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‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems

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SHADE OF MANGROVE ‘PARASOL’.   Boys enjoy the shade of a mangrove species in the coastal waters of Puro-Sinalikway in Barangay Nursery in Masbate City. Mangroves serve as storm protection to coastal communities and as nurseries to many marine species. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

There’s a way to tame the rowdy rodeo experience that Masbate is known for: Just add crystalline water, hectares of coral reefs and an islet paradise.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Release of village chief’s truck caught carrying illegal logs slammed

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Illegally cut logs from Sierra Madre are spread at the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Infanta, Quezon.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Officials of a local environment agency here have decided to release a 10-wheeler truck, owned by a barangay (village) chairman and apprehended last month for carrying “hot logs” felled inside the Mt. Magdiwata watershed.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Town, DENR play tug-of-war over crocodile

The crocodile caught by accident by a group of fishermen near the Liguasan Marsh in M’lang, North Cotabato. WILLIAMOR A. MAGBANUA/INQUIRER MINDANAO

A freshwater crocodile that was accidentally trapped near the Liguasan Marsh on Saturday has become the subject of a tug-of-war between the municipality and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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

DENR tells LGU to turn over crocodile to care facility

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The Malaysian false gavial female crocodile which was killed during reproduction at a zoo in Amsterdam. AFP

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial office in Kidapawan City has called on the local government here to turn over the freshwater crocodile that was accidentally trapped by a group of fishermen near the Liguasan Marsh on Saturday afternoon.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Fishers who caught 8-foot crocodile want P40,000 cash for the beast

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The Malaysian false gavial female crocodile which was killed during reproduction at a zoo in Amsterdam. AFP

A group of fishermen caught a crocodile in the village of Dunguan here on Saturday but demanded P40,000 in cash in exchange for turning over the beast to authorities, local officials said.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Scientists on P1-B mangrove fund: Use wisely

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MANGROVES near a grounded boat in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar province, are showing signs of recovery from the effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” PHOTO COURTESY OF JURGENNE PRIMAVERA

At least P1 billion in public funds is available for the repair of mangrove areas hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” but the money should not be used to plant new mangroves, but simply protect existing ones, according to mangrove scientists and conservationists.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Devotees, mountaineers oppose Mt. Banahaw permanent closure

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Following recent fires that swept patches of forests and grasslands on Mt. Banahaw and nearby Mt. Cristobal, environment authorities are seriously considering plans to permanently close the mystical mountain from public intrusion but may not convince religious devotees and mountaineers.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Theft, vandalism expose Mt. Banahaw to poaching, intrusion

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VIEW of Mount Banahaw, a protected area that continues to be under threat from intrusion and poaching DELFIN T. MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

The theft of signs and fences that are supposed to help protect Mount Banahaw from poachers and intruders is keeping the job of forest guards very difficult.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Mt. San Cristobal on fire again—DENR

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File Photo courtesy of Jerome Quejano

Another fire broke out in Mount San Cristobal adjacent to the mystical Mount Banahaw in Quezon province and was still raging as of early evening Tuesday, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pagudpud resort won’t remove shore structures

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Most of the cottages and other structures built on the foreshore area surrounding the “Blue Lagoon,” the town’s favorite tourist destination in Barangay (village) Balaoi, had been removed, enabling tourists to enjoy an unobstructed view of the white sand and clear waters of Pagudpud.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Group behind illegal treks up Mt. Banahaw known

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The organizer of one of the Internet-based groups that offer a secret trek to the restricted peak of the mystical Mt. Banahaw (in photo) to religious pilgrims and nature trippers has been identified, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said on Sunday. Delfin Mallari Jr.

The organizer of one of the Internet-based groups that offer a secret trek to the restricted peak of the mystical Mt. Banahaw to religious pilgrims and nature trippers has been identified, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said on Sunday.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Army, civic organizations intensify reforestation in ARMM

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Faced with frequent weather disturbances and natural disasters, concerned sectors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao agreed to boost the Balik-Kalikasan Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Plea to protect Banahaw rings louder after 2 fires

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), a nongovernment organization and a mountaineer group on Friday called on pilgrims and nature trippers to keep off areas tagged off limits on Mt. Banahaw.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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