Category Archives: Environment

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 […]

Environmentalists to pro-mining groups: Secretary Lopez a blessing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – Calling her a “blessing”, environmentalists have come to the defense of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez from pro-mining groups who are determined to block her confirmation as a cabinet member by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA). The CA will decide on Lopez’s appointment to the Department of Environment and Natural […]

Official offers to share Australia’s “sustainable mining practices”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 February) – An Australian official has offered to share to the Philippine government and local industry players her country’s “sustainable and environment-friendly practices” in the wake of debates triggered by the impending closure of several mining operations nationwide. In an interview on Monday, Australian senior trade commissioner-Manila Elodie Journet told reporters that […]

Envi groups back Sec. Lopez on closure of mining companies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) —  Green advocates here praised Environment secretary Regina Lopez for the closure of 23 mining operations and the cancellation of 75 existing mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) within the watershed areas, a move described as “long overdue action” since the environment has long been degraded by “unregulated mining activities.” […]

Calamity feared as water hyacinths invade Maguindanao, North Cotabato

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 February) – Communities surrounding the Rio Grande de Mindanao feared another calamity may yet happen as water hyacinths continued to pile up in portions of Datu Piang, Maguindanao and Midsayap, North Cotabato. This has resulted to flooding for several days now in the low-lying village of Ulandang in Midsayap where the Datu […]

South Cotabato wants moratorium on fish cage ops in Lake Sebu

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for a one-year moratorium on fish cage operations at the critical Lake Sebu following the massive fish kill that destroyed around P124.5 million worth of tilapia. Siegfred Flaviano, Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) chief, said Monday the move is in line […]

Village chiefs warn of bloodshed if mining enters their place

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Island (MindaNews/03 February) — Blood will flow if mining companies set foot on our place, the village chiefs of Gibusong Island of Loreto town in Dinagat province warned. The village chiefs aired the warning Tuesday during the 4th anniversary of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office where they claimed victory in […]

Cause of stranded dolphin’s death in Surigao investigated

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — Experts have started an investigation on what caused the death of the dolphin which was stranded Thursday morning in Surigao City. The dolphin suffered a wound above its flukes and died Thursday after hours of efforts to resuscitate it. Dr. Leona Nortega, a veterinarian at the Bureau of Fisheries and […]

PM Abe to name rescued Philippine Eagle as “Sakura”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Jan) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will name the Philippine Eagle rescued from Talaingod in Davao del Norte last month as “Sakura” (cherry blossoms), Dennis Salvador, Executive Director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) told MindaNews on Thursday. A backgrounder from the PEF said the eagle that will be […]

Search for Philippine Eagle breeding pair in Maitum recommended

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 06 January) —  The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) has recommended an immediate search for a possible breeding pair of the national bird in the mountains of Maitum town in Sarangani Province following the rescue of a juvenile raptor in the area earlier this week. Dr. Jayson Ibanez, PEF director for […]

Year-old Philippine Eagle rescued in Maitum, Sarangani

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /04 January) — An estimated year-old Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) rescued in Barangay Batian in Maitum, Sarangani Monday arrived at the Philippine Eagle Center here at 2 a.m. Wednesday, for examination and rehabilitation. The rescued national bird, a cricitically endangered species, was brought to the Center by representatives from Maitum and Sarangani […]

11 truckloads of illegally cut logs seized in Lanao del Sur     

MAGUING, Lanao del Sur (MindaNews/18 Dec) – Eleven truckloads of illegally cut logs, mostly endangered hardwood species, were seized in an anti-illegal logging operations Saturday by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources( DENR-ARMM). DENR-ARMM Secretary Kahal Kedtag, local government officials and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members led the closure of three sawmills found […]

Waste-to-energy projects detrimental to environment and human health – expert

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 05 December) – Waste-to-energy (WTE) projects produce the most toxic chemical substances that are detrimental to environment and human health, a former chief technical advisor on Global Environment Pojects of the United Nations Development Programme, said. “All thermal WTE technologies produce the most toxic substances known to Science. I am a scientist […]

Secretary Lopez to meet environment advocates in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Aug) –Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez will meet with the different green advocates from Mindanao at the Ateneo de Davao University on Thursday to tackle the island’s environmental issues. The ADDU’s Institutional Communications and Promotions Office confirmed Lopez will be gracing the one-day event called the “Oya Mindanao! The State […]