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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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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Loren lauds PHL, France battle vs climate change

STRESSING the importance of cooperation between countries in the battle against the devastating effects of climate change, Senator Loren Legarda has lauded the recent initiatives by both the Philippines and France to join hands in fighting the unwelcomed phenomenon.

“I thank the French Government for rallying nations to craft and support the Paris Agreement on Climate Change when it hosted the climate negotiations in 2015,” Legarda said.

“We are facing challenges in the implementation of the Agreement but with the strong commitment of nations, especially the industrialized countries like France, we are optimistic we can meet our goals. I look…

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Palawan’s Nickelodeon Park gets green light

THE Department of Tourism has confirmed that the planned underwater Nickelodeon Park in Palawan is pushing through despite vehement objections by various environmentalist groups to the planned attraction.

The project is seen by netizens and environmentalists as destructive to the underwater ecosystem. The issue has even reached the court, which is yet to act on it. 

CNN Philippines even featured the project in its June 2017 show with Viacom International Media Networks, project owner, affirming its continuance.

Environmental advocates have been calling for the scrapping of the project as it would affect the untouched corals with all those planned…

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ASEAN eyes urbanization sustainability

URBANIZATION is among the most significant global trends of the 21st century. 

Half of the world’s population is living in the megacities while people from rural areas tend to depend on cities for economic, social, and political progress. 

Urbanization and development of cities are signs of a progressive country, however, these pose a huge challenge on how to sustain these cities and the ever growing need for energy.

 

Policies and Science Based Ideas

That is why parallel to the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines as chair for the ASEAN50…

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