PH eyes better protection of two threatened birds

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines seeks international collaboration on better protecting two migratory birds under threat and passing through this country while traveling along East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). There’s urgency for such protection as population of the Christmas Island frigatebird (scientific name ‘Fregata andrewsi’) and Yellow bunting (scientific name ‘Emberiza sulphurata’) is declining due to habitat …

Davao City converts used cooking to bio-diesel fuel

DAVAO CITY — Used cooking oil is now a bio-diesel fuel here. This after the city government through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) successfully processed used  cooking oil into biofuel at the Bio Diesel Fuel Plant (BDFP) during the last three months. Dolly Remojo,  supervising environmental management specialist  of the CENRO revealed …

IMO sets ‘off-limits area’ in Tubbataha

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines —  All types of ships with 150 gross tonnage and higher are warned to sail outside the 4,470-square kilometer area-to-be-avoided (ATBA) in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) to avoid the risk of accidental groundings. Commodore Joselito dela Cruz, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Palawan, said the advice was …

SMB to plant 70k trees this year to sustain re-greening project

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Beer market leader San Miguel Brewery Inc. has vowed to pursue more tree planting activities this year to sustain its support to the government’s re-greening program, particularly in its areas of operation, through its Trees Brew Life program. This year, the beer company aims to plant 70,000 seedlings of hardwood, mangrove …

Beauty queen return home to protect environment

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Reigning Miss Earth Philippines-Fire 2017 Nellza Mortola-Bautista returned to her hometown to do what she loves most — advocate for the environment. A native of Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental, Bautista was crowned last month along with four other pageant winners who form part of the “elemental court” of …

Southern Palawan town to sue Ipilan mining over ‘illegal’ operations

Puerto Princesa, Philippines — The municipal government of Brooke’s Point, southern Palawan, is poised to sue the controversial Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC) for alleged illegal mining operations. In local interviews with the media, Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano said the criminal case they will file against the INC is different from the cases earlier filed by …

Philippine Eagle center braces against avian flu

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— The Philippine Eagle Foundation announces the temporary closure of the Philippine Eagle Center on August 15-16, 2017 due to the avian flu outbreak which poses a grave threat to the Philippine eagle population. In it’s official website the post says: The Philippine Eagle Foundation announces the temporary closure of the Philippine Eagle …

Malaysia foils attempts to smuggle ivory tusks, pangolin scales

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that officials have foiled two attempts to smuggle elephant ivory tusks and pangolin scales, worth up to nearly USD1 million. On Sunday, the department seized 23 ivory tusks weighing 75.74 kg., with an estimated value of 275,542 ringgit (USD64,266) at a warehouse of the Kuala Lumpur International …