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Tubbataha’s Angelique Songco receives biodiversity award

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Songco receives the KfW Bernhard Grzimek Prize for her exemplary work in protecting the reef’s extraordinary biodiversity while also meeting the needs of the local population and tourists

MAMA RANGER. Angelique Songco of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Tubbataha Reef

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says diver Bryan Nazareno has been missing since June 3

LOOK: Japan Coast Guard vessel joins maritime drill in Davao

Jun 02, 2017 - 7:09 PM

The exercise in the waters off Talicud Island Davao del Norte on Saturday June 3 aims to enhance the capacity of both PH and Japan coast guard personnel

Eroding Bird Islet threatens seabirds at Tubbataha

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:37 AM

The Tubbataha Management Office says the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is home to no less than 100 species of birds It serves as the main rookery and breeding ground of these birds

CA acquits 12 Chinese fishermen of poaching at Tubbataha Reef

Dec 19, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The fishermen are now in a temporary shelter pending their deportation to China

CONVICTS NO MORE. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing at Tubbataha Reef on April 2013. File photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

Chinese Coast Guard rescues 2 PH fishermen near Scarborough

Dec 02, 2016 - 5:57 PM

If Chinese fishermen needed our assistance we will rescue them That s the job of the coast guard regardless of nationality and race says the Philippine Coast Guard after thanking its Chinese counterpart

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

PH Coast Guard to deploy new ship from Japan to Scarborough

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Transportation Secretary Arthur says the deployment is meant for roving inspection and testing the waters

New rescue ship arrives in PH from Japan

Aug 18, 2016 - 4:28 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says 9 more MRRVs are being built for its fleet to be delivered from December 2016 to August 2018

NEW SHIP. The Philippine Coast Guard’s first ever multi-role response vessel, the BRP Tubbataha, arrives at the port in Manila on August 18, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LOOK: PH Coast Guard gets new rescue ship from Japan

Jul 28, 2016 - 4:13 PM

‘BRP Tubbataha ’ which will reach the Port of Manila on August 18 is the first of 10 vessels that Japan is building for PH s search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations

BRP Tubbataha. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

'Eternal gratitude': Aquino meets Prince of Monaco

Apr 07, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The visit of Prince Albert II as the Philippines and Monaco celebrate the 10th anniversary of their diplomatic ties

PRINCE OF MONACO. President Benigno Aquino III and His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, watch a cultural presentation during the welcome ceremony at the Malacañang Palace Grounds for Prince Albert's official visit to the Republic of the Philippines on April 7, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit PH next week

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:01 PM

The Philippine itinerary of the visiting monarch a known advocate of stronger marine environmental protection includes a trip to Palawan and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park

PH VISIT. Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit the Philippines in early April. File photo by Etienne Laurent/Pool/EPA

How did SC justices decide key cases in 2014-2016?

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:29 PM

We look back at landmark decisions by this batch of SC justices – between the latest appointment of Jardeleza in August 2014 and Villarama’s early retirement in January 2016

Tubbataha named PH’s 7th ASEAN Heritage Park

Nov 05, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The Philippines has the most ASEAN heritage parks

MARINE LIFE. The Tubbataha experience shows how marine life is sustained. Photo courtesy of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity

Treasures of the Sulu Sea threatened

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:58 PM

If we care for our natural resources well growth will be within reach But if we squander such richness what else will be left with us?

Fish biomass in Cagayancillo’s waters stands at 137 metric tonnes per square kilometer – an increase of 43% from when fish biomass was calculated at 96 tonnes per square kilometer six years ago. Photo by: Sophia Dedace/WWF-Philippines

Expedition Shark: Why we need to protect these predators

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:01 AM

A team of scientists from the Philippines Europe and America conduct a 10 day expedition in the Tubbataha Reef

Boats carrying endangered shells intercepted in Cebu

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The highly valued Trochus niloticus shells may have come from the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park say government conservation officials

THREATENED. Samong or Trochus niloticus is heavily poached because of its use as raw material for the manufacturing of mother-of-pearl buttons. Photo by Roberto Verzo from Wikimedia Commons

