Storm surge forces evacuation in Cavite

NOVELETA, Cavite — Around 277 residents in this town’s coastal villages were rescued and relocated to the evacuation center on Sunday by the local Disaster Risk Reduction Management team due to storm surge affecting the shoreline communities caused by incessant rains. Jeg Alix, head of Noveleta MDRRMO, said 74 families or 249 individuals from Barangay San …

Big mining firms not welcome in Diwalwal: Guv

DAVAO CITY — Provincial government officials of Compostela Valley rallied behind Monkayo town in opposing the entry of large-scale mining companies inside the 8,100-hectare Mt. Diwata mineral reservation area, commonly known as Diwalwal. Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy noted that the area is being eyed for a mineral industry zone by the Philippine Mining …

Kidapawan pageant aspirants plant trees in Mt. Apo

KIDAPAWAN CITY  — Candidates for the “Binibining Kalikasan” pageant on Tuesday went to the foothills of Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, to plant trees. The nine candidates planted at least 50 different species of trees at the Arboretum, a botanical garden devoted to trees of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in Barangay Ilomavis here. …

International and domestic flights cancelled due to bad weather

DAVAO CITY ( August 8) — The Manial International Airport announced that that several international and domestic flights were cancelled today due to bad weather. Cancelled flights include the following: Philippine Airlines (PR) 432, PR 424 Manila-Tokyo; Cebu Pacific (5J) 468 Iloilo-Manila, 5J 480 Bacolod-Manila; SkyJet (M8) 715/716 Manila-Busuanga-Manila; Air Asia (Z2) 424/425 Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila, …

Congress approves HB 6705 to create Department of Disaster Resilience

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (August 1) – Camiguin Island province representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo said that after a marathon deliberation, Congress has already approved House Bill 6075 that will create the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR). Romualdo who chaired the Committee on Government Reorganization said that HB 6075 was filed by Albay Congressman Joey Saceda …

Stakeholders move to protect thriving dolphins in Sarangani Bay

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Environment personnel and local stakeholders have stepped up their monitoring and enforcement activities in parts of Sarangani Bay to protect the thriving dolphin population and other fish species in the area. Kristopher Benzonan, technical staff of the Sarangani Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said Friday they have set regular …

Maritime police steps up patrol activities vs. wildlife traffickers

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY –– Maritime police authorities up in arms against  wildlife traffickers in southern Palawan, particularly along the coastal areas of the province. Police Supt. Greg Togonon, chief of the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (SOU-MG) in Palawan, said their increased vigilance against unscrupulous individuals who collect and attempt to transport wildlife species outside …

PRRD warns of tougher crackdown on irresponsible mining

DAVAO CITY (July 24 ) — President Rodrigo Duterte  warns the irresponsible miners and their patron, the government will strongly enforce environmental laws and he  run after mining companies which wantonly disregard the laws on  environmental protection and conservation. In his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Duterte stressed “In warning the Again, I …

NBI files case against Aklan mayor, 12 others over Boracay mess

DAVAO CITY (July 20) —  The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed criminal cases against Malay, Aklan mayor Ceciro Cawaling,  local government officials  and business groups before the Department of Justice over the Boracay mess. Attorney Eric Roque, chief of the  NBI’s Environmental Crime Division filed violations of the Revised Forestry Code, Philippine Fisheries …

Benguet residents complain of hospital waste dumping near river

TUBA, Benguet –– Officials and residents of Barangay Taloy Sur in this town are up in arms against the dumping of hospital wastes on a private lot near a river. A contractor of a  medical facility in Baguio City reportedly dumped the hospital waste. The  river flows through residential areas, particularly sitios Diyang, Pi-ig, Shumshang, …