When the Philippines started implementing lockdowns due to the pandemic last year, the tourism industry was among those hardly hit. Siete Pecados Marine Park (SPMP), a 153-hectare community-managed eco-tourism spot in Coron, Palawan, was no exception. Since quarantine restrictions were put in place last year, SPMP has not generated income, even during the summer months…

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To help reinforce the role of journalism in climate action and environmental reportage, the Department of Education through the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DepEd-DRRMS) alongside the Association of Young Environmental Journalists (AYEJ) launched The Green Beat Initiative + (TGBI+), last Friday, August 27, with its first virtual synchronous learning session. TGBI+ is the second…

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On fighting against climate change: Imuseños unite through green schools

Kung ayaw may dahilan; kung gusto palaging mayroong paraan. This Filipino proverb ignited Imus National High School (INHS) to act as it heeds the need to address the inevitable implications of climate change in the country through their school-based environmental projects. Jonard Saria, INHS School Property Custodian and Overseer of the Green School Program, shared…

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Climate Reality PH, East-West Center, open applications for Project Niche

07 July 2021, Quezon City—The Climate Reality Project Philippines, in partnership with the Hawaii-based East-West Center and youth-led environmental group Wavefarers, is inviting young climate advocates to submit project proposals to “Project Niche: Advocacy Pitch.” Launched last July 5, Project Niche aims to empower the youth to conceptualize and implement community-based projects on climate action…

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NCR’s ‘last bird sanctuary’ near Manila bay

For the past decades, there has been continuous degradation of the wetland ecosystem, which is why a form of rehabilitation was needed in order to preserve them. In 2007, Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) in Manila Bay was established by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation to protect the critical state of the area’s…

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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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