MILF returns weapons, Binay allies, Tubbataha damage | The wRap

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:03 PM

MILF returns 16 firearms seized from the SAF Senators say the Vice President’s allies may be liable for money laundering The United States pays the Philippines for Tubbataha reef damages

US pays Philippines P87M for Tubbataha damage

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED The Philippines received this full amount on January 20 the Department of Foreign Affairs says

Aquino ratings, military on Abu Sayyaf, ISIS beheading | The wRap

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The Aquino administration’s ratings recover after a record low The Philippine military puts pressure on the Abu Sayyaf after a deadly encounter ISIS beheads a US aid worker and 18 Syrians

Tubbataha, Mt Hamiguitan 'most treasured' parks in ASEAN

Nov 17, 2014 - 11:17 AM

The declaration by ASEAN environmental ministers brings the number of ASEAN Heritage Parks in the Philippines to 7 out of the total 35

Miriam Santiago, Bello push for VFA termination

Oct 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

But most lawmakers as well as the President are more inclined to review the PH US agreement than end it

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP: US Navy's USS Peleliu. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

US to pay PH P87M for damage to World Heritage Site

Oct 24, 2014 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED The amount represents the P58M that the Philippines asked the US and the P28M fuel and repair costs incurred by the Coast Guard It is lower than environmentalists estimates of P737 8M to P1 2B

US should volunteer to pay for Tubbataha damage – Miriam

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago also argues that while it is not a signatory to the UNCLOS the US is bound by international law to pay for the damage on the UNESCO World Heritage Site

BEFORE AND AFTER. The USS Guardian turned 90 degrees in 4 days dragged by the strong currents and winds of the Sulu Sea. Graphic by Bardo Wu from photos courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Rappler Newscast | September 16, 2014

Sep 16, 2014 - 8:38 PM

State of calamity in cities towns around Mayon SC: Aquino can seek compensation for Tubbataha damages US bobms ISIS for the first time

SC: Up to Aquino to broker Tubbataha compensation with US

Sep 16, 2014 - 7:58 PM

The High Court does not imply however that the President should bring the matter to the United Nations for arbitration

Follow the law, China tells fishermen amid PH ruling

Aug 07, 2014 - 5:00 PM

China also vows to assist the 12 Chinese fishermen whose ship ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef found outside the disputed South China Sea

File photo of the 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef, April 2013. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

12 Chinese jailed for illegal fishing in Palawan

Aug 05, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The 12 were arrested at the Tubbataha Reef in April last year after their 48 meter 157 foot boat hit and badly damaged it

File photo of the 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef, April 2013. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

A floating classroom for environmental educators

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The M Y Navorca the Philippine research vessel of the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF was transformed into a floating classroom for a day to help teachers integrate environmental conservation in their curriculum

ARRAS: A new way of looking at coral reefs

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Kites and cameras speed up marine research at Tubbataha Reef

PH asks US to compensate for Tubbataha damage

Jun 17, 2014 - 6:06 PM

More than a year after a US navy vessel damaged coral reefs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan the US has finally received a request for compensation from the Philippine government

RUBBLE. Coral reefs in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park are pulverized after the USS Guardian crashed into them in January 2013. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

A clarion call for Palawan on World Environment Day

Jun 05, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Palawan s plight is a microcosm of the current crisis of the Philippine environment Join various people s initiatives to protect the country s last frontier

SAVE PALAWAN. Coral Reefs in Ulugan Bay. Photo by  PJ Santos/Kalikasan ST

Obama's visit and the 'toxic' legacy of US bases

Apr 24, 2014 - 5:40 PM

The case of Tubbataha is as much a problem of any Filipino citizen as it is for the thousands of grassroots folks who were directly affected by the damage caused by US Navy ship to Tubbataha

'No excuse not to pursue fine for Tubbataha damage'

Jan 16, 2014 - 5:03 PM

A pending Supreme Court case is no excuse for the PH government not to demand compensation from the US for the Tubbataha grounding

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Rappler Newscast | January 3, 2014

