Duterte appoints ex-AFP chief Cimatu as new DENR Secretary

MANILA, Philippines- President Rodrigo Duterte appointed former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Roy Cimatu as the new Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Cimatu’s appointment came after the Commission on Appointment rejected the bid of former DENR secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced Cimatu’s …

Envi group wants next DENR Secretary to punish all violators

SURIGAO CITY, Philippines—Environmentalist here hope the next environment Secretary suspend all violators of the environmental laws. Citing selective implementation of laws among mining operators during the past administration, Rev. Pio Mercado, spokesperson of Caraga Watch said they are hoping the new secretary will implement the full force of the law to all violators. Caraga Watch, …

PHL to observe Earth Day as Paris Agreement takes effect

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–On April 22, the Philippines will celebrate Earth Day as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change enter into force for the country. It will be a historic day  for the country, “Earth Day will once again be historic for the Philippines as it will mark the commencement of the Paris Agreement’s legal force …

Two mountaineers charged

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–Two mountaineers were charged to climbing at the Mt. Apo without the necessary permit from the local government. The Country’s highest mountain peak has been closed for tourism activities after the fire broke off on March 26, 2016 wherein 115 hectares of the mountain was damaged. Joey Recemilla, Tourism Officer of Kidapawan City …

Philippine Eagle Pagmamahal renamed Pagbabago

The twelve-year-old Philippine Eagle Pagmamahal is renamed Pagbabago to honor the 16th President of Republic Rodrigo R. Duterte. The family of businessman Uy Ching Siong Cang who adopted the eagle decided to rename the eagle after the inauguration of Duterte, who takes pride as the first President coming from Mindanao. The renaming happened days before …