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 …

​​Palace: Boracay closure raises urgency to improve businesses’ environmental compliance

DAVAO CITY (May 23) — The President’s decision to close down Boracay has set in motion a much-needed compliance audit for more than 1,000 business establishments in the island. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. in a Palace press briefing gave updates on the government’s ongoing clean-up drive for Boracay, almost a month since President Rodrigo …

SAP Go vows to help curb Tacloban flood woes

TACLOBAN CITY — Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go vowed to talk to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar to address the perennial flooding along a main highway leading to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in this city. “I will personally request Secretary Villar to find …

Duterte declares Philippine Rise as marine resource reserve.

DAVAO CITY (May 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte  Tuesday (May 15),  declared the Philippine Rise underseas feature as a marine resource reserve of the country. On the same day, Duterte  led the send off of a team of Filipino scientists who will undertake the Coordinated National Marine Scientific Research Initiatives and Related Activities or CONMIRA …

Duterte to formally kick off maritime research in PH Rise

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to grace a series of commemorative activities including a send-off ceremony on Tuesday that will formally start the marine science research (MSR) to be performed by the country’s premier scientists in the Philippine Rise. The MSR is the first nationally-coordinated research to be conducted in the undersea …