Use alternatives to wild corals, Green Group urges



By Rose de la Cruz


Though the law explicitly prohibits the gathering, possession, transport and trade/sale of ordinary, semi-precious and precious corals, still these rare marine assets are being violated rampantly, thus endangering the sustainability of water resources.


The Fisheries Code of the Philippines (RA 10654) in fact imposes fines of P500,000 to P10 million for such violations. Many seashells like giant clams and tritons are also legally protected.  


Only recently, a suspected smuggler of thousands of live corals and giant clams was apprehended in Bacoor, Cavite which ignited public anger over the continued trade in…

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Agata Mining turns over 38 pump boats & 33 paddle boats to villagers



By Rose de la Cruz


As part of its commitment under the Social Development Management Program, Agata Mining Ventures in Agusan del Norte turned over 38 pump boats and 33 paddle boats to three of the host fishing communities in Barangays Lawigan, Tagpangahoy and Tinigbasan of Tubay.


Fishing is the main inherited trade of the coastal community, which fish daily for livelihood and for food on their tables. Each of the household has about four to eight members.


In a handover ceremony led by Agata General Manager Emilio T. Figueroa III and Community Relations Officer…

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Cimatu wants summer garbage out

ENVIRONMENT and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is urging local officials to plan ahead on how to manage the expected increase in volume of garbage this coming summer season.

“Local government officials should amplify their measures in managing wastes particularly in tourism sites as we expect an increased volume of garbage with the arrival of tourists this summer season,” Cimatu said.

Cimatu said local officials should put more trash bins in tourist sites to encourage proper waste disposal. 

He also appealed to tourists to be responsible for their wastes and avoid littering especially along the shorelines and in…

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Phl to host 2018 East Asian Seas Congress this November



By Rose de la Cruz


The Philippines plays host to the 2018 East Asian Seas Congress this November 27-30, which culminates the 25th anniversary celebration of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEAS), an international organization promoting the sustainable development of the region’s oceans and coasts.


In line with PEMSEA’s core principles, the EAS Congress 2018 is designed to showcase and celebrate collaborative and partnership initiatives at the local, national, regional and international level.


In particular, the Congress seeks to mark 25 years of partnership, learning, innovation and transformational change,…

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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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