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.

Read more: DENR to restructure 17 regional offices

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…

Read more: Legarda urges regulation of plastic bags use

A restive river roars in Cavite

TRUE to its definition, the river in Maragondon, an idyllic town of over 18,000 residents, is roaring mad like its people over a water project of taipan Lucio Tan to provide water for over 3 million provincial residents.

The residents are opposing the P2.5- billion Maragondon Bulk Water Project of the Maragondon Water District, Watergy Business Solutions and MacroAsia Corp., a firm set up in 1995 and is now publicly- listed under the Lucio Tan Group. 

It is engaged in catering, ground handling and engineering and maintenance services for international airlines. It now has two subsidiaries: MacroAsia…

Read more: A restive river roars in Cavite

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…

Read more: Lopez cancels ECCs of 4 mining projects

Fisher folks say no to Laguna de Bay fish cages

FISHERMEN in Laguna Lake have long been deprived of access to this once- rich fishing body of water.

This after huge areas of the lake had been covered with bamboo and bakawan (mangrove) poles and cemented wall parts and nets owned by few rich and influential people, including local politicians and policemen, whose operations of fishponds have all but led to the death of the lake.

From the air, one can see that the body of water is practically occupied by these man-made structures, which have been erected for the benefit of just a few people.

This is why in…

Read more: Fisher folks say no to Laguna de Bay fish cages

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