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Environment

Center seeks stronger cooperation for protection of Tubbataha Reefs, a ‘hidden gem’ in Sulu...

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 14 October) – The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) has called for a stronger cooperation for the protection of the...

Marbel diocese launches signature campaign for retention of open-pit mining ban in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 16 August)  – A Catholic Church-led signature campaign to demand the retention of the controversial open-pit mining ban in South...

More disposable face masks and plastic waste recovered in river clean-up  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 August) -- An environmentalist group is urging the local government to create a mechanism to regulate the entry of...

Group to Mayor Sara: Reject incineration project, safeguard the environment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 August) – Uphold the rights of the Dabawenyos to a “clean, healthy, and balanced environment” by rejecting a waste-to-energy...

44M kilos of fertilizer from South Korea shipped to Surigao del Sur landfill

It was intended as an ‘alternative daily cover’ for the sanitary landfill of Carrascal town in Surigao del Sur, but a local environment officer...

Forest cleared, structures built within watershed in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) – Environment groups have raised the alarm on the reported cutting of trees within the Panigan-Tamugan watershed in...

COVID-19 has not stopped people from hunting Philippine Eagles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 June) – COVID-19 has not stopped people from hunting Philippine Eagles (Pithecophaga jefferyi), a bird listed as “critically endangered”...

Doing field research and conservation amid a pandemic: the Philippine Eagle Foundation experience

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 02 May) -- On March 9, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the whole country under a State of Public Health Emergency...

Environmentalists, church leaders to Duterte: EO 130 will bring more death and destruction in...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) –  Alarmed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s lifting of the nearly nine-year moratorium on the grant of new mineral...

Overshoot

A vehicle gets stuck in a ricefield in Koronadal City on Sunday, 18 April 2021, allegedly caused by a  driver's miscalculation along an accident-prone...

Pandemic forces Esperanza farmers to sell birds to buy food

ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat  (MindaNews / 14 February) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced farmers in Esperanza town to sell birds to motorists along the...

Marble extracted from rescued Philippine eagle

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 January) -- A veterinarian at the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) here removed a piece of marble embedded near the...

No more mining operations in Tawi-Tawi’s Tumbagaan Island since 2015 – envi exec

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) --  Mining operations on Tumbagaan Island off Languyan, Tawi-Tawi which President Rodrigo Duterte during a Cabinet meeting on...

T’boli farmer rescues Philippine Eagle in Maitum, Sarangani

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 January) – On the day the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) announced the death of the first captive bred eagle...
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

Fish kill in Lake Sebu triggers emergency harvest of tilapia

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 09 January) --  Another fish kill episode hit Lake Sebu in South Cotabato starting Friday, forcing tilapia fish cage...

Philippine Eagle Pag-asa: bred and hatched in captivity, lived and died in captivity

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 January) –Pag-asa (Hope), the first Philippine Eagle successfully bred through cooperative artificial insemination and hatched on January 15, 1992...

Flooding in Agusan’s San Francisco town believed triggered by housing project in watershed

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 20 December) -- Concerned residents here expressed alarm that the massive flooding at the town center brought...

‘Vicky’ causes heavy flooding in several Agusan del Sur towns

CAGAYAN DE ORO. (MindaNews / 18 December) -- Vehicular traffic in Agusan del Sur ground to a halt Friday after portions of the Maharlika...

Philippine ‘raptor boy’ shows it takes a village to protect a migration route

In Glan, a town at the southern tip of the Philippines, a community has been actively protecting a migratory raptor flyway for the...

Lockdown tales of 7 Philippine Eagles; 3 released back to the wild

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) -- Seven individuals of the “critically endangered” Philippine eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi were rescued since the COVID-19 lockdowns and...

DENR to declare Sarangani forest as a ‘critical habitat’ due to Philippine eagle sightings

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 16 November) --- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is preparing to declare Dakeol Forest in Maitum, Sarangani...

SMI’s Tampakan project granted tribal rights to operate in ancestral lands

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 26 October) --- The controversial $5.9 billion Tampakan project, Southeast Asia’s largest untapped copper and gold minefield, has been granted...

Experts say 300-year-old Toog tree is alive and well

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 29 Sep)­ ­– Expert arborists who thoroughly assessed the health status of the towering 300-year-old heritage Philippine...

Environmentalists nationwide join calls to save 300-year old giant Toog tree

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 09 August) – Environmentalists and tree preservation experts in other parts of the country have joined the...

