Category Archives: Environment

Plastic trash chokes Philippine seas

The Philippines generates an enormous amount of trash and is the third worst ocean plastic polluter in the world, according to a 2015 study in the journal Science. The trash is piling up on land, clogging coastlines, spilling into the sea, and traveling to remote corners of the globe as the country fails to meet […]

Group seeks stricter measures vs aerial spray in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 August) – Environment group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) on Monday said it will ask the city council to impose stricter regulations on the use of aerial spray two years after the Supreme Court upheld the 2009 decision of the Court of Appeals declaring the ordinance banning aerial spraying as unconstitutional. But […]

Saving Turtle ‘Agdao’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 June)  — In early April 2018, Fermin Edillon got an urgent call from Gelaine Arguillas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XI asking of the private marine sanctuary he manages to temporarily house a wounded guest. Some Agdao fisherfolk in Davao City discovered floating off the […]

Siargao town first in Surigao del Norte to ban use of plastic bags

PILAR, Siargao Island  (MindaNews / 11 March) — Single-use plastic bags are no longer allowed in this town, the first to do so in the entire Surigao del Norte. The municipal council approved the ban in late February, amid mounting calls from local conservationists. Eladio Napil, officer-in-charge of Pilar Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office […]

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Plastic bags with sand and wooden shrimp bait used to catch squid in Siargao

ANAJAWAN, General Luna, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 10 March) — While non-government organizations are calling for a ban on plastic bags in the country’s surfing capital, General Luna, hundreds of plastic bags of white sand with wooden shrimp baits are dropped into the sea every day by the fisherfolk here, to catch squid. Every day […]

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Duterte to Cimatu: cancel permits of mining firms paying rev taxes to NPA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 January) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to cancel the permits of mining companies that are paying “revolutionary taxes” to the New People’s Army (NPA). “Pero ‘pag nahuli ko kayo (but if I find out), I will give you hell of a time,” Duterte said upon […]

Duterte to Cimatu: cancel permits of mining firms paying rev taxes to NPA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 January) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to cancel the permits of mining companies that are paying “revolutionary taxes” to the New People’s Army (NPA). “Pero ‘pag nahuli ko kayo (but if I find out), I will give you hell of a time,” Duterte said upon […]

Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series: ‘Strengthen green governance in Bukidnon’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – Strengthening environmental governance, including revisiting of the 2008 Bukidnon Declaration on the Environment and a review on the province’s environment code, is among the expectations expressed by stakeholders in their response to the Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series initiative. Ms. Marie Angeli C. Abendaño, faculty member of the […]

Cortes town in Surigao del Sur has country’s cleanest coastline

It’s a sunny morning in the fishing village of Burgos, and the narrow banca is gliding past a maze of fish corrals towards a guardhouse in the middle of lush beds of seagrass. Colored flags flutter in the cool breeze, marking the boundary of the marine sanctuary. In the depths of the clear waters are […]

Envi group pushes for permeable pavement system

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 October) — Environmental group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) is pushing for a permeable paving system in parking areas, gardens, parks and open spaces to help lessen the surface water run-off during heavy downpour that worsens flooding in urban areas. IDIS acting executive director Chinkie Pelino-Golle told MindaNews on Sunday that […]

Climate change seen as threat to shrimp production

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 August) – Unpredictable weather patterns attributed to climate change threaten shrimp production, a co-owner of the largest homegrown shrimp grower in Davao Region said Friday. Anders Haagen, a co-owner of Anderlude Seafoods Corp., said changes in weather patterns weather concern them as these would affect the growing and production of shrimps in their three locations in the […]

Apo climbers told to respect biodiversity to avoid fire

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – Climbers to Mt. Apo must “observe environmentalism and respect for the biodiversity” to avoid another massive fire that destroyed at least 100 hectares of grasslands and century-old trees on its peak last year, an official said. Department of Tourism (DOT) 11 director Roberto Alabado III aired the appeal almost a month after the Protected Area Management […]

Climate change, plantations threaten Liguasan Marsh

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – Liguasan Marsh in Southwestern Mindanao is facing threats caused by climate change and chemical pollution owing to the growing number of pineapple, banana and oil palm plantations, a retired general turned environment advocate said. On Tuesday, the first day of the “Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao: A Roadmap for Inclusive and […]

Climate change, plantations threaten Liguasan Marsh

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – Liguasan Marsh in Southwestern Mindanao is facing threats caused by climate change and chemical pollution owing to the growing number of pineapple, banana and oil palm plantations, a retired general turned environment advocate said. On Tuesday, the first day of the “Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao: A Roadmap for Inclusive and […]

Duterte on CA’s rejection of Lopez: “lobby money talks;” Lacson says “sweeping assault on CA”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 May) — President Rodrigo Duterte said the Commission on Appointment’s rejection of Gina Lopez as Environment Secretary is “sayang” because “I really like her passion” but hinted “lobby money” led to her rejection. “I made a pinch-hit for her. You know how it is. This is a democracy. And lobby […]

“A sad day for the country,” Mindanawons say of CA’s rejection of Lopez

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 May) —  “A sad day for the country,” was how Mindanawons described the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of  the appointment of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. “It’s a sad day for the country. Gina Lopez represents the aspirations of the poor who are directly or indirectly affected by man-made environmental degradation. […]

Tamayong trail to Mt. Apo will remain closed to trekkers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) — The Barangay Tamayong trail that leads to Mt. Talomo and the adjacent Mt. Apo Natural Park will remain closed to trekkers even if some trails to the country’s highest peak will reopen on April 12, the Watershed Management Council (WMC) here said. The WMC noted that Tamayong is a recharge area […]

“Recidivist environmental violator” in Dinagat spared by DENR

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) — Local environment officials and advocates expressed both wonderment and anger over why a large-scale nickel mining firm which has been penalized several times for environmental violations was spared from the suspension and closure orders imposed by Environment Secretary Regina Lopez. Roger de Dios, regional director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau […]