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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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Sargassum is aplenty at a warehouse of a local buyer in Barangay San Juan in Surigao City being sold for P8 a kilo in this photo taken May 21, 2013. This common brownish seaweed floating near the shoreline is being massively harvested in Surigao City and neighboring islands and exported to China. Common uses include animal feeds and liquid fertilizers. But concerned citizens are worried that the unabated harvest may cause marine ecological imbalance. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

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...
CATCH AND FREE. Pamocino Florino, 55, a local fisherman of an island village of Danawan in Surigao City caught a sea turtle and a baby shark while fishing on the waters. These endangered species were released back on the waters yesterday afternoon (April 21, 2013). Mindanews Photo by Roel N. Catoto

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...

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...

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...
Some 400 protesters barricade the gate of Mines and Geosciences Bureau regional office in Surigao City Friday afternoon. The protest which started last March 11 stemmed from the refusal of the MGB to enforce a court order preventing the MarcVentures Mining Development Corporation from operating in a watershed in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. Mindanews Photo by Erwin

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

DENR-12 to finish WB-funded surveys by yearend

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 February) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 is targeting the completion before yearend of...
BOYS WILL BE BOYS. Boys find time to play on 28 Jan 2013 amid the destruction caused by Typhoon Pablo in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

New Bataan: To relocate or not?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 discussed Tuesday whether or not to relocate the entire municipality of...

Heavy rains spawn floods in Koronadal

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/25 January)---Floods hit parts of this city, the seat of government of Region 12, early Friday night after a heavy rainfall that...

Gina Lopez rallies Surigaonons vs. mining

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 23 Jan) – Staunch anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez rallied residents in the seven towns of Surigao del Sur...

Protected status of Lake Sebu pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 January) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Region 12 is pushing for the declaration of the scenic Lake...
PRECIOUS WATER These boys brave the strong river currents just to bring drinking water from the town proper to Purok 8 in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on Thursday. Purok 8 is one of the villages that got isolated after super typhoon Pablo triggered flash floods, created this new river and destroyed the town's water system on December 4. MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Landslides, floods feared as LPA nears; forced evacuations done in New Bataan

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/02 January) –  The regions of Caraga and Davao in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas have been warned against flashfloods and landslides as...

Baganga village bounces back

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental- Days after typhoon Pablo inundated their village, Barangay Ban-ao chair Mera Adlawan Ching thought the community and the life they knew would...
At 4:00 p.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm "QUINTA" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 90 km Southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.3°N, 126.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecast to move west at 24 kph. Northeast monsoon affecting Luzon.

Forced evacuation imposed in Siargao Islands as Typhoon Quinta approaches landfall

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) --  Forced evacuation is now in place in Siargao Islands,  the country’s surfing capital,  following the intensification of  tropical depression...

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The bagyo boys of New Bataan

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/25 Dec) -- Kagawad Boy Polinar, his wife and I were surveying what used to be three blocks of houses in Purok...
Tropical Depression Quinta

Typhoon Quinta to make landfall in Dinagat Wednesday; 6 provinces under Signal 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) –  Six provinces along the northeastern part of Mindanao  have been placed under public storm warning signal 1 as the...

Low pressure area nearing Mindanao; PAGASA warns vs landslides, flashfloods

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) –  Residents in flood-prone and landslide-prone areas in eastern and northern Mindanao are being urged to move to evacuation centers...

PCA-11 eyes replanting of coconut trees in 40,000 ha

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 23 December) --- A total of 40,000 hectares (ha) will be replanted to coconut trees in the Davao Region as part...
Strong winds brought by Typhoon Pablo on Tuesday (4 Dec 2012) destroyed hundreds of hectares of banana plantations in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province. Mindanews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

‘Pablo’ to exact P9.6B value losses in 2013–MinDA

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/ 23 December)—Typhoon “Pablo” would exact an estimated value losses of P9.6 billion for 2013 in areas hardest hit by the disaster,...

POETRY: 3 X Pablo. by Ricardo M. de Ungria

3 X Pablo by Ricardo M. de Ungria IN PDF FORMAT: m23deungria 1. The Once At least 110 persons died, 119 were initially recorded as injured and 243 more...
Nothing Left

Nothing Left

Aurelio Pescadio, 58, shows where his shop once stood in Trento, Agusan del Sur on Dec. 21. 2012. The shop of Pescadio sells bukag...

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