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 …

70 dead marine turtles recovered in Northern Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines — Police authorities recovered around 70 pieces of dead marine turtles (pawikan) in the northern Palawan town of Dumaran early morning Thursday, July 6. Municipal Police Station (MPS) Chief Inspector Arnel Bagona told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) the dead marine turtles were found around 2:30 a.m. off the shores of Barangay …

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Leyte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—A magnitude-6.5 earthquake hit  the province of Leyte Thursday afternoon July 6. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake hit off Jaro, Leyte at 3:54 pm. Phivolcs also warned that damage and aftershocks are expected. In an advisory, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake …