Water problem exists, drought or not

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 10/29/2015

Former Cebu governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña has declined Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s offer for him to serve as the city’s “El Niño crisis manager.” But drought or not next year,  Cebu City and its environs are…

EMB: Air quality still erratic, wear masks

Inquirer, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag, Victor Anthony V. Silva 10/29/2015

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…

EMB notes poor water quality in some major rivers in Cebu

Jose Santino S. Bunachita, Marian Z. Codilla 10/15/2015

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…

‘Crazy 4’ saves creek

Marian Z. Codilla 10/15/2015

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.…

A wake-up call against blast fishing

Marian Z. Codilla 10/10/2015

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…

‘Bakhaw’ deprives seagrass fauna of their habitat

Marian Z. Codilla 10/10/2015

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…

Will ‘bakhaw’ project spoil Bantayan seagrass beds?

Eileen G. Mangubat 10/02/2015

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,…

Higher fuel production eyed at plastic recycling facility

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 09/24/2015

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…

Damage in Tañon Strait fishing grounds

Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 09/23/2015

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…

‘Allow rainwater to seep into ground’

Vanessa Claire Lucero 09/17/2015

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…

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