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

Mayon’s edifice might collapse with more lava flows: Phivolcs

MANILA — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned on Monday that a “hazardous eruption” might occur in the coming days, when the Mayon Volcano’s cone-shaped portion, called edifice, might partially collapse with more intense lava flows. Phivolcs science research specialist Eric Arconado said part of Mayon’s edifice might collapse during a hazardous eruption. … Read More

PH palay production picks up

  MANILA — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that October to December palay or unmilled rice production rebounded in 2017 from its -3.62 percent growth in 2016. Last year’s production volume grew 4.37 percent to 7.32 million metric tons, exceeding 2016’s 7.01 million metric tons, which was lower than the 7.27 million metric tons in … Read More

Technology paves new way towards correct Filipino

MANILA – Is it ‘imahe’ or ‘imahen?’ ‘Dyaryo’ or ‘diyaryo?’ Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is developing a software that aims to help address misspelling of words in Filipino, the country’s national language. Targeted for launching in 2018, KWF’s first spellchecker software will operate much like Microsoft Word’s own by alerting people about wrong spelling … Read More

Cloudiness, ‘habagat’ rains likely until Thursday afternoon

MANILA — Lightning, moderate to occasional heavy rains, strong winds and flash flood are possible in Metro Manila, the Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa. According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 24-hour forecast released Wednesday afternoon, cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms are likely … Read More

Even after its exit, ‘Isang’ remains a threat, says PAGASA

  MANILA — Waves up to 14 meters high are still possible this week in the waters off Northern Luzon’s northernmost Batanes province despite the exit of tropical storm ‘Isang’ (international name Hato) from the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). “Such danger of sailing there will remain until ‘Isang’ landfalls in China,” said weather forecaster Nikos Peñaranda … Read More