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Mt. Apo reopens to trekkers a year after “indefinite closure”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) -- The “indefinite closure” of the Mt. Apo to trekkers lasted only one year after the Mt. Apo...

Deadline set for removal of excess fish cages in Lake Sebu

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 March) -- The municipal government of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato has given local fish cage operators until the end...

Environmentalists to pro-mining groups: Secretary Lopez a blessing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – Calling her a “blessing”, environmentalists have come to the defense of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez from pro-mining groups who...

Official offers to share Australia’s “sustainable mining practices”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 February) – An Australian official has offered to share to the Philippine government and local industry players her country’s “sustainable and...

Envi groups back Sec. Lopez on closure of mining companies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) --  Green advocates here praised Environment secretary Regina Lopez for the closure of 23 mining operations and the...

Calamity feared as water hyacinths invade Maguindanao, North Cotabato

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 February) – Communities surrounding the Rio Grande de Mindanao feared another calamity may yet happen as water hyacinths continued to...

South Cotabato wants moratorium on fish cage ops in Lake Sebu

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) -- The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for a one-year moratorium on fish cage operations at the...

Dinagat village chiefs warn of bloodshed if mining enters their place

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Island (MindaNews/03 February) -- Blood will flow if mining companies set foot on our place, the village chiefs of Gibusong Island...

Cause of stranded dolphin’s death in Surigao investigated

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) -- Experts have started an investigation on what caused the death of the dolphin which was stranded Thursday morning in...

PM Abe to name rescued Philippine Eagle as “Sakura”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Jan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will name the Philippine Eagle rescued from Talaingod in Davao del Norte...

Search for Philippine Eagle breeding pair in Maitum recommended

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 06 January) --  The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) has recommended an immediate search for a possible breeding pair of...

Year-old Philippine Eagle rescued in Maitum, Sarangani

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /04 January) -- An estimated year-old Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) rescued in Barangay Batian in Maitum, Sarangani Monday arrived at the...

11 truckloads of illegally cut logs seized in Lanao del Sur     

MAGUING, Lanao del Sur (MindaNews/18 Dec) – Eleven truckloads of illegally cut logs, mostly endangered hardwood species, were seized in an anti-illegal logging operations...

Red tide alert still up in Mati

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) -- The red tide alert covering Balete Bay in the northwestern side of the Pujada Bay, in Mati, Davao Oriental...

Population of invasive starfish species increasing in Samal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) -- A species of starfish called crown of thorns is growing in number off the coast of Samal Island in...

DENR clarifies report on illegal logs seized in Davao del Norte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Southern Mindanao has clarified that illegal logs seized in Davao...

32 illegal loggers apprehended

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 July) -- Local authorities apprehended 32 suspected illegal loggers in Davao Region from January to June this year, an environment official...

Philippine Eagle nest found in Apayao, thanks to IP habitat conservation scheme

Jayson C. Ibañez Director-Research and Conservation Philippine Eagle Foundation In July of 1896, a local Samareño acting as guide to British Ornithologist John Whitehead brought back to...

Thousands displaced by floods in Sultan Kudarat province

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/24 June) – Flashfloods brought about by continuous heavy rains since Tuesday night displaced nearly 5,000 families (around 25,000 individuals) in this...

Search and Rescue teams dispatched to hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat

LEBAK, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 14 June) – Search and Rescue teams composed of soldiers, police and Bureau of Fire personnel from this town,...

China’s reclamations to cause fishery crisis, scientist warns

CORON, Palawan (MindaNews / 14 June) -- National scientist Dr. Angel Alcala warned that the ongoing Chinese reclamation and construction along the disputed areas...

Setting free Pamana on Independence Day

MT. HAMIGUITAN, Davao Oriental (MindaNews / 12 June) -- The flight of Philippine Eagle Pamana on Friday, Philippine Independence Day  meant a lot of...

National Greening Program won’t address climate change – former DENR exec

CEBU CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – The government’s National Greening Program or NGP won’t address the threats posed by climate change, a former environment official...

Environmental group to public: help fight grass and forest fires; plant more trees

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – An environmental protection advocacy group has appealed to the public to help fight grass and forest fires and to...

