Legarda Pushes for Green School Buildings

SENATOR Loren Legarda has renewed her call for the Department of Education (DepEd) to build green schools and restore heritage school buildings in the country during the hearing on the proposed 2017 budget of the Department.

Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, reminded the DepEd to ensure that the new classrooms being built to address classroom shortage are climate-resilient.

“We want to build not just school buildings, but green schools that are climate and disaster-resilient. Aside from being safe, we want these schools to be innovative and environment-friendly by putting up rainwater catchment systems, growing vegetable gardens, using…

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Palace’s support urged in campaign vs carbon

VARIOUS ENVIRONMENT groups are hoping President Rodrigo Duterte can include prioritizing support for their petition seeking various corporations' accountability for respective climate change-driving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

"His (Duterte) support will be a big boost to present and future efforts on addressing climate change," said Zelda Soriano, legal and political advisor of Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines which is among parties that filed the petition last year before Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

She noted Greenpeace's co-petitioners are likewise looking forward to similar action from the President.

"If he (Duterte) expresses support for survivors, victims and people who find ways of addressing…

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Legarda renews call for implementation of Agri-Agra Law

SENATOR Loren Legarda has renewed her call for the strict implementation of Republic Act 10000 or the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act of 2009 during the hearing for the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). 

Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance and co-author of RA 10000, said that the agriculture sector is crucial for attaining economic development and the country’s food sufficiency target but various challenges face the sector, which has led to the crafting and enactment of the law. 

“Our aim is to support our farmers by allowing them to expand their…

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Scientists say ozone layer gradually heals

By Kenneth Valladolid

SCIENTISTS thanked the efforts of an international policy set nearly 30 years ago that cut the production of ozone depleting substances.

According to a research published in the Journal Science, the Antarctic ozone layer, which shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays, shows encouraging signs that it's beginning to heal.

The Antarctic ozone hole is finally showing signs of disappearing; nearly thirty years after the Montreal Protocol came into effect.

In addition, research by the US and UK scientists show that the size of the ozone void has shrunk, on average, by around 4 m x sq…

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Legarda moves to avert looming water shortage
Photo by Kenneth Valladolid


FULLY AWARE of the challenges in the water sector, Senator Loren Legarda has asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to convene a technical working group to rationalize all the water agencies in the country.

“The continued overlapping and fragmented regulation of water supply services in the country by several government entities will hinder the enactment of a doable and long-term solution to prevent water shortage” Legarda said.

A recent study by the World Resources Institute revealed that the Philippines will likely experience severe water shortage by 2040 due to the combined impact of rapid…

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