Group tells gov’t: Rehabilitate, not reclaim Manila Bay

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/04/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Criticisms directed towards the government’s initiative to transform Manila Bay into an artificially made white-sand beach continue to mount. Environmental group Oceana Philippines, in an official statement, expressed alarm on the project. They…

Oceana warns against ‘ecologically destructive’ Toledo reclamation project

Rosalie O. Abatayo 08/26/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — International environment group Oceana has branded the looming reclamation project in Toledo City as ill-advised and ecologically destructive. The reclamation would cover 11-hectares off the coasts in the city’s Barangay Poblacion that directly…

Oceana PH to link with LMP to promote protection of marine resources

Irene R. Sino Cruz 09/25/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines– Oceana Philippines will be working with the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) to strengthen sustainability of marine resources. Marlito Guidote, Oceana Philippines external and government relations officer, cited the need for continuous…

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…

Environmental groups admire vigilance of netizens in sky lanterns issue  

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 01/08/2019

It was the vigilance of netizens in calling out a potential environmental hazard that led to the cancelled plan of a French restaurant to release hundreds of wish-bearing sky lanterns in Cebu City. …

Pagal: An ocean hero

Morexette Marie B. Erram 11/30/2018

Things are much different now for the fisherfolk of San Remigio, a third-class municipality located in the northwestern part of Cebu. Incidents of illegal fishing have dwindled and the town enjoys bountiful harvests from the seas. “Maka-ingon…

Can we still feast on fish?

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 10/21/2018

The title of my article today is culled from the theme of the public forum convened by Oceana Philippines (of which I am Vice President) and the Social Weather Stations (SWS) last week titled, “Feasting or Fasting…

Restoring vibrant oceans

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 11/27/2016

Each 21st day of November is observed globally as World Fisheries Day. There were many activities to highlight the significance of fisheries as important source of animal protein in our diet, and livelihoods of fishers and coastal…

Living and loving the law

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/10/2016

His gentle demeanor and frail-looking appearance belie the steely inner strength and fierce determination to implement our largely lying “in the doldrums” fisheries and other environment laws. As Bantay Dagat (sea guardian), he holds sacred his pledge…

Sea dispute and road safety

Stephen D. Capillas 06/30/2016

Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio’s very detailed, yet condensed presentation of the West Philippine/South China Sea dispute in last Thursday’s National Press Forum sponsored by the Philippine Press Institute in Manila may be quite taxing, even boring…

Green group to ask Duterte to impose reclamation moratorium

Izobelle T. Pulgo 06/07/2016

AN environment group said they will ask President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to impose a moratorium on reclamation projects due to their destructive effects on coastal communities. Oceana-Philippines Vice President Gloria Estenzo-Ramos said they will also file a case…

Captivating ecological beauty needing protection

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 05/29/2016

Mindfully Greenie What began as a courtesy call to introduce Oceana Philippines, then a newly established international nongovernment organization focused on marine conservation in the country, to our foremost fisheries scientists at the University of the Philippines…

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