Jan 03, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Lacson says victims of Yolanda to be buried by Sunday Malacanang and critics divided over scrapping SARO US yet to pay fine for Tubbataha Reef incident

A year later, US yet to pay P58-M Tubbataha fine

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The US embassy in Manila has reportedly not commented either on a related case despite a letter from the Supreme Court

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

2013 in green: Top 10 PH environmental news

Dec 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From devastated coral reefs to renewable energy 2013 was a rollercoaster ride for Mother Nature to say the least

PH wins seat in UN World Heritage Committee

Nov 21, 2013 - 1:38 PM

The Philippines seat in the World Heritage Committee is a recognition of the country s heritage conservation efforts says conservationist

HISTORIC CITY. Calle Crisologo is the most-visited street in UNESCO World Heritage Site Vigan City. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

5 recommended dive spots in PH

Oct 03, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Planning a diving trip? Check out our recommendations

SIGHT TO BEHOLD. A whale shark at Oslob. All photos by JB Lim

Palawan may lose UNESCO citation over planned coal plant

Oct 01, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Residents and green groups oppose the planned DMCI coal power plant in the town of Aborlan Residents of Narra also rejected the proposed plant

'NO TO COAL.' Residents and students in Aborlan, Palawan protest the proposed coal plant to be built by DMCI Power Corporation. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Chinese jailed for Tubbataha damage allowed bail

Aug 20, 2013 - 11:49 AM

A local court doubles their bail to P240 000 each

MAY POST BAIL. The 12 Chinese nationals have to pay P240,000 each to post bail. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

That morning in Tubbataha

Aug 17, 2013 - 9:38 AM

Tubbataha Reef celebrated its 25th anniversary as a Marine Protected Area last August 11

FLOURISHING. Despite destruction from ships that ran aground it and illegal fishing, Tubbataha Reef is doing well. Photos by JML Tan

Appreciating Apo Reef’s understated beauty

Aug 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

This low key destination deserves to be on the bucket list of any diving snorkeling or even beach bumming enthusiast

GIGANTIC, ABUNDANT. The world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system in the world, Apo Reef Natural Park’s seas and islands teem with marine life. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

What getting stuck can teach you about moving forward

Jul 08, 2013 - 11:09 AM

It’s oftentimes easy to get stuck after years of working in the same set up And it’s also easy to ignore this in most cases primarily because you feel safe

SC told: US access to bases bad for the environment

Jul 02, 2013 - 5:45 PM

Activists ask the high court to temporarily stop US military exercises and port calls until environmental guidelines duties and liability schemes are in place

URGENT: Militant groups ask the High Court to stop U.S. military exercises and port calls of U.S. warships. Screenshot of SC petition

Tubbataha report: US mum on paying PH

Jun 21, 2013 - 8:09 PM

The US Navy releases its final report on the Tubbataha Reef incident and blames lack of leadership There s no mention of paying the Philippines

GROUNDED SHIP. In January, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Chinese deported soon? Tubbataha exec anxious

Jun 13, 2013 - 6:53 PM

The Bureau of Immigration has issued a warrant of deportation against the 12 Chinese fishermen caught in Tubbataha in April

ARRESTED. These Chinese fishermen are facing criminal and administrative charges. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Rappler Newscast | June 10, 2013

Jun 10, 2013 - 9:00 PM

US contractor says he leaked intel data PH Navy chases vietnamese vessel from Tubbataha Koreas hold talks first in years

Navy chases boat from Tubbataha

Jun 10, 2013 - 5:01 PM

The navy deploys a gunboat and surveillance plane to Tubbataha after a suspected Vietnamese vessel was seen there

DIVING PARADISE. Tubbataha is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and considered a paradise for scuba diving. From from the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park official website

Hope for Tubbataha, cradle of life

Jun 08, 2013 - 12:29 PM

On World Oceans Day we have renewed hope for Tubbataha Reef s full recovery after intrusions by the USS Guardian and a Chinese poaching vessel

A NEW WORLD. The Tubbataha Reef is home to countless fish and corals. All photos by Gregg Yan