Solving garbage problem starts at home: Cimatu

MANILA — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said solving the country’s garbage woes can start at home. Speaking before employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City on Monday, Cimatu urged all community environment and natural resources officers (CENROs) nationwide to further promote solid waste management (SWM) at the household level. “My … Read More

3-meter-high sea waves possible in N. Luzon as ‘amihan’ resurges

MANILA — The weather bureau warned Friday the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is resurging and affecting northern Luzon, likely causing some disturbance in the seas in the area this weekend. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that this poses danger to sailing in the area. “Expected moderate to strong ‘amihan’ winds … Read More

‘Rosita’ worsens north Luzon’s landslide risk: geologist

MANILA — Landslides may recur in Northern Luzon due, this time, to Typhoon Rosita, which the weather bureau has forecast to strike on Tuesday (Oct. 30), a government geologist has warned. Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) geologist Ruth Madrideo said “Rosita” will raise Northern Luzon’s landslide susceptibility, as the soil in the area is already saturated … Read More

‘Rosita’ may fan rough seas till Nov. 1

MANILA — Rough seas are likely until Thursday (Nov. 1) along Luzon’s western portion due to Typhoon Rosita, endangering small vessels in those waters. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has forecast “Rosita” to be already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by then, but the tropical cyclone can still reach and … Read More

Vegetables posted highest price increases among food items

MANILA — Vegetables posted the highest year-on-year price increases in August among other food and non-alcoholic drink products in the market, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority have revealed. Data showed that the average prices of vegetables sold nationwide were 19.2 percent higher in August than the average vegetable prices a year ago. Price increase … Read More

LGUs urged to reward environment-friendly businesses

MANILA — The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) is urging local government units (LGUs) to issue ordinances in rewarding establishments that use environment-friendly packaging. “LGUs can consider issuing respective ordinances on the matter and possibly give incentives,” said NSWMC Secretariat Executive Director Eligio Ildefonso on Wednesday. The suggestion aims to address the country’s worsening garbage … Read More

Bid to solve Boracay encroachment problem advances

  MANILA — The government is making headway in addressing Boracay Island’s woes on encroachment in wetlands, forest land, and easements nearly a month after the shutdown of this top tourist destination began. “Wetlands and forest land are being monitored with the relocation of boundaries almost completed,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said in his Boracay clean-up … Read More

Hundreds of establishments face raps for polluting Boracay: DENR

  MANILA — Establishments that go on polluting top tourist destination Boracay Island will face legal charges before the government’s new Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB). Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu made sure this will be done after ordering over 100 Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel to identify the sources of untreated discharges that pollute … Read More

NegOr warned of possible stronger quake after series of tremors

MANILA — Negros Oriental may experience an earthquake stronger than those that have been striking the province lately, particularly on the province’s southern portion, state geologists have warned. “A potentially active fault there might generate such earthquake,” science research assistant Tom Simborio of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) told the Philippine News Agency … Read More