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PH has SE Asia’s lowest forest cover

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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.

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Aliens’ invade Philippine forests, lakes

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Alien species are invading Philippine forests and lakes, threatening endemic and indigenous flora and fauna, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Quirino forester gunned down just after New Year revelry

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Maddela, Quirino

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.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Total log ban’s aftermath hits hard on wood industry workers

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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.

Posted: November 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Rangers losing war to save PH forest

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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.

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Drilon seeks review of law on indigenous people’s rights

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Senator Franklin Drilon

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.

Posted: September 18th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Farmers oppose open-pit copper-gold mine in Davao Sur

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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.

Posted: May 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

DENR freezes land titling in forest lands, protected areas

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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.

Posted: December 12th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Man, son face charges for cutting trees in watershed

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’ [...]

Posted: October 6th, 2011 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Forests in Cental Luzon no match for unusual volume of rainfall, says DENR exec

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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, [...]

Posted: October 2nd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Trees in Sudlon end up black coal

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Five hectares of a reforestation site in barangay Sudlon, Cebu City, was found ravaged by illegal tree cutters.

Posted: September 29th, 2011 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

S. Cotabato governor vows to block open pit mining

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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 [...]

Posted: September 25th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Priest scores Church for ‘too much noise’ on RH bill

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The "running priest" Fr. Robert Reyes (left)

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 [...]

Posted: June 12th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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