Lopez wants 'sweet' ylang-ylang scent harnessed

ENVIRONMENT and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez has vowed to provide assistance to ilang-ilang (cananga odorata) planters, during a recent visit in Bohol in which she also promised to build a distillation plant in the area.

Ilang-ilang is valued for the perfume derived from its unique aromatic extract and Lopez is hopeful that the plant which is endemic in the Philippines and other neighboring Asian countries would create huge economic impact on the lives of the people in Ubay, Bohol.

This after she learned that the place has about five hectares dedicated to more than 2000 ilang-ilang plants intercropped with…

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MARCOS, MIRACLE RICE, AND THE FARMER

The Supreme Court has spoken. Marcos must be buried. 

The crimes attributed to him on human rights could not be of his making but the military, except the detention of those who opposed his kind of politics for the good of the country. The burial of Marcos brings back to us the Miracle Rice that made us a rice exporter for the first time and he was well loved by the farmers until the communicators of those against him misrepresented to the public the good things he did for all and not only for a group of families that…

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Call for Action vs. Air Pollution on Children Backed

LOCAL environmental leaders have aligned themselves with the call by UNICEF, the United Nations’ agency promoting the rights and well-being of every child, to cut air pollution for children’s health.

As the Clean Air Month is observed nationwide pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1109, Series of 1997, representatives of the EcoWaste Coalition and the Partnership for Clean Air (PCA) backed UNICEF’s four-point call to “reduce air pollution, increase children’s access to health care, minimize children’s exposure and monitor air pollution.”

UNICEF last week released the report “Clear the Air for Children,” which “points out that around 300 million children live…

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Duterte’s Decision to Ratify Paris Agreement Lauded

SENATOR Loren Legarda has welcomed the decision President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, noting that with the move the Philippines has just begun its “climate journey”.

“I thank the President for declaring that he will ratify the Paris Agreement. I thank the members of the Cabinet too for seeing the importance of upholding the treaty,” Legarda said. 

The Senator explained that the Paris Agreement is a vehicle towards achieving climate justice as it compels developed nations that have polluted the world and caused this climate crisis to decarbonize.

The UN also hopes to raise…

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THE Department of Energy is now working on a 15-year energy master plan that will help deliver reliable and affordable electricity to sustain local economic growth.

The formulation of Philippine Energy Plan 2016-2030 will pave the way for the development of sectoral energy roadmaps that are critical to ensure energy security and increased energy access, according to DOE secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Prior to issuing the PEP, DOE has conducted consultative meetings with sectoral stakeholders on the issues of a low-carbon future, energy deregulation, electricity pricing, rural electrification, renewable energy development, and energy efficiency and conservation.

“Planning our country’s energy roadmap safeguards our Filipino consumers and our industry participants from any undesirable energy scenarios in the future. It is our job to protect them,” Cusi explained. “Once the plan is finished, it will greatly contribute to the expansion of the country’s economic prospects through the provision of employment opportunities and generation of investments.” (With reports from PDI)

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