Environmental certificate for Tampakan project ‘restored’ by Office of the President

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) --- Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), developer of the mammoth S5.9 billion Tampakan copper-gold project in South Cotabato, has...

PEF to screen “Bird of Prey” online to raise funds for Eagle ‘Kadasig’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) -- The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) will screen online the award-winning documentary film “Bird of Prey” on June...

REFLECTIONS: Laudato Si’ Week Celebration and the Urgency to Care for Our Common Home

Last of two parts CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) -- Let me highlight three fresh ecological insights Laudato Si’ which try...

REFLECTIONS: Laudato Si’ Week Celebration and the Urgency to Care for Our Common Home...

1st of two parts CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 23 May) -- The Laudato Si’ Week Celebration (May 16-24) does not only encourage us...

Lolong Magallanes: Green warrior

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 02 May) -- Friends, loved ones, confreres have come to grips with reality upon hearing the demise of...

While everyone’s on home quarantine, backhoe destroys reef in Siargao town

BURGOS, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 29 March) -- While everyone is staying home due to the community quarantine to prevent the spread of the...

Tampakan mining project extended for 12 years; operations may last until 2057

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 21 January) – Set to expire on March 21, 2020, the 25-year Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) awarded to...

Siargao’s Sugba Lagoon closes for a month for rehab

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Islands (MindaNews / 05 January) -- For the fourth year now,  a popular tourist destination in Del Carmen town in Siargao...

Wildlife smugglers bound for Manila nabbed in Surigao

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 27 October) -- Police manning a checkpoint in Tandag City on Sunday intercepted a shipment of wildlife bound for...

140,000 migratory birds seek temporary refuge in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 07 October) -- Environment personnel in Sarangani province have documented nearly 140,000 migratory raptors taking temporary refuge in the...

Japanese firm to build biomass power project in Butuan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 October) – A Japanese firm engaged in the construction of bridges and renewable energy projects has partnered with the...

Bird watchers, environmentalists gather in Glan for 2nd Raptor Watch Festival

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 01 October) -- Bird watching enthusiasts, environmental researchers and other local stakeholders will gather anew on Wednesday, Oct. 2,...

Haze detected in CDO but “nothing conclusive yet”

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 18 September) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau has detected small amounts of the...

Philippines ‘deadliest’ place for environmental defenders

The Philippines has been named as the “deadliest” country for environmental defenders with the highest death toll last year, the UK-based watchdog Global Witness...

4.63M kilo wastes stored in Misamis Oriental to be shipped back to South Korea

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) -- Philippine officials have rejected proposals from the South Korean government to burn or dump the...

Sarangani Bay Festival ends; 2.5 tons of trash collected

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 June) -- Volunteers gathered at least 2,548 kilograms or 2.5 tons of garbage at the beaches of Gumasa...

Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park: home of Philippine Eagle pair for 10 years

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 May) -- The Jurong Bird Park of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) will be the new home of a...

528 marine turtles released to the wild in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – Efforts to conserve and protect the endangered marine turtles in Sarangani Bay received a major boost with the...

WTE project in Davao to cause pollution, environment group warns

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 May) – Building a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility will bring pollution and cause other inconveniences to residents, environment group Interface Development Interventions...

3 new cricket species discovered in Mindanao’s Siargao

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) -- Three new cricket species were discovered in Mindanao's Siargao Island by a team composed of local and international researchers, an expert disclosed on Saturday.

SPECIAL REPORT: Solar-Powered Irrigation System: proposed solution fails to serve farmers in the time...

Touted as a flagship project of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wrote on his Facebook Page on March 30 that since huge dams take years to construct, “the most logical option” that would quickly respond to the threat of El Niño would be the “sustainable small irrigation projects like the Solar-Powered Irrigation System, Ram Pumps where these are applicable and even windmill-powered water pumps.”

Solar-powered irrigation facilities in Sultan Kudarat, NorthCot lie idle

BAGUMBAYAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 06 April) – At least four Solar-Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) facilities of the Department of Agriculture in Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato which would have helped reduce crop damage during the dry spell have remained untapped.

House Committee issues show cause order vs importer of garbage from South Korea

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 17 March) – The chair of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability on Friday issued a show cause order against officials of Verde Soko, importer of 6.5 tons of garbage from South Korea that were dumped in Misamis Oriental.

1,400 tons of household waste shipped back to South Korea

TAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 13 January) -- After months of negotiations between the Philippines and South Korea, 51 container vans containing 1,400 tons...

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"...

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