Displaced mine workers eyed in bamboo, mangrove program

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) could tap workers of suspended mining firms for the government's planned expansion of bamboo and mangrove plantations to fight climate change and poverty.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez made the statement during a recent dialogue with small-scale miners from Paracale town in Camarines Norte held at the DENR central office in Quezon City. 

The miners were accompanied by acting Camarines Norte Gov. Jonah Pimentel and some members of the provincial board.

The miners had sought an audience with the DENR chief to ask assistance for mine workers who lost…

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Tañon Strait’s protection from destructive fishing enhanced

CONCERNED government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and fishing industry stakeholders, including civil society organizations (CSOs), recently gathered in Cebu to review and strengthen an enforcement plan to protect Tañon Strait from commercial, illegal and destructive fishing operations.

The “Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) Enforcement summit” was attended by more than 120 participants who reviewed and identified gaps to strengthen the Tañon Strait enforcement plan, and forge their respective commitments to strongly implement the plan in the next several years.

One of the country’s major fishing grounds, Tañon Strait lies between Cebu and Negros. It was declared as a protected…

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Lopez issues dire warning in Marrakech meeting

WARNING that the entire humankind stands to lose whatever strides they made, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has urged other world leaders to work hand and hand in combating climate change.

Lopez made the call during the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Mexico adding that economic development must complement as nations strive to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"Should the change in the planet's temperature escalate to more than 1.5 degrees, we stand to lose whatever economic gains we make. The planet simply cannot afford an indecisive…

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FOOD FOR THE FUTURE: QUO VADIS, Philippine Agriculture

ACCORDING to the United Nations, 150 babies are born every minute globally. And One Billion are poor and getting hungry.

On the other hand a World Bank expert said that “if agricultural products which are used as raw material do not increase in price, the farmers will stop planting and the lands will be idle and restlessness will follow for lack of food”. 

This is a reality. 

And so what can Agriculture do to combat hunger and have FOOD FOR THE FUTURE?  

In the same interview, the World Bank executive said; 

“First and foremost, increase productivity. We…

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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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