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DENR to tighten watch vs illegal logging in Davao area during Holy Week

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The end of summer is the end of frolic and fun for students and the end of family bonding  vacations in far away places.  But to farmers in Bokod, Benguet, it’s the beginning of rainwater replenishing their watersheds and refreshing their plants. EV ESPIRITU/Inquirer Northern Luzon

Environment authorities will set up checkpoints around the Davao region during the Holy Week to watch out for illegal loggers who might try to take advantage of the long holiday, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Maundy Thursday trekkers to Antipolo warned against ‘alay kalat’

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Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. NOY MORCOSO lll/INQUIRER.net

Catholic devotees joining the yearly penitential walk to Antipolo City on Maundy Thursday are urged to keep their routes trash-free, pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition said on Tuesday.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Cloudy with chance of rain in forecast

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Expect some clouds on the horizon on Holy Week.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DENR sets up system to verify LGU’s tree planting claims

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TONGONAN Farmers’ Association members also plant bananas in between the trees to augment their income. JOEY A. GABIETA

Are local officials correctly and honestly reporting the number of trees planted under the government’s reforestation program?

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PH greenhouse emissions growing

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Edsa on a regular day. This scenario will be duplicated in various highways like SLEx due to the Holy Week exodus. INQUIRER file photo

The contribution of the Philippines to global warming is only a drop in the bucket of the world’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but that drop may get bigger in the future.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Blushing’ moon playing coy to PH stargazers

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The total lunar eclipse. AP FILE PHOTO

Stargazers will get a chance to see a “blushing” moon as a total lunar eclipse takes place on the 15th, according to the weather bureau.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bataan veteran survives through kindness of Filipinos

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Edmundo F. Nolasco: A life of service to the people  LEO M. SABANGAN II

The brutality of the Bataan Death March has stayed with Edmundo F. Nolasco through seven decades. At times, he lies awake at night, haunted by an unforgiving recollection of comrades long dead, bombs exploding, guts spilling, limbs being torn off and tremors violently shaking the earth.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Public urged to conserve water

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urging the public to be mindful of their water consumption “not only to save money on water bills, but more importantly, to protect this precious resource.”

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DAR to set installation of Luisita land reform beneficiaries next month

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Workers load newly harvested sugarcane stalks in Barangay Mabilog in Concepcion town, Tarlac province. The area is part of Hacienda Luisita. INQUIRER  FILE PHOTO

The Department of Agrarian Reform has expressed confidence it will be able to complete the installation of land reform beneficiaries of the Hacienda Luisita sugar estate by next month but warned that “outside forces” may try to disrupt the process.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Paje urges for vigilance against forest fires

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Forest fire lights up the peak of Mt. Banahaw as seen from a village at the foot of the mystic mountain. FILE PHOTO/JEROME QUEJANO

In the heat of summer, local authorities must be more active in protecting forests from accidental fires or wildfires, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said on Saturday.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t urged to heed UN report’s warnings on climate change

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‘YOLANDA’ SURVIVOR Melvin Castro sits in the rubble of his home in Tacloban City where 18 of his family members were killed. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

The “grim climate forecast for Southeast Asia” by a recent United Nations report on climate change must prod the government to improve adaptation and mitigation efforts in the face of calamities like Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), according to at least three civil society groups.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Group denounces ‘no-build zone’ policy

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THE DESIRE to rise from the destruction wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” manifests itself in the form of makeshift homes that have been built around a ship that was swept inland by storm surges in Anibong, Tacloban City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

An environmental advocacy group is calling for the revocation of the government’s “no-build zone” policy within 40 meters of shorelines, saying it was only an excuse to eject coastal communities for commercial interests.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New rules set on privately used but untitled agricultural land

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DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. Photo from www.dar.gov.ph/

Untitled agricultural lands under private use or occupation are now subject to new guidelines under an administrative order issued jointly by the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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