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What drives Gina Lopez?

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez vows to make things happen now that she s in government What keeps her going?

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, a longtime environment advocate, talks to Rappler about what it's like to be on the other side of the fence. Screenshot from Rappler

Lopez to DENR officials: 'Be proactive, inspire people'

Jul 02, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The best way to protect the environment is to improve people s lives says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

MARCHING ORDERS. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez gives her marching orders to officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Romblon governor, residents oppose mining application

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:56 PM

A complaint filed on Monday June 27 includes 81 630 signatures and resolutions from the municipal and barangay levels as well as non governmental organizations

'NO TO MINING.' Groups lodge a complaint against the mining application of Asian Palladium Mineral Resources, Inc. Photo c/o Romblon's Provincial Information and Communications Office

SC to Zambales mining firms: Prove you're not harming environment

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court finds merit in the petition filed by the residents of Zambales who say mining operations have caused much destruction in their mountains watershed forests farmlands water systems and livelihood

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Writ of Kalikasan filed vs mining firms, Zambales, DENR officials

May 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

CCOS chairman Dr Ben Molino and his co petitioners say the continued mining operations in Sta Cruz Zambales violate RA 7942 otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995 and its implementing rules and regulations

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Signing of global climate pact a victory for PH – environment chief

Apr 21, 2016 - 11:51 AM

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje will sign the Paris Agreement at the UN headquarters on behalf of the Philippines

In this file photo, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje delivers a statement at the COP21 UN climate change summit in Le Bourget, France, December 2015. Rappler file photo

Part 1: The Philippines at its best at Paris climate talks

Dec 31, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Servant leadership dedication discipline and adaptive management characterized Secretary de Guzman’s work in Paris The result was a cohesive and united Team Philippines

CRUNCHTIME. Commissioner Manny de Guzman and Philippine delegation spokesman Tony La Viña address Philippine negotiators monents after the release of a new draft of the Paris climate agreement. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Aquino admin reforestation program expanded until 2028

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:19 AM

The National Greening Program has been extended for another 12 years with the goal of reforesting the remaining 7 1 million hectares of denuded forestlands in the country

GREENING. With the help of people's organizations and other partners, the government hopes to increase the country's forest cover

Camiguin treasure now an ASEAN Heritage Park

Nov 08, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The Mt Timpoong Hibok Hibok Natural Monument becomes the 8th ASEAN Heritage Park in the Philippines the DENR says

ASEAN HERITAGE PARK. Environment ministers from ASEAN name Camiguin's treasures, including Mt Hibok-Hibok, as an ASEAN Heritage Park. Photo of Mt Hibok-Hibok from Wikipedia

DENR declares uplifted coastal areas in Bohol as 'geological monument'

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The magnitude 7 2 earthquake that struck Visayas in 2013 caused the coastal areas to be lifted by up to 1 2 meters according to surveys conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

State of PH environment: Good conservation efforts, bad air quality

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The capital s air quality is dirtier while endangered species are bouncing back and reforestation rates go up

ENDANGERED KING. The Philippines struggles to protect the glorious Philippine Eagle dubbed 'Haribon' or King of Philippine Birds

Illegal Canadian garbage not toxic after all – DENR

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:46 PM

An environment group suspects government agencies are backing down on the issue because of President Aquino s planned state visit to Canada later this year

SAFE OR NOT SAFE? The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks, say green groups. Photo from Change.org

Aquino's New Year request: Don't use fireworks

Dec 30, 2014 - 12:31 PM

The last New Year s Eve celebrations in Metro Manila led to air pollution levels 10 times above safe levels

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

DENR to require sidewalks, bike lanes in all PH roads

Nov 28, 2014 - 1:40 PM

It is the first time for the DENR to incorporate the sidewalk and bike lane requirement in the Environmental Impact Assessment for roads

Does your Metro Manila city have clean air?

Nov 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM

By December each city and town in the metropolis will have a real time air quality monitoring station potentially allowing citizens to hold their local governments responsible for unhealthy air

PH sets up trust fund for protected areas

Oct 12, 2014 - 11:39 AM

Protected Area Management Boards will be allowed to use 75 of revenues to fund development activities

Gov’t aims to reverse deforestation trend in 2014

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:18 PM

In 2014 the size of forested land may be able to match the size of denuded land reversing a more than two decade old trend

DISAPPEARING FORESTS. In the Philippines, forests are often cleared to make way for agricultural land

Green groups to DPWH: Good road design includes trees

Jul 03, 2014 - 5:28 PM

The effects of a 2012 memo issued by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr giving the DPWH blanket approval to cut trees in 8 regions are being felt

Rethinking the National Greening Program

Jun 22, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Is the government s reforestation program genuine reforestation or a perpetuation of the mindset that trees are commodities for humans to exploit?

