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Canadian garbage dumped in Phl

THE committee on ecology of the Philippine House of Representatives will conduct an inquiry into the shipment of recyclable materials that contained “heterogeneous plastic scrap materials” that arrived in the Port of Manila.
According to a group of Filipino environmentalists headed by Anna Marie Kapunan, the Canadian garbage with decomposing community wastes, including used adult diapers, was shipped to Manila early last year.
Kapunan said the materials, considered as contraband in violation of the Basel Ban convention, were seized by the Bureau of Customs and impounded causing the government to lose P71,736,280.00 (equivalent to 2,488,250.00 in Canadian currency) due to storage and demurrage.
She said despite the government’s efforts to follow protocols in coordinating with the Canadian Embassy to fulfill its part in shipping the wastes back to Canada, the garbage continued to remain in the Philippines.

Phl senator fears of climate change impact

PHILIPPINE Senator Loren Legarda on Tuesday renewed her call for greater climate change action, particularly significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as she expressed alarm over the pronouncement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that time is running out to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.
Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, said the international community, all national governments, all sectors of society and all citizens of the world must unite and work double time to limit global warming to a safer two degrees Celsius because beyond that, the Earth will suffer rising seas, worsening natural hazards and extinction of many species.

Protesters shout: No to Torre de Manila!

PHILIPPINE Senator Pia Cayetano continues throwing her support behind the parallel inquiry being conducted by the House of Representatives on the construction of the controversial Torre de Manila high-rise condominium across Rizal Park in Manila.
“I am pleased that the House of Representatives has started its own hearings on the matter of Torre de Manila, which stands to alter and destroy the iconic sightline of Rizal Monument,” said the senator, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Art and Culture.
“It is encouraging to know that members in both chambers of Congress are supporting efforts to safeguard our historical sites which form an integral part of our national identity,” added the senator, referring to the public hearing conducted by the House Committee on Metro Manila Development Authority earlier this week.

Filipinos warned against typhoon

THE Philippine government on Saturday asked the public to keep monitoring the weather and to take the necessary precautions as a storm near Luzon may bring heavy rains that could result to flooding.
“We appeal to everyone to keep monitoring the weather and to take the necessary precautions,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
Valte said the weather bureau (PAGASA) has already warned residents in low-lying areas against landslides and flooding.

‘Protect Verde Island Passage in Philippines’

A Philippine lawmaker on Thursday called on his colleagues at the House of Representatives to support a bill declaring Verde Island Passage in Oriental Mindoro province as a Marine Protected Area and Eco-tourism Zone.
Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) filed House Bill 3086 mandating the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), the local government units and other concerned government agencies to prepare a marine protected area and eco-tourism master plan.
“As a Marine Protected Area and Eco-tourism Zone, the Verde Island Passage shall be subject to the rules and regulations governing the development of an eco-tourism zone,” Umali said.
He said the bill is in consonance with the policy of the State to protect its natural resources in relation to the promotion of a sustainable tourism industry.
Umali stressed that the country should formulate effective strategies to conserve its resources and enable the industry to become a major source of livelihood and employment as well as rationalize all efforts pertaining to environmental protection.
“Aggressive measures seeking to restore the country’s share in the global tourist market shall be consistent with the preservation of the natural environment and the ecosystem,” Umali said.
He said the province of Oriental Mindoro is bestowed with various natural aquatic treasures, one of which is the Verde Island Passage.
America’s Smithsonian Institute has described the Verde Island Passage as the center of the world’s marine biodiversity.
“The passage is host to spectacular reef formations of more than 300 species of coral and underwater rock canyons that is home to more than half of the worlds’ known shore fish species,” Umali stressed.
The Verde Island Passage is about 100 kilometers in length and about 20 kilometers across at its narrowest point.
The bill mandates the DENR to issue the necessary rules and regulations, review and strengthen existing local structural frameworks to enhance cooperation and support, which shall ensure the preservation of the natural resources in the area.

‘Let’s protect Verde Island Passage!’

A Philippine lawmaker on Thursday called on his colleagues at the House of Representatives to support his bill declaring Verde Island Passage in Oriental Mindoro province as a Marine Protected Area and Eco-tourism Zone.
Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) filed House Bill 3086 mandating the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), the local government units and other concerned government agencies to prepare a marine protected area and eco-tourism master plan.
“As a Marine Protected Area and Eco-tourism Zone, the Verde Island Passage shall be subject to the rules and regulations governing the development of an eco-tourism zone,” Umali said.
He said the bill is in consonance with the policy of the State to protect its natural resources in relation to the promotion of a sustainable tourism industry.
Umali stressed that the country should formulate effective strategies to conserve its resources and enable the industry to become a major source of livelihood and employment as well as rationalize all efforts pertaining to environmental protection.
“Aggressive measures seeking to restore the country’s share in the global tourist market shall be consistent with the preservation of the natural environment and the ecosystem,” Umali said.
He said the province of Oriental Mindoro is bestowed with various natural aquatic treasures, one of which is the Verde Island Passage.
America’s Smithsonian Institute has described the Verde Island Passage as the center of the world’s marine biodiversity.
“The passage is host to spectacular reef formations of more than 300 species of coral and underwater rock canyons that is home to more than half of the worlds’ known shore fish species,” Umali stressed.
The Verde Island Passage is about 100 kilometers in length and about 20 kilometers across at its narrowest point.
The bill mandates the DENR to issue the necessary rules and regulations, review and strengthen existing local structural frameworks to enhance cooperation and support, which shall ensure the preservation of the natural resources in the area.

‘Agaton’ threatens Philippines

THE low pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao in Southern Philippines has a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours and will be codenamed “Agaton”, the state weather bureau said on Wednesday

Weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said that as of 4:00 a.m., the LPA was spotted at 100 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (11.5°N 126.4°E) in Central Philippines.

She said the LPA will continue to dump moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the regions of Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga and Northern Philippines.

Indigenous Filipinos in Zamboanga in danger

A resident from Pasig City in Metro Manila on Tuesday asked the local government of Zamboanga City in Southern Philippines not to exile the Badjao people from their traditional living areas.

In a petition coursed through Change.org, Honee Alipio appealed to Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar to respect the Badjao’s centuries-old culture before implementing the rehabilitations plans.

“Article 3, Section 6 of the Bill of Rights guarantees every Filipino the liberty of abode,” Alipio said. “To restrict the liberty of abode, a judicial act is needed.”

‘Yolanda’ ruins 90% of coral reefs in Philippines

AN environment management specialist on Friday said that aside from killing thousands of people, typhoon “Yolanda” also destroyed some fishing grounds in Central Philippines whose main income relies on agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.

Emelinda Abyan said that in the town of Concepcion alone, province of Iloilo, almost 90 percent of the coral reefs in their municipal waters were completely ruined.

According to Abyan, she saw the massive marine destruction when she dove into the seawaters of Concepcion last December 8, 2013 or one month after the typhoon wreaked havoc in Northern Iloilo.