercial fishing at the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape, one of the country’s largest marine protected areas.

The case, for violation of environmental laws in a protected area pursuant to National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act, RA-7586, was made recently.

The DOJ has created a National Task Force of Special Prosecutors pursuant to RA 586, to implement its mandate of efficient, effective and equitable administration…

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Tubbataha Reef stays off limits

Tubbataha Reef must remain untouched to preserve its fragile natural beauty and diversity.

This was the gist of new resolution adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in its efforts to protect the famed Tubbataha Reef National Park even as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has finally approved the Philippine application for its designation as a particularly sensitive sea area (PSSA). 

In adopting the resolution, the MEPC 71 took note “of the ecological criteria, in particular relating to uniqueness or rarity, naturalness, diversity and fragility, and the socio-economic and scientific criteria of the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park as…

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MANA MO gives special emphasis to maritime conservation

 

 

The President’s declaration of September as the special months called Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA MO) raised awareness on issues related to national maritime and archipelagic concerns as it highlighted initiatives in areas like Tanon Strait, a 161 kilometer channel that separates the islands of Cebu and Negros.

 

It was the first celebration of MANA MO which means heritage of our waters, where the country can draw on to protect its people and preserve their ways of life, said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, chairperson of the National Coast Watch Council, said in Malacanang last September.…

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Koko: Make Mt. Diwalwal a test case vs illegal mining

TO PROVE that the government is sincere in its campaign against illegal mining, Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III wants to make as a test case the issue of Mt. Diwalwal in Monkayo town, Compostela Valley.

He also asked Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to act quickly and translate the President’s all- out war against abusive gold miners into action and stop their destructive actions in the environment.

 

Mercury Poisoning

“I already asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to probe the mining site because the mercury being illegally scattered in Diwalwal has already reached the other water…

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