Zamboanga City completes climate-resilient school buildings

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The city government has turned over two school buildings with climate change adaptability features worth PHP29.5 million in a coastal village here. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who spearheaded the turnover of the two school buildings on Wednesday, said the project recipients are the elementary and secondary public schools in Barangay Cabaluay. Salazar said each …

Liguasan communities, Army forge alliance vs. BIFF

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The military and communities around the vast Liguasan Marsh in Maguindanao have forged an alliance to fight abuses brought by the IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the area. Lt. Colonel Harold Cabunoc, Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion commander, said local residents who catch mudfish and catfish in the marshland were …

Hundreds stranded as 8 more domestic flights cancelled due to bad weather

DAVAO CITY (June 14) —   Hundreds of passengers are now stranded in various airports, as  eight domestic flights were cancelled as of Thursday afternoon due to bad weather condition. The advisory from the  Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) stated that flights are cancelled in the following destinations: CebGo (DG) 6009/6010, 6151/6152 Manila-Basco-Manila PAL Express (2P) …

Juvenile mynahs, blue-naped parrots seized in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Environment enforcers in Palawan have recovered 47 hatchling and juvenile mynahs and blue-naped parrots from suspected illegal wildlife trading operation in the southern Palawan municipality of Quezon. Jovic Fabello, spokesperson of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff, said in an interview on Tuesday afternoon that the birds were seizedon …

Ilocano youth make way to beat plastic pollution

LAOAG CITY—A group of young Ilocano volunteers is making waves in Ilocos Norte for protecting the marine resources and do away with plastic pollution. During their free time, they would gather near the beach and pick scattered plastic materials and bottles or they would fun dive and conduct underwater clean-up. Proudly calling themselves as ocean …

Surigao ‘plogging’ nets over 1,500-kilo trash

SURIGAO CITY–This city has caught up with the latest pro-environment fitness trend called “plogging”, or jogging while picking up trash. Organizers said a total of 1,500 kilos of assorted litter were collected by over a hundred individuals who joined Tuesday’s 10-kilometer “plogging” that started at 5 a.m. at the Luneta Park. Participants picked up litter …

Hawaii-bound Navy sailors celebrate Independence Day on high seas

MANILA (June 12)  — The two Philippine Navy (PN) ships, now en route to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval maneuvers in Hawaii, celebrated the country’s 120th Independence Day with simultaneous flag-raising and divine service. This was disclosed by PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message Tuesday. “The PN contingent led by the …

Airstrikes vs. BIFF coordinated with MILF: OPAPP

MANILA — The airstrike carried out against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a local armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was conducted “with full coordination” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said Monday. On Sunday, the 6th Infantry …

Hundreds stranded as Coast Guard suspends Zamboanga-Basilan trips

ZAMBOANGA CITY  (June 2)  — Hundreds of boat passengers are stranded at the ports as the Philippine Coast Guard suspends all boat trips  plying the Zamboanga-Basilan and vice versa  due to rough seas and  bad weather condition brought about by a Low-Pressure Area (LPA). Lt. Commander Alvin Dagalea, Zamboanga Coast Guard commander, said the boat …

Male giant sperm whale found dead off Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY–A male giant sperm whale or “cachalot” was found dead floating near Sacol Island located east of this city, an official said Friday. Dr. Arnedo Agbayani, Animal Health Division chief of the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet), said they were not able to conduct necropsy to determine the cause of the whale’s death …