Inside Marikina’s Green Initiatives

College instructor Anthony Rapista had studied and worked in Marikina City for eight years. Now that he lives in Rodriguez, Rizal, he couldn’t help but compare the two places, especially when it comes to environmental policies.   “Isa sa mga progresibong lungsod sa National Capital Region [ang Marikina]. Malinis ang kapaligiran, maayos ang paligid at…

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Warming seas affect Tanza fishers, sellers

Tanza, a little town in Cavite, now faces a drastic depletion of fish stocks. Fish catch has declined continuously and is likely to fall further. The culprit is the climate breakdown, affecting the town’s fisheries industry. Most of all, the crisis targets the income and livelihood of both small fisherfolks and fish sellers. For Arceli…

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Trash collectors face new problem amidst pandemic: Used face masks

The risks imposed on garbage collectors are seemingly increasing, yet another problem emerged on solid waste management due to the pandemic: improper disposal of biomedical wastes.  Environmental frontliners continue to battle with their lives as signages were posted in streets saying: “Ilagay sa tamang tapunan ang ginamit mong facemask,” following the growing problem on how…

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Apo Reef in Focus: The Boon and Bane of the Pandemic

If there is one good thing that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the positive impact the limited movement of people for at least a year has given the environment: A chance to breathe, to recharge, and to heal. In the Apo Reef Natural Park in Occidental Mindoro, for example, the number of…

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Locally called Lampasut by Tagbanuas; Lumba-lumba by Tagalogs and Visayans, this unusual-looking dolphin got its name from the Ayeyarwady River (also called Irrawaddy River) in Myanmar. First identified by Sir Richard Owen in 1866, Irrawaddy dolphins usually travel in pods of six or fewer, but can group together up to 25 individuals when they fish…

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Due to increasing temperature, typhoons have frequented Luzon in the recent years and have affected areas near Laguna De Bay. This has caused an increase in the water level. The effects of climate change go beyond heavy rainfall. It can also damage ecosystems that service livelihood and human-wellbeing. Typhoons have been frequenting Luzon in recent…

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OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Back in March 2018, Renal Advincula and his family faced a huge tragedy due to El Niño at their farm in Barangay Claudio Salgado, Sitio Pandan, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. El Niño is a climate pattern caused by the interaction of the ocean and the atmosphere. The rise of oceanic temperature commonly…

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The Subic Watershed Forest Reserve (SWFR) in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) was classified as a Global Key Biodiversity Area (Global KBA) in the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas developed by the Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership last 2020. As a Global KBA, it is considered as one of the most ecologically important places…

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