Chan: Lapu-Lapu’s underwater cross won’t harm corals

Futch Anthony Inso 10/20/2020

  LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — No corals will be destroyed in the construction of the 100-meter underwater cross in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City. This is the assurance of Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan on the city’s…

Corals in Alcoy destroyed by heavy siltation from fallen crushed dolomites — Penro

Rosalie O. Abatayo 09/20/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) found that corals within the 500 meters of seawater in Alcoy town southern Cebu were destroyed because of heavy siltation caused by crushed dolomites that fell…

Palau plans sunscreen ban to save corals

AFP 11/01/2018

THE tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals. Palau, which lies in the western Pacific about…

Saving corals one step at a time

Jessa Mae O. Sotto 06/14/2018

She was 7 years old when Aubrey Gail Mariano first found an interest in swimming. “Everytime, I hold my breath and just go into the abyss, I feel freedom. I always feel belongingness when I’m underwater,” said…

Study: 13 Cebu towns rich in live hard corals

Nestle L. Semilla 05/09/2018

Thirteen towns in Cebu province are among the 32 areas in Central Visayas to have been found by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) to have abundant live hard corals. Lorenz Gideon…

Where are we going?

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 10/09/2016

The thought of losing one’s parents who are aging or suffering from the ravages of ailment makes one ensure that moments with them are very special. Through little ways from our heart, we want them to feel…

Ship owner assures $1.5-M rehab funds for Monad Shoal

Carmel Loise Matus 07/01/2016

The vessel which ran aground in Monad Shoal last month has been allowed to set sail to Subic Bay, Zambales for repairs after the Cebu provincial government received without objection the ship owner’s letter of guarantee ensuring…

Experts determining worth of damage on Monad Shoal

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 06/28/2016

After completing the actual measurements of the damaged portion in Monad Shoal, experts from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7 and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 are now conducting a…

Experts to assess extent of damage of Monad Shoal

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 06/22/2016

WITH the removal of the Panama-registered MV Belle Rose from where it ran aground in Monad Shoal off Malaspascua Island in northern Cebu, a team of divers will now focus on measuring the exact damaged area to…

Capitol environment chief dismisses threat

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 06/21/2016

Barely a month since his appointment as interim head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. said he is now receiving death threats from angry haulers. But Tribunalo who assumed office last…

Capitol: Vessel won’t leave until damages are paid for

Jose Santino S. Bunachita, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 06/20/2016

Local officials don’t want the Panamanian-registered cargo vessel MV Belle Rose to leave the country after it was refloated yesterday. The refloating came eight days after the vessel ran aground in the waters off a famous dive…

Long-term damage

Editorial 06/20/2016

Being a country composed of more than 7,000 islands occupied by residents that raise children who can swim and earn money diving for fish and pearls, the Philippines surprisingly registers more maritime tragedies than airline accidents. The…

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