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 continue tree planting. In a statement,… »

From Baclaran to Iligan Fr. Picardal: “I started as a solitary rider and ended with the biking community”  

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

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 “Treevolution” campaign but did not survive.… »

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 based on the dwindling catch of… »

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 of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on… »

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 implement the National Greening Program (NGP)… »

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 all kinds of sharks. Vince Cinches,… »

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 of Roel Dahonog, acting chief of… »

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 areas despite calls by conservation groups… »

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 Monkayo, Compostela Valley province, to use mercury-free… »

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 on a tree planting program, village… »

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 as part of the continuing massive… »

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 in T’boli town as it continues… »

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 from Indonesia, as it was about… »

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 collections to pick up in 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 in two municipalities straddled by the… »

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 the possibility that super typhoon Yolanda… »

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 at the Philippine Eagle Center here… »

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 fish kill hit Lake Sebu once… »

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 Bukidnon Multi-partite Environmental Monitoring Task Force… »

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. She has to be at That… »

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 in the process of recovering gold… »

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 start tomorrow of operations of 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 proper growth of trees planted in… »

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 Address on July 22 said his… »

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 denuded forests and critical watersheds. Siegfred… »

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 flashfloods swept the area on Saturday… »

‘They might hunt wildlife again’

LUANG PRABANG PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews/08 July) — Some developments within or surrounding the protected areas in the country might have negative environmental impacts, affecting the people’s livelihood and pushing them… »

Bukidnon SP creates committee on climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness

MALAYBALAY CITY(MindaNews/03 July) – In its inaugural session last Monday, the Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan included four new areas among its existing committees, including climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness. Provincial… »

Empowering villagers to protect wildlife

HUAPHAN PROVINCE, Laos (MindaNews/02 July) — Families from 14 villages in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL-NPA) have now signed a contract to participate in an ecotourism programme… »

Fish catch declines in the Mekong River

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/17 June) — In a makeshift house floating near the banks of the Mekong River, a 41-year old man fixed fish nets as the water catches the silver… »

General Luna exec vows to set up 200-hectare marine sanctuary this year

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/06 June)—A 200-hectare marine sanctuary will be established within the year off the waters of this locality dubbed as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines,”… »

NPA vows stronger armed resistance vs Glencore Xstrata’s Tampakan project

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/04 June) – The New People’s Army (NPA) will launch stronger armed resistance against the Tampakan copper-gold project of the merged Glencore Xstrata plc., a rebel leader said Tuesday.… »

Massive gathering of vital seaweed in Surigao alarms concerned citizens

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – The massive gathering of sargassum, the brownish floating seaweed commonly seen near the shore, has alarmed some concerned citizens in the city, fearing… »

Captured marine turtle, baby shark released back to sea in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) — A local fisherman released back to the sea on Sunday afternoon a marine turtle and a baby reef shark that he accidentally caught in his… »

DENR-11 to count tarsiers in Kapalong town, Mati City

DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/07 April)  – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will start at the end of this month a population count of tarsiers in Barangay Bobon, Mati City… »

Voters want Malaybalay pols to focus on economy, education, environment

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – Economy, education and the environment topped the list of issues that voters said should be prioritized by those who will lead the city government in… »

Hundreds protest MGB Caraga to push anew TEPO implementation

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March)—Around 300 protesters flocked to the office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region Friday to strongly demand anew the implementation of the temporary… »

Caves protection in Davao Norte town pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 March) – About a hundred caves are found in New Corella town in Davao del Norte but mostly have not been assessed yet by the… »

Kidapawan to build stairway to Mt. Apo; Online petition launched against it

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/05 March) – People who wish to reach the summit of Mt. Apo the easy way may soon get their wish with the plan of the city government… »

Surigao officials appeal to MGB for mining committee seats

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Feb)  —  Local officials affected by the planned streamlining of membership to three mining committees for environment and social development programs have appealed to the Mines and… »

SouthCot board stays firm on open-pit mining ban; critics hit approval of SMI’s ECC

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato rallied behind the provincial environment code that bans open pit mining method as the local Catholic Church urged the… »

ECC no guarantee for SMI to mine – MGB exec

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Feb) – The issuance of a conditional environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) does not guarantee that the company would… »

Tampakan copper-gold project gets ECC; SouthCot stands pat on open pit mining ban

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/19 February)—Castigating Environment Secretary Ramon Paje for flip-flopping on the agency’s decision to now give foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. an environmental compliance certificate (ECC), South Cotabato Gov. Arthur… »

‘Hot’ lumber seized from vessel in Sarangani Bay

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 February) — Navy personnel seized around 30,000 board feet of alleged illegally-cut lumber while being transported aboard a light cargo vessel off  Sarangani Bay on Monday,… »

CHR to sue military for killing of tribal leader’s wife, 2 sons in Tampakan

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/17 February)—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will file a case against the soldiers involved in the operations that resulted to the death of three civilians last October… »

Task Force Pablo holds first briefing in ComVal

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/16 February)— Two months after super typhoon ‘Pablo’ struck, key officials of Task Force Pablo held Friday at the  Nabunturan provincial capitol its first briefing with local government… »

Bukidnon SP approves ‘green discount’ for RPT

MALAYBALAY CITY  (MindaNews/15 February) —The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bukidnon has approved an ordinance granting real property tax (RPT) discounts to properties with trees growing on them, provincial board member Jay Albarece… »

Don’t catch more ‘Lolongs’ please, tribe asks

LORETO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews/14 February) – An indigenous community living in Agusan Marsh urged the protection of the remaining crocodiles and other forms of wildlife in their area a… »

Church group to DENR: act on BFI’s violations

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 February) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) should act on the alleged violations committed by the Bukidnon Forests Inc. (BFI) and its contractor in… »

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