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Fishers protect, earn from mangroves

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ANY lingering trauma over Supertyphoon Yolanda is overshadowed by the thrill of a scenic boat ride through a mangrove forest that survived one of the most destructive typhoons in the country. A blue-feathered long-beaked migratory bird perched on the branch of a “bakhaw” and some wild ducks greeted visitors at the start of the cruise. […]

Posted: December 11th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

PH needs sincere bets with depth — Monsod

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Civil society groups across the country were urged to lobby for sincere candidates with depth who can promote human development and end corruption. During the annual gathering of the Caucus of Development (CODE-NGO) which covers non-government organizations and civil society groups, guest speaker Christian Monsod also called on the public to vote for such candidates. […]

Posted: November 15th, 2015 in Headlines | Read More »

Stronger penalties eyed to stop illegal fishing

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Stronger penalties and strict enforcement of the amended Fisheries Code are seen as the best solution to the problem on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing. This was the consensus reached among 300 participants of the National Summit on Participatory Governance Towards Sustainable Fishing last Oct. 28 in Manila.   They signed a “Katipunan Declaration on […]

Posted: November 6th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Can Pasil market ban sale of dynamited fish?

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More than 24,000 people have signed a week-old online petition to stop dynamite fishing after a grieving mother in Cebu called on the government to ensure that public  and private markets  sell only “dynamite-free fish.” Lorna Coyoca took the step after her 33-year-old son Al Bernard, a professional diver and father of seven, was killed […]

Posted: October 30th, 2015 in Headlines | Read More »

EMB notes poor water quality in some major rivers in Cebu

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Official also notes high fecal coliform level in Mactan beaches Some major rivers in Cebu have been found to have poor water quality, the Environmental Management Bureau in region 7 reported. Only the Luyang River in Carmen town, a major water source of Metro Cebu, has been found to be in relatively “good condition,” said […]

Posted: October 15th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

‘Crazy 4’ saves creek

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JOHN Tobit Cruz and three of his friends called themselves “the crazy four.” Cruz said they dreamed of saving the earth by starting with the 3-kilometer stretch of Maningning creek in Taytay City, Rizal province in Luzon. Their weapon, which they called “Fantasticks,” was an improvised cleaning gear made out of the grill of a […]

Posted: October 15th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

A wake-up call against blast fishing

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Professional diving instructor Al Bernard Coyoca was found floating in the waters off the coast of Daanbantayan, north Cebu with bloodshot eyes, facial scratches, and broken limbs – just like a dynamited fish. The police blotter said he may have drowned. But an autopsy report later showed he sustained “traumatic injuries to the head and […]

Posted: October 10th, 2015 in Environment,Headlines | Read More »

‘Bakhaw’ deprives seagrass fauna of their habitat

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THE Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) – Bantayan chapter is not against planting of mangroves, but is against planting of bakhaw (Rhizophora species) on seagrass areas. Robert Ybañez, who represented the chamber in a dialogue with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Bantayan last Tuesday, said the government’s mangrove reforestation […]

Posted: October 10th, 2015 in Environment,Headlines | Read More »

DENR told to stop planting mangroves in seagrass beds

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The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry– Bantayan chapter called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to stop planting mangroves in seagrass beds in Bantayan town. In a resolution, the CCCI-Bantayan said the DENR mangrove-planting project in barangay Luyong Baybay, Doong island damaged the marine ecosystem instead of helping increase fish population. Fisheries […]

Posted: September 17th, 2015 in Environment,Headlines | Read More »

Fisheries council forms group to save Danajon Reef system

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THE Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management councils (MFARMC) of Region 7 and 8 elected their representatives to the Regional Development Council to strengthen the management of the Danajon Bank. Elected chairman of the Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (IFARMC) was Samson Elibeto from Pres. Carlos P. Garcia in Bohol while Pancho Damicog […]

Posted: September 17th, 2015 in Environment,Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »