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…

Saving the Philippine Sea

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 08/01/2019

The Filipino ocean has been described as an epicenter of marine biodiversity, with the richest concentration of marine life on the entire planet. However, it is beset with human-made pressures such as overfishing and destruction of marine…

Protecting our Ocean

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/25/2019

The Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Stations Survey, conducted from June 22-26, 2019, found 51 percent of adult Filipinos with little trust in China, for a net trust rating of -24, classified by SWS as poor.  In…

Wanted: More fearless defenders of our natural world

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/18/2019

There is a clamor for Nature to be accorded legal rights. “Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights.  It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains –…

Protection and passion

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/11/2019

  Communing with Nature is an experience like no other. Positive feelings of serenity, grace, magic, rejuvenation and spiritual upliftment – envelop one’s being all at once.  Being mindful of the colors, the patterns, the shapes of…

It’s nothing personal

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/04/2019

The cherished values for participatory governance and citizen engagement are now embedded in the highest law of the land, our Constitution. They are anchored on the fundamental principle for respect for the right of the people to…

This thing called accountability

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/27/2019

It is relevant and compelling at this time, perhaps more than any challenging era in our history,  that public officials entering their new post and those in their office to be conscious at all times of their…

Poaching in our waters

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/20/2019

  ‘Indignation’ is a mild word to describe the feeling about Malacanang’s position in the sinking of the Filipino fishing boat at the Recto Bank by a Chinese fishing vessel, as acknowledged by no less by the…

Perilous plastic

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/13/2019

“To be honest, as a dad, it’s tough trying to explain this to my kids. How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?”  This dad is…

Not mere embellishments

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/06/2019

One of the greatest tragedies of all time is humanity’s haughty  belief that it can survive without Nature, at the extreme, or that we can cope with climate risks – at our own pace. We have become…

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