A climate emergency

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 11/07/2019

Are you among those who instinctly  pray for who ever is in the  ambulance speeding off before your eyes and hope that he or she will survive?  Actually, we are no different from those who are on…

Being mindful of  ‘discards’

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 10/31/2019

Is it possible to surprise ourselves with a plastics-free observance of All Saint’s Day tomorrow and All Soul’s Day (Undas) on Saturday? It is heart-breaking to see cemeteries transformed into a “wasteland.” Still vivid in my mind…

A future in harmony with nature

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 10/24/2019

Congratulations to newly-appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Diosdado Peralta. Not many are aware that Chief Justice Peralta and his predecessor, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, were members  of the Supreme Court’s Committee on…

Disasters and resiliency

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 10/17/2019

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit Mindanao last night should once more jolt us to the reality that our country is one of the most natural hazard-prone in the world. Our people have stood witnesses to the…

Sheer madness

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 10/10/2019

In this era of extreme weather aberration, when heat wave, drought, wildfire, typhoon and storm surges are becoming frequent and intense, our trees, the principal source of humans and non-human’s  water, fresh air to breathe, and absorber…

Environmental protection and accountability

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 10/03/2019

October is celebrated as the Local Government Month, with this year marking the 28th anniversary of the signing of RA 7160, the “revolutionary” Local Government Code of 1991. The Code is meant to make real the principle…

‘Fairy tales of eternal economic growth’

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 09/26/2019

One of the most compelling speeches of all time, was that made by Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old activist from Sweden, on September 23, before world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.…

September, then and now

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 09/19/2019

September brings in a flurry of activities to remind us of the distant past which  brought us into the present and all the hurdles that come in the package, and which should compel us to do what…

Frolic in the floods

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 09/05/2019

My sister shared video clips of young and adults alike frolicking in flooded areas in Cebu City last Sunday, the 1st day of September. There was fun in the air. No one seemed concerned about drowning, contracting…

Towards a food-secure nation

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 08/29/2019

I have a friend working in a coastal community whose heart bleeds every time he sees the dire poverty of the residents. They are so poor they would not know where the next food will be coming…

A tribute to a fierce defender of Mother Earth

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 08/22/2019

We were stunned by a sad news last Monday. Former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, the fierce eco-warrior who has the purest of love for Mother Nature and compassion for the most vulnerable of our people, passed on.…

A change of guard in the Agriculture Department

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 08/15/2019

It is not everyday that one, not in the public sector,  witnesses the changing of guards in one of the most important cabinet portfolio – the Department of Agriculture.  This columnist is honored to be invited during…

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