Storm Vinta on Signal No. 1

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —-  The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-PAGASA weather station  as of 8:35 today: Heavy Rainfall Warning No. 1 #MIN_PRSD Weather System: Tropical Storm “Vinta” Issued at: 8:35AM, 21 December 2017 Yellow Warning Level: #SurigaodelSur, #SurigaodelNorte, #DavaoOriental, #CompostelaValley, #AgusandelNorte and #AgusandelSur. FLOODING is Possible. Flooding in low-lying areas especially along river channels.The public and the disaster risk reduction and management …

3 nabbed for selling P1.6-M endangered marine species

ILOILO CITY, Philippines  — Three traders were nabbed Wednesday morning for buying and selling of endangered marine species worth PHP1.6 million. Authorities identified the suspects as Rosalie Medina and Rolito Torres, both of Estancia, Iloilo and Jovin Mangubat of Kabankalan City. A total of 19 kilos of assorted dried seahorse and sea dragon with market value …

150,000 mangrove propagules planted in Tanjay City  

DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines — Various local government and non-government entities have banded together to intensify efforts to reforest the mangrove area in Barangay San Isidro in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. As of latest count, at least 150,000 mangrove seedlings or propagules have been planted, with some having grown as high as six feet already. Planting …

Negros project plants 2 millionth tree on anniversary

DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines— The massive forest restoration for a greener Negros project will mark its second year anniversary on Tuesday with a ceremonial planting of its two millionth tree in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. A “Tindalo” tree, a native species, will be planted by Negros Occidental’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgardo Rostata and …

Cebu Capitol distributes marine sanctuary equipment

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The provincial government of Cebu turned over PHP2.2 million worth of marine sanctuary cordon ropes and marker buoys to 39 local government units here on Monday. Oscar Pineda of the Provincial Public Information Office on Tuesday said provincial administrator Mark Tolentino and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) OIC Rodel Bontuyan …

P23M worth of illegal drugs and expired medicines burned

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Authorities here destroyed A total  of P23.6 million worth of illegal drugs evidence and expired medicines were burned Monday afternoon at the Holcim plant. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI regional director Antono Rivera said destroying the confiscated drugs which have been submitted as court evidence in  regions XI and XII is …

BMB seeks witnesses to alleged ‘musang’ killing

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) is searching for witnesses who can corroborate an alleged online post on the supposed capture and killing of a civet cat or “musang” by reporting what they know about the incident and the identities of the perpetrators. “We’re urging people with the information to contact us,” the bureau’s Wildlife Resources …

Canada vowed to work with Philippines to settle the garbage issue

MANILA, Philippines — No less than Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country will work closely with the Philippine government to resolve the issue on tons of garbage dumped to the country four years ago. In a press conference at the International Media Center at the World Trade Center, Trudeau emphasized the legal restrictions …