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By Jeannette I. Andrade
There’s more sobering news on the state of the country’s environment, according to an environment official during Monday’s celebration of Earth Day: The Philippines has the second-lowest forest cover in Southeast Asia and its biodiversity is among the most threatened in the world; despite the country having one of the most extensive coral reef areas in the world, only 2 percent of them remain in excellent condition.
By DJ Yap
Alien species are invading Philippine forests and lakes, threatening endemic and indigenous flora and fauna, officials said on Wednesday.
By Villamor Visaya Jr.
A 59-year-old forester died on the spot on January 1 at 12:30 a.m., when he was gunned down with an armalite rifle by still unidentified men as he was trying to prevent the entry of a wood-loaded truck at a checkpoint in Barangay (village) San Pedro in Maddela, Quirino, sketchy reports from local police and environment officials, said.
By Danilo V. Adorador III
While illegal loggers feast on forests left vulnerable by corruption and weak enforcement of the government’s moratorium on logging operations, thousands of wood industry workers throughout Caraga Region must face the adversities of joblessness.
Father-of-five Alex Lesber patrols one of the country’s most important forests carrying a cheap pistol and memories of a pastor being shot dead in front of him.
By Norman Bordadora
Sen. Franklin Drilon wants a review of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported that its implementation may have already caused a massive reduction in the size of country’s forests.
By Kristine L. Alave
A battle between farmers and Sagittarius Mines, the operator of the copper-gold mine set to open in southern Mindanao in 2016, is looming over water resources in the lush, mineral-rich province of Davao del Sur.
By Kristine L. Alave
To curb the encroachment of human population and disruptive economic activities into forest lands, the Department of Environment declared on Monday that no land titles would be given to areas that overlapped with or were included in proposed protected areas.
A complaint was filed on Tuesday against two men accused of hacking down trees to make charcoal in sitio Kulabtingon, barangay Sudlon II in Cebu City. Richard Ubod and his son Jonard were accused of violating Presidential Decree 705 or the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines in charges filed with the Cebu City Prosecutors’ [...]
By Carmela Reyes-Estrope
, Tonette Orejas
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines—Forest cover in the western side of Nueva Ecija and Bulacan, while “adequate” in normal circumstances, could no longer absorb heavy rainfall, the release of water from three dams in Bulacan and the high tide that triggered severe flooding in Central Luzon at the height of typhoon “Pedring” last week, [...]
By Candeze R. Mongaya
Five hectares of a reforestation site in barangay Sudlon, Cebu City, was found ravaged by illegal tree cutters.
By Aquiles Z. Zonio
KORONADAL City, Philippines—Governor Arthur Pingoy has vowed not to allow any open-pit mining operations in his province unless a court declares as illegal a landmark local legislation, which bans such a mining practice. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) here passed an ordinance banning open-pit mine in 2010. Pingoy issued the statement on Friday during the [...]
By Inquirer Southern Luzon
, Maricar Cinco
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—Environmentalist and political activist Fr. Robert Reyes expressed his disappointment at the Catholic Church “for making too much noise” on the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, when he believed forest destruction, mining, and the killing of environmental activists are as much a pressing issue. Reyes, popularly known as the “running priest,” believed environmental [...]