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 …

Controversial resort owner to demolish illegal structure

BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines  — The owner of the controversial Boracay West Cove resort vowed to voluntarily dismantle the illegal structures they built on their property this Saturday morning. The demolition of the illegal structures of the Boracay West Cove resort was supposed to be undertaken Friday afternoon by a team led by Environment Secretary Roy …

Timber paochers, lumber dealers, a challenge to forest rangers in SK

TACURONG CITY, Philippines — Timber Poachers here are not afraid to violate the law. Truth this, they have the guts to threaten government forest rangers. The timber poachers are riding on the limitation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to deploy sufficient number of forest rangers to secure the 11,000-hectare forest protected zones …

Hundreds of establishments face raps for polluting Boracay: DENR

MANILA, Philippines  — Establishments that go on polluting top tourist destination Boracay Island will face legal charges before the government’s new Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB). Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu made sure this will be done after ordering over 100 Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel to identify the sources of untreated discharges that …

DENR issued notices of violation to 51 establishments in Boracay

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas issued notices of violation to 51 business establishments in Boracay island in Malay, Aklan Thursday. The still unnamed establishments received the notices from DENR’s Environment Management Bureau (EMB). Regional director Jim Sampulnasaid the notices were issued …

“Basyang” swept 11 houses, 250 families evacuated in Bohol

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines — The strong winds and heavy downpour  due to Tropical Storm Basyang caused flash floods in the province of  Bohol. The tail end of Basyang  passed  the province  Tuesday night, February 13, swept 11 houses from  the villages of Tabajan and Casbu, in the municipality of Guildulman. While some  250 families evacuated …