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Plastic trash chokes Philippine seas

The Philippines generates an enormous amount of trash and is the third worst ocean plastic polluter in the world, according to a 2015...

Mindanao ‘much better’ in easing garbage woes — exec

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 27 June) --- Compliance to Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 is "much better"...

Saving Turtle ‘Agdao’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 June)  -- In early April 2018, Fermin Edillon got an urgent call from Gelaine Arguillas of the Department of...

SIDEBAR: Who spears a turtle?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 June) -- If the spear shaft recovered from 'Agdao,' the injured turtle (see main story)now being nursed back to...

Siargao town first in Surigao del Norte to ban use of plastic bags

PILAR, Siargao Island  (MindaNews / 11 March) -- Single-use plastic bags are no longer allowed in this town, the first to do so in...

Plastic bags with sand and wooden shrimp bait used to catch squid in Siargao

ANAJAWAN, General Luna, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 10 March) -- While non-government organizations are calling for a ban on plastic bags in the country's...

Mt. Apo via Sta. Cruz trail fully booked until April but closed for Holy...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 February) -- Trekking activities to Mt. Apo via Sta. Cruz trail in Davao Del Sur are fully booked until...

Siargao seeks DOT help for sanitary landfills

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 February) --  The Department of Tourism (DOT) plans to put up sanitary landfills on Siargao Island, in Surigao del...

Duterte to Cimatu: cancel permits of mining firms paying rev taxes to NPA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 January) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to cancel the permits of mining companies that...

Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series: ‘Strengthen green governance in Bukidnon’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – Strengthening environmental governance, including revisiting of the 2008 Bukidnon Declaration on the Environment and a review on...

Cortes town in Surigao del Sur has country’s cleanest coastline

It’s a sunny morning in the fishing village of Burgos, and the narrow banca is gliding past a maze of fish corrals towards a...

Envi group pushes for permeable pavement system

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 October) -- Environmental group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) is pushing for a permeable paving system in parking areas, gardens,...

Climate change seen as threat to shrimp production

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 August) – Unpredictable weather patterns attributed to climate change threaten shrimp production, a co-owner of the largest homegrown shrimp grower in Davao...

Duterte to hold dialogue with pro and anti-mining advocates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) --  President Rodrigo Duterte will call to a dialogue supporters and anti-mining advocates to discuss destructive operations of...

Youth’s low interest in environment alarms group

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) expressed alarm over the result of a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao’s...

Apo climbers told to respect biodiversity to avoid fire

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – Climbers to Mt. Apo must “observe environmentalism and respect for the biodiversity” to avoid another massive fire that destroyed at least 100 hectares...

Climate change, plantations threaten Liguasan Marsh

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – Liguasan Marsh in Southwestern Mindanao is facing threats caused by climate change and chemical pollution owing to the growing...

Duterte on CA’s rejection of Lopez: “lobby money talks;” Lacson says “sweeping assault...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 May) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said the Commission on Appointment's rejection of Gina Lopez as Environment Secretary is "sayang"...

“A sad day for the country,” Mindanawons say of CA’s rejection of Lopez

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 May) --  "A sad day for the country," was how Mindanawons described the Commission on Appointments' rejection of  the...

A primer on the 12 April Magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Lanao del Sur

Issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on 12 April 2017 What is happening in Lanao del Sur? At 5:21 AM on 12 April...

Tamayong trail to Mt. Apo will remain closed to trekkers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) -- The Barangay Tamayong trail that leads to Mt. Talomo and the adjacent Mt. Apo Natural Park will...

Group dares PAMB to climb Mt. Apo to know mountain’s real status

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – Hold your consultation meeting on the peak of Mt. Apo so you will know the real status of the...

“Recidivist environmental violator” in Dinagat spared by DENR

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) -- Local environment officials and advocates expressed both wonderment and anger over why a large-scale nickel mining firm which has...

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...

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