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Two Americans rescued from grounded ship near Tubbataha

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Local fishermen rescue two foreign crew of a yacht that ran aground near Tubbataha Reef. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD

The Philippine Coastguard (PCG) has rescued two Americans aboard a yacht from Palau which ran aground the Tubbataha Reef in Palawan.

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

Palawan mural celebrates Tubbataha, haven of dolphins in PH

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VOLUNTEERS paint a wall in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, in collaboration with artist AG Saño, to commemmorate the 25th anniversary of Tubbataha Reefs, the Philippines’ largest marine protected area.  Redempto Anda/Inquirer Southern Luzon

Renowned artist AG Saño and about 50 local volunteers collaborated on Sunday on a mural on the outside wall of a three-story building at the center of the city to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tubbataha Reefs, the country’s largest marine protected area and a UN-inscribed World Heritage Site.

Posted: June 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

New quandary in Tubbataha: Who will pay for towing?

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Government agencies are now asking each other who is going to pay the Subic-based towing firm that was tapped by the government to pull out the Chinese ship Min Long Yu from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

Posted: April 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Madrigal seeks Aquino’s help to release funds to police protected areas

Former Sen. Jamby Madrigal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Team Pnoy senatorial bet Jamby Madrigal on Sunday urged Malacañang to prioritize the release of P150 million earmarked for government agencies tasked to keep watch over the country’s protected areas, including Tubbataha Reef.

Posted: April 14th, 2013 in Election Photos,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Madrigal calls for tighter security around Tubbataha Reef

Former Senator Jamby Madrigal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Amidst reports that a Chinese fishing vessel had run aground in Tubbataha Reef, Team PNoy senatorial bet Jamby Madrigal on Tuesday called for tighter security measures around the Unesco World Heritage site.

Posted: April 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Officials seek fines for reef damage by USS Guardian

Tubbataha Reef Parks officials aired the hope, on Sunday, that the US Navy would pay the “appropriate fine” for the damage to the reef caused by the Jan. 17 grounding of the USS Guardian.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

US minesweepers engines removed as dismantling continues

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The USS Guardian dismantling operation continued on Thursday after the grounded US Navy minesweeper’s four engines were removed and transferred to a barge by the lead crane ship Jascon 25, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

Posted: March 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bad weather halts dismantling of grounded warship

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The USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is still stuck after running aground Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Sulu Sea, in this Jan. 17 photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. AP FILE PHOTO

Bad weather has forced a US Navy-hired salvage team to suspend its operation to dismantle the USS Guardian, grounded since Jan. 17 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Motion seeking to re-negotiate Visiting Forces Agreement filed with SC

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The USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is still stuck after running aground Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Sulu Sea, in this Jan. 17 photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. AP FILE PHOTO

A motion has been filed with the Supreme Court that sought the re-negotiation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which was prompted following the grounding of a minesweeper in the Unesco heritage site Tubbataha national park.

Posted: February 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Divers to re-assess Tubbataha damage after dismantling of USS Guardian

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Joint assessment of the Philippine Coast Guard, US Navy and Tubbataha Reef Management on the damage caused by the grounding of USS Guardian on the Sulu Sea continued on Wednesday.

Posted: February 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Coastguard divers to make final assessment of damage on Tubbataha

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The USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is still stuck after running aground Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Sulu Sea, in this Jan. 17 photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. AP FILE PHOTO

Philippine Coast Guard divers will make a “final assessment” of the USS Guardian’s damage on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea once the grounded US Navy mine countermeasure vessel is removed from the Philippine marine park, the PCG spokesperson has told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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

It can take 10,000 years for damaged corals to fully regrow, says Hontiveros

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It could take more than 10,000 years before the corals damaged by a US Navy ship in the Tubbataha Reefs will regrow to its previous state, Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros said Thursday.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

USS Guardian caused 1,000 square meters damage to Tubbataha Reef — PCG

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Damage on Tubbataha Reef caused by the US Navy minesweeper that ran aground in Sulu Sea has been estimated at 1,000 square meters based on initial assessment, the Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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