From Baclaran to Iligan Fr. Picardal: “I started as a solitary rider and ended...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) – Fr. Amado Picardal finally arrived in Iligan City on December 23, two weeks after he left Baclaran Church, along...

Dead “Treevolution” seedlings in Maguindanao village to be replaced

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – Volunteers replaced on Saturday the seedlings that were planted in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao as part of the...

Unsustainable fishing practices blamed for dwindling catch in Lake Mainit

MAINIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/01 October) – The population of pijanga or white goby in Lake Mainit appeared to have declined in recent years...

1,000 join tree planting in Maguindanao on world IP Day

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 August) – Around 1,000 individuals joined the tree planting activity as part of the commemoration of the International Day...

DENR, Zambo Sibugay POs tie up for greening program  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/13 July) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and 20 People’s Organizations in Zamboanga Sibugay have forged an agreement to...

Greenpeace seeks ban on shark hunting in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) -- A conservation group urged local government units in the Surigao provinces to impose a ban on the catching of...

Philippine Hawk Eagle released in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) -- The Philippine Hawk Eagle refused to fly at first and preferred to perch on the gloved hands...

Shark hunting thrives in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – Hunting of sharks has continued in the waters off Surigao City and Surigao del Norte and even in neighboring...

Group eyes 5,000 Diwalwal miners to use mercury-free facility

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) --- Environmental group BAN Toxics on Friday said it aims to convince 5,000 small-scale miners in Mt. Diwata in...

The birds have returned to Barira

CAMP IRANUN, Barira, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 April) – Birds have returned to Barangay Nabalawag in Barira, Maguindanao years after the community and other stakeholders embarked...

35 illegal structures in Lake Sebu demolished

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 March) -- Environment workers in South Cotabato province have demolished an initial 35 illegal structures in parts of Lake Sebu...

South Cotabato to restore denuded forests in T’boli

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 February) -- The provincial government of South Cotabato is planning to rehabilitate some 40 hectares of a denuded timberland area...

Wildlife from Indonesia intercepted in Surigao Port

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 February) – The  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here intercepted on Saturday dawn a vehicle carrying exotic wildlife species...

SouthCot’s revenues from mining drop in 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 February) -- South Cotabato’s mining and quarry revenues have dropped by around P3 million last year but officials expect the...

SouthCot to restore biodiversity sites in Mt. Matutum

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 January)-- Environment personnel are set to embark on a massive reforestation program to rehabilitate portions of a declared biodiversity corridor...

Possibility that Yolanda may hit Caraga not ruled out

 BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/ 07 Nov) -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) here said...

Minalwang: 4th killed among 6 Philippine Eagles released into the wild

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 October) – Minalwang, a male juvenile Philippine Eagle rescued from its captor in Gingoog City in October 2011, rehabilitated...
Rudy Muyco, the lake warden, laments the fish kill that recently hit Lake Sebu on Sunday, October 20, 2013, in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Bong Sarmiento

Still in a sorry state, Lake Sebu stinks for days due to fish kill

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/20 October)—An awful smell of dead, rotten fish has blanketed this town’s premier tourist attraction this past week after a...

Bukidnon environment monitor pushes for measurable ECC conditions

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 September) – Requirements for an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to industries should be quantified to ensure easier monitoring, officials of the...

Lao farmers need no ‘magic’ to adapt to climate change

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 September) -- The sky is still dark when 48-year old Ms Kham Phanyavong leaves her house at 3:30 AM on Saturday....

Use cyanide not mercury, Caraga small-scale miners urged

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga has urged small-scale miners in the region to use cyanide instead of mercury...

Villagers excited, anxious as mining firm opens plant in Surigao

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/03 September) – Residents of Barangay Taganito and three adjacent villages in this town have greeted with mixed reactions the...

IPM adopted to protect trees in ‘greening’ sites

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 September) -- Environment personnel in Region 12 have adopted the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to ensure the survival and...

PNoy on renewable energy: “more expensive… can’t provide baseload”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) -- Blaming the Arroyo administration for Mindanao’s energy problem, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in his State of the Nation...

SouthCot to undertake reforestation to prevent flooding

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 August) --  Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are planning to launch a massive reforestation program to rehabilitate the area’s...

40 families flee floods in Polomolok

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) -- Some 40 families of a riverside community in Polomolok town in South Cotabato fled to higher ground as...

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