Tree planting contributes to mitigating climate change, says UN chief

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that tree-planting contributes to mitigating climate change impact. The health of our planet is essential to our own health and well-being, and to our future, and trees are an essential part of it,” said the UN chief at a tree-planting ceremony on the occasion of the …

Stop private-led water drilling, Davao dads urged

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –The Davao City Water District (DCWD) on Wednesday asked the City Council here to look into the ground drilling activities of private individuals and entities for commercial purposes. Lawyer Bernard Delima, spokesperson of the water firm told the  City Council Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, to stop all drilling operations because …

Tacurong City to host Philippine Bird Festival

TACURONG CITY, Philippines — The city government here is preparing for this year’s 12th Philippine Bird Festival, come May 10 to 12, 2018. The festival is aimed at increasing the awareness of the people in conserving and preserving the winged-creatures. Tacurong is the only city in the region which maintains a bird sanctuary, witih more …

DPWH closes Southern Leyte roads due to possible landslide

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways here closed the road in Pancho Villa village in Sogod town due to continues heavy downpour. The road connects the Visayas and Mindanao islands. Southern Leyte chief Margarita Junia, chief of DPWH Southern Leyte said the closure is temporary until the weather condition stabilizes. Junia said …

Duterte threatens arrest against uncooperative Boracay officials

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte threatened to arrest local government officials in Boracay who are not cooperating with the national agencies effort to save the island from environmental hazard. Duterte last week said reports reaching his office indicated that Boracay officials are not cooperating with the national government agencies  who are conducting …

DENR assures due process in eviction of violators in El Nido

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines  –The local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has said the eviction of establishments in El Nido with easement and other environmental law violations would not take effect without due process. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) chief Felizardo Cayatoc said this on Tuesday morning …

Anti-big-scale mining coalition seeks mining law repeal

MANILA,  Philippines — Anti-big-scale mining group Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is urging the government to replace Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 with a law that is “pro-Filipino and pro-environment”. ATM claimed the present law has paved the way for plunder of the country’s mineral wealth, as well as mining-related environmental destruction. …

“No Segregation, no Collection” a fresh start in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Finally, the City Government of Cebu implements ‘no segregation, no collection’ of garbage,  a national law which should have been implemented 18 years ago. The law on segregation at source was implemented in “Pursuant to Republic Act 9003 known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. But a Cebu  City …