Confirmation limbo: Long but futile process?

Jun 21, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Is the Commission on Appointments still relevant with year long delays in a confirmation process that has become whimsical and political?

Bulacan forest fires part of a reforestation scam?

Jun 18, 2014 - 1:29 PM

Locals say informal settlers and government officials deliberately burn reforestation sites so new funds will be released a charge that the DENR denies

FOREST FIRE. In Apri, a forest fire razed parts of the Ipo watershed, a site for the government's National Greening Program. Photo by Mel Prince

Rappler Newscast | June 11, 2014

Jun 11, 2014 - 9:46 PM

De Lima Paje Soliman confirmed after 4 years Estrada says he is not a thief China seeks International sympathy over South China Sea

De Lima, Paje, Soliman confirmed after 4 years

Jun 11, 2014 - 3:57 PM

COA Commissioners Heidi Mendoza Jose Fabia are also confirmed The only cabinet secretary left to be confirmed is Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla

FINALLY. The Commission on Appointments confirms the nomination of COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and COA Commissioner Jose Fabia. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Panel recommends DENR chief Paje's confirmation

Jun 10, 2014 - 8:24 PM

On the 7th hearing on his appointment the DENR secretary is questioned for allowing the operations of a DMCI Mining s port and problems in the implementation of a reforestation program

LONG WAIT. The Commission on Appointments panel recommends DENR Secretary Ramon Paje for confirmation on June 10, 2014. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Osmeña: Petilla CA delay is message to Palace

Jun 05, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Senator Serge Osmeña says if the Palace wants Petilla confirmed it will have to work on developing a long term plan for the country s energy sector

'FIX POWER.' Senator Serge Osmeña says delaying the confirmation of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla is his way of telling Malacañang to fix the power problem. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

DENR chief grilled on reforestation program

Jun 03, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Senators say the accomplishment report presented by Secretary Ramon Paje could be self serving A third party should assess the Aquino administration s biggest environmental program

QUESTIONED. DENR Secretary Ramon Paje responds to questions from senators about his department's implementation of the government's reforestation program. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

206 PH caves classified, to be protected by gov't

May 01, 2014 - 11:43 AM

The country now has a total of 364 classified caves which the government is required to manage and protect

Summer may bring more forest fires in PH

Apr 05, 2014 - 4:18 PM

The heat of summer increases the likelihood of forest fires in different parts of the country

DESTROYED. Forest fires can cause devastating damage to ecosystems. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Is the gov't reforestation program planting the right trees?

Feb 21, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Civil society organizations point to corruption and the wrong mindset as threats to the success of the National Greening Program

RESTORING FORESTS. The National Greening Program aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 hectares from 2011 to 2016. Photo from the National Greening Program website

5 ways to improve how we protect our parks

Jan 17, 2014 - 1:19 PM

Sustainable ecotourism projects and involving indigenous peoples can help conserve the most beautiful places in the country

PARADISES ON EARTH. The world-famous Tubbataha Reefs is one of 240 protected areas in the Philippines. Photo by Gregg Yan

The solution to PH air pollution

Jan 04, 2014 - 3:41 PM

We must do two things: shift to cleaner car fuel and solve our horrendous traffic problem

DENR to sanction LGUs for New Year air pollution by 2015

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:59 PM

They can be be penalized under the Clean Air Act By mid 2014 there will be an air quality monitoring station in each city in Metro Manila

NEW YEAR SMOG. Smog carrying toxic particles and metallic compounds submerge Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City the morning after New Year's Eve. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

2014 New Year air pollution in Metro Manila is triple last year's

Jan 02, 2014 - 4:59 PM

The amount of harmful particles in Metro Manila air during the first hours of 2014 was 10 times more than than safe levels

TOXIC REVELRY. During the first few hours of the new year, air pollution in Metro Manila skyrockets

Ilocos Norte forest declared critical habitat

Dec 29, 2013 - 12:13 PM

The last frontier of dipterocarp forest now enjoys protection from the national government

NEEDS PROTECTION. Dipterocarp trees are felled for their durable wood used to make furniture and construction materials

Mamanwa tribe perform ritual to lift mine suspension order

Dec 05, 2013 - 3:37 PM

They say the stopped operations has led to loss of livelihood and money for education and health programs

