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, …

Localized thunderstorms to cause more rains, flooding and landslide in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (July 19)–More rains are expected due to localized thunderstorms, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).  For the past days,  Cagayan de Oro was battered by consistent rain brought by the southwest monsoon causing flooding across the city, landslide and subsequently, the cancellation of classes. Landslide occured at …

Dead olive ridley sea turtle found in El Nido

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan –– Environment enforcers in El Nido town have warned residents and visiting tourists not to litter the sea with their plastic trash, which often suffocates marine wildlife to death. Bienvenido Veguilla Jr. of the El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (ENTMRPA) aired this warning Monday following the discovery of the …

Negrenses take ‘save acacia trees’ campaign to cyberspace

BACOLOD CITY — Concerned Negrenses are taking to the cyberspace the fight to save more than a hundred decades-old acacia trees on the roadside of Barangay Abuanan in Bago City, Negros Occidental. An online petition has been launched on change.org and a Facebook page was set up to protest the cutting of the trees for …

CDO mulls ‘lockdown’ policy in future disaster response ops

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The repeated occurrence of flooding in the city’s main roads has prompted the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to consider a “lockdown” policy for the safety of people stranded in flooded areas. CDRRMO chief Verner Monsanto presented this proposal during a post-evaluation briefing on July 11, following waist-deep flooding …

Davao City coastal village to host P300-M wastewater treatment project

DAVAO CITY–A coastal village here will be the site of the PHP300-million Sanitation Embankment Project (SEP) by the Department of Science and Technology in Region 11 (DOST-11). Barangay 76-A in Bucana was chosen primarily because of its location in a coastal area and for its proximity to the Davao River. DOST-11 Regional Director Anthony Sales …

OCD on alert over ‘Maria’

DAVAO CITY(July 9)—   While it is unlikely to hit the country directly, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) assured precautionary measures are in place to mitigate the effects of typhoon “Maria” (international name). As of 12:30 in the morning, July 9, the DOST-Pag-asa advisory stated “Heavy rains with lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms …

DENR donates confiscated logs for Marawi school rehab

DAVAO CITY (July 9) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has donated  the confiscated logs and timber to Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) for the rehabilitation of Marawi City schools. About  871,453 board feet of confiscated logs   and flitches valued over PHP43.5 million   was donated. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu during the 31st …

Flash floods affects 2,000 families in Kabacan, North Cotabato

DAVAO  CITY–More than 200 families from seven villages in Kabacan, North Cotabato, evacuated to safer grounds Tuesday, due to waist-deep flood waters, brought about by inclement weather during the past two days. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) Chief David Don Saura, said the heavy downpour since Monday caused the flashfloods. Kabacan is situated …