A Timely Directive On Use Of LPG

By Bobby Ricohermoso

IT COULD not have come at a better time.

In a memorandum circular, the Department of Energy has ruled that all 2.7-kilogram cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas should be used outdoors only.

The reason? Because these lack safety features like a pressure relief valve and a regulator found in bigger LPG containers such as the commonly used 11-kg tank.

To ensure compliance, the memorandum also required concerned LPG companies to have their 2.7-kg cylinders marked “For Outdoor Use Only.”

“The intention of the new policy is to increase the safety precaution on the use…

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Gina Lopez collaborates with DOST


Photo from Gina Lopez's Facebook page

By Rose de la Cruz

Months after losing her Cabinet portfolio at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Regina Lopez, fierce environmentalist and philanthropist, is now collaborating with the Department of Science and Technology through its program called CEST (or the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology).

She sees CEST as the “help she needs to help the country get out of poverty.”

CEST is a program of the DOST aimed at alleviating poverty through S&T interventions in health and nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, livelihood and enterprise development,…

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Toeing The Napoles Line: A Game of Duplicity

By James Veloso

A leopard can change his spots. So do Janet Lim-Napoles, tagged as “Pork Barrel Queen”, who was recently granted provisional protection under the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

It’s interesting to note that critics and allies of the Duterte administration slammed the Justice Department’s decision to grant Napoles provisional protection as a bargain for her to “tell all” as regards the disreputable P12-billion pork barrel scam that rocked the country in 2013.

This is “an unbelievable, crazy development”, as Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III puts it. 


A New Napolist

Everybody – not just those…

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 A Case of Territorial Integrity: Sovereignty Issues Over Airspace
Graphic courtesy of the American Society of International Law

By Fernan J. Angeles

TERRITORIAL disputes usually refer to land and the seas. Parties in conflict go to court to present proof of ownership, jurisdiction and sovereignty over the disputed area. 

However, the most recent pronouncement of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana sees an expanded coverage of territorial disputes. It now includes thin air.   

According to Lorenzana, China has been warding off Philippine military planes patrolling the country's airspace. 

Lorenzana explains the Philippine government remains firm that “the West Philippine Sea is ours” and, as such, patrols have been…

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Region 7 imposes tighter monitoring of Tanon Strait


By Rose de la Cruz 

A recent meeting held in Cebu by the Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance in Region 7 (CLEAR7) agreed to set-up a multi-agency, multisectoral task force to develop and implement an operation plan to minimize and eventually eradicate illegal fishing before 2019. 

“Illegal fishing is complex. It can only be addressed if all stakeholders work together. We have deployed gunboats and will support any enforcement agencies including our Bantay Dagat units within the Strait,” notes the region’s Chief of Naval Civil Military Operations Lt. Carlo Madrid. 

In a meeting recently held in Cebu City, CLEAR7 members Police Regional Office-7 Senior…

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