RITUAL. A Mamanwa native priest performs a ritual called 'padugo' which includes the slaughtering of a native pig, incantations and drinking pig's blood with a local wine in order to cast away 'evil' spirits 'clouding the judgement' of DENR officials. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

P347M earmarked for coastal reforestation in Eastern Visayas

Nov 27, 2013 - 2:32 PM

19 million seedlings and propagules of mangrove trees and beach forest species will be planted over 1 900 hectares of coastline

EXPOSED. Island and coastal communities devastated by Yolanda, like Bantayan Island in Cebu, may benefit from mangrove forests. Photo by Bibi delos Reyes

DENR to restore mangrove forests in Yolanda-hit areas

Nov 20, 2013 - 5:43 PM

Mangrove forests can make coastal communities less vulnerable to storms and storm surges

GREEN WALLS. Mangrove forests can serve as a buffer against typhoons, storm surge and sea level rise

Time to make the PH stadium typhoon-proof

Nov 16, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Yolanda shows that now more than ever the country needs to invest in storm proof climate resilient architecture

BUILT TO LAST. The Tacloban City Convention Center withstood the force of Typhoon Yolanda and serves as an evacuation center for victims. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Cebuanos oppose DPWH plan to cut century-old trees

Oct 13, 2013 - 8:58 PM

At least 1 200 Cebu netizens join an online petition to save century old trees

PH signs UN treaty against mercury

Oct 11, 2013 - 7:24 PM

DENR Secretary Paje signs the historic Minamata Convention on Mercury to prevent the chemical s impact on the environment health and public well being

THE FIGHT AGAINST MERCURY. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje signs the Minamata Convention on Mercury in behalf of the Philippine government. Photo courtesy of DENR-PAO

55 die daily in PH from lack of proper sewerage

Oct 11, 2013 - 8:00 AM

More than 20 million Filipinos still have no access to proper sanitation and sewage facilities A DENR program aims to address this by 2020

PLAYGROUND. For some kids in Paco, Manila, the flithy creek under Zamora Bridge is their playground. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

New law empowers local communities for ecotourism

Oct 04, 2013 - 2:11 PM

A new law makes income from protected areas more accessible to local communities managing them

POWER TO THE LOCALS. The Ifugao tribe is part of the local community designated as stewards of protected areas in the Cordilleras like Mount Pulag

Mt Makiling named ASEAN Heritage Park

Oct 04, 2013 - 12:11 PM

The legendary mountain is the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park and the 5th in the Philippines

MOUNTAIN OF LEGEND. Mount Makiling, now an ASEAN Heritage Park, is associated with the legend of Maria Makiling, a beautiful fairy who guards the mountain. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

MGB opposes proposed single tax scheme for mining

Sep 03, 2013 - 12:24 AM

MGB Director Leo Jasareno says the tax scheme being eyed will result in lower government share in mining revenues

The trashing of Mount Apo

Aug 30, 2013 - 12:28 PM

In light of an alarming garbage problem the DENR hopes to implement an ecotourism program

HEAPING UP. Garbage mars the beauty of Mt Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines and a favorite hiking destination. All photos by Jessie Delos Reyes

'Maring' destroys 94 hectares of trees

Aug 21, 2013 - 8:06 PM

It set back the country s biggest reforestation program which aims among other things to lessen the effects and risks of flooding

GREENING THE LAND. Narra, lanzones and duhat seedlings were some of the plants planted in Solsona, Ilocos Norte in 2012. Screenshot from National Greening Program website

500,000 liters of oil stain Manila Bay

Aug 09, 2013 - 2:11 PM

2nd UPDATE An oil tanker commissioned by Petron and one of its pipelines are among those seen by the Philippine Coast Guard as the source of the spill Meanwhile the town of Rosario Cavite is put under a state of emergency

STAINED RED. Oil sludge has been found on corals and fish. Photo from EPA

Before or after profit? PH mulls how to hike mining share

Jun 21, 2013 - 5:52 PM

There s no doubt that the Aquino government wants to increase the revenues it receives from mining activities ; the question is how

MINE. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje (left) says the mining council is finalizing how to collect the higher share of the government from mining activities. File photo from AFP

P420-M worth of ivory tusks crushed in symbolic act

Jun 21, 2013 - 1:32 PM

The Philippines becomes the first Asian country to destroy its multi million dollar stockpile of ivory tusks

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

Lolong's necropsy results delayed

Feb 19, 2013 - 3:25 PM

The report will be made public after the tissue samples collected from Lolong are fully analyzed by experts at UP Los Baños

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO