Lopez insists on green industries

By Tracy Cabrera

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Regina Lopez is insisting that turning areas previously damaged by mining operations into ecological zones is a better alternative than what mining operators can offer to improve the lives of the people in affected provinces.

She even dared her critics to give her just 18 months and she can develop the areas the miners previously occupied into ecological zones that “can create more jobs than mining their mining operations”.

“Give me a year and a half, maximum two years. They’ve been there for 77 years . . . A green economy can create more jobs…

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Phl is world’s most calamity-reactive country

TIME and again, urban planners like Felino Palafox Jr. have warned about the structural soundness of many buildings and estates in the country, principally those located within the fault lines. 

He keeps submitting volumes (by the hundred items) of recommendations to presidents-- past and present-- in the hope that they would adopt most, if not all, of them for the sake of present and future generations.

Palafox, and his kind, are being scorned as being “prophets of doom” or “pessimists” even being suspected of pushing their own advocacies/ services (for some profits) as the ultimate objective.

But Palafox never…

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Isla de Sta. Cruz to get a facelift

Last January 18, international publication National Geographic came up with a list of 21 Best Beaches in the World and not surprisingly, a Philippine beach was included.

With this, Department of Tourism (DoT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo is thrilled with the inclusion of the Great Sta. Cruz Island (also called Isla de Sta. Cruz) in Zamboanga City.

“We are so proud about this citation and happy about its very timely announcement which comes right after our visit in December when I had pushed for the island’s immediate improvement and development as an ecotourism destination,” the secretary said.

On its website…

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A vertical ‘forest’ to solve air pollution in MM

By Tracy Cabrera

AIR quality situation in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the first quarter of 2015 was even worse than it was at the end of last year, according to data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).

In a presentation at a health forum, DENR-EMB assistant director Eva Ocfemia said that the air pollutant concentration in the National Capital Region reached 130 micrograms per normal cubic meter (µg/Ncm) in terms of total suspended particulates (TSP), up from 106 µg/Ncm at year’s end in 2014. 

The maximum safe level of air pollutant…

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DOST submerges Project NOAH

HAVING STARTED during the previous administration, Project NOAH (or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), ceases to be a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency undertaking by February 28 but would be submerged in the weather bureau with only a fourth of its scientists to be absorbed by PAGASA.

Just like Noah in the Genesis, the project was meant to save the country from unusually heavy losses in lives and properties from typhoons, floods and earthquakes by providing local governments and risk responders with the hazard maps and scientific evidence to convince constituents to stay away from high risk zones during such climatic…

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