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EMB: Air quality still erratic, wear masks

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THE air quality in Metro Cebu improved yesterday, but the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is not yet lifting its advisory to wear protective masks. William Cuñado, EMB-7 regional director for Central Visayas, said their monitoring showed that the amount of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 in the air still varies, sometimes exceeding the tolerable limit. PM2.5 […]

Posted: October 29th, 2015 in Environment | 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 »

Will ‘bakhaw’ project spoil Bantayan seagrass beds?

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A dialog is set on Tuesday in Bantayan island, north Cebu to thresh out complaints about the “inappropriate planting” of  bakhaw mangroves in seagrass areas. While mangroves are known as the “rainforest of the sea,”  some residents, including the Bantayan chamber of commerce and industry, are alarmed that the ongoing project of the Department of […]

Posted: October 2nd, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Higher fuel production eyed at plastic recycling facility

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The Japanese recycling company running the pilot waste-to-energy plant inside Cebu City’s Inayawan landfill wants to scale up operations and increase fuel production. But Takeshi Konishi, representative of Mansei Recycle Systems Co., Ltd., said the Cebu City government will have to first strictly implement waste segregation at source to facilitate the delivery of plastic waste […]

Posted: September 24th, 2015 in Environment,Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Damage in Tañon Strait fishing grounds

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Several coastal habitats are  in poor shape in the Tañon Strait  while fisheries are heavily exploited due to the encroachment of  commerical fishing boats in municipal waters. These were among the findings of a five-day expedition by Oceana Philippines  from September 15 to 22. Oceana senior scientist Jimely Flores in a press conference said that […]

Posted: September 23rd, 2015 in Environment,Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

‘Allow rainwater to seep into ground’

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Property developments should include plans and methods that allow rainwater to seep into the ground instead of flowing into sewers, rivers and seas. Urban planner and environmental advocate Ma. Lourdes “Joy” Onozawa said rainwater should fall to the ground to replenish the underground water supply and prevent existing water from mixing with salt water. This […]

Posted: September 17th, 2015 in Environment,Featured Stories,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 »