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Public urged to conserve water

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

EMB seeks probe of transport of black sand

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A firm contracted by the Pangasinan government to develop a golf course in Lingayen town is in trouble with environment officials for the alleged unauthorized transport of a stockpile of 1,000 metric tons of black sand to a port facility.

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

2 rivers, 2 lakes in Visayas, Mindanao eyed as sources of drinking water

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Two rivers and two lakes in the country’s southern parts have been classified as potential sources of drinking water by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), an official said Thursday.

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

Mining ‘accountability’ body set up by Aquino administration

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje AFP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) expressed optimism that the country’s mining sector would become even more conscientious and transparent in its operations with the creation of an accountability mechanism for the industry.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Paje unfazed by appointments body’s snub

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje AFP FILE PHOTO

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Thursday said he was not bothered by the continuing reluctance of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to confirm his ad-interim appointment three years into his term.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

4 Cabinet members bypassed by CA

The Commission on Appointments has effectively bypassed the appointments of four Cabinet members, including three who had been in their position when President Aquino assumed office in 2010.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Yet again, Paje fails to get confirmation

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje AFP FILE PHOTO

Three years into his term, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje again failed to get the nod of the Commission on Appointments at a hearing on Wednesday.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PH needs P347M to restore coastal forests in Eastern Visayas

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An aerial image taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan, Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

The government will be needing at least P347-M to restore mangrove and natural beaches along the coast of Eastern Visayas, said Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t declares coastlines no-build zones

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President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER PHOTO                 Environment Secretary Ramon Paje. AFP FILE PHOTOS

President Benigno Aquino III has ordered Environment Secretary Ramon Paje to keep coastlines off limits to homes after huge waves spawned by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swamped seaside villages in central Philippines.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Most Filipinos are without proper sewerage—Paje

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Millions of Filipino households are still not connected to piped sewerage, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said Tuesday as he urged local governments to put up their own sanitation and wastewater treatment facilities.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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