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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Community gardens eyed in food sustainability

WITH at least 2.4 million Filipinos still experiencing involuntary hunger, now is the time for the government to promote sustainable food production through home-based urban farming. 

This developed as Senator Loren Legarda proposed for the establishment of “food forest gardens” that will ensure a sustainable method of food production with minimal costs.

Serious in her thoughts, Sen. Legarda recently filed Senate Bill No. 1186, otherwise known as the Food Forest Gardening Act, to ensure food sufficiency especially in urban households. 

Latest data from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that 10.6% or around 2.4 million Filipino families…

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Legarda urges regulation of plastic bags use

 

SENATOR Loren Legarda has renewed her call for the regulation of the use of plastic bags to help prevent oceans from carrying more plastic than fish as projected in one study. 

Legarda made the callas she noted a 2016 report, The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The report said the world produced 20 times more plastic in 2014 (311 million tonnes) than it did in 1964 (15 million tonnes) and at this rate, oceans are expected to contain more plastic than fish (by weight) by the year 2050. 

“Plastic…

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SECRETARY Gina Lopez has announced restructuring of 17 regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)to ensure the success of environmental programs and projects designed to help local communities protect their environment and improve their living conditions.

The restructuring is part of her five-year development plan for the DENR, which is anchored on sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) and in line with the "AmBisyonNatin 2040," a 25-year long-term vision that seeks to have a Philippines that is predominantly middle-class society by 2040.

SIAD will serve as the DENR's framework for localizing development, creating social enterprises in the countryside and building "mini economic zones" that can generate employment, livelihood and equitable income-generating activities in communities.

Under the plan, Lopez will designate key DENR field officers as "site managers" for area development management program (ADMP) sites.

The DENR chief is confident that the restructuring would steer the DENR to carry out its mandate as one of the government's social justice champions.

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Lopez cancels ECCs of 4 mining projects

 

ADOPTING social justice as its heart and soul, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has canceled the expired environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) issued for six development projects, including four for mining, as part of the agency’s continuing industry-wide ECC audit.

According to Environment Regina Paz L. Lopez, the cancellation of the ECCs was meant to prevent environmental degradation and suffering of people in would-be affected communities.

The canceled ECCs for mining are:

• Mindoro nickel project of Intex Resources Philippines Inc. for the extraction of nickel laterite ore covering 11,216 hectares in the municipality of Victoria, Pola…

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