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Seemingly hopeless story inspires movements of hope

Busy streets, people buzzing about, and an overflowing supply of vegetables and rice delicacies. These were the images that described normal Thursdays in the markets of Maitum, the farthest municipality in the province of Sarangani. But everything changed when COVID-19 came into the picture. Just weeks before the Enhanced Community Quarantine, I went out to…

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5 Decades, 5 Champions: Dr. Michael A. Bengwayan

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we will be featuring 5 local Environmental Defenders who tirelessly fought and championed their respective environmental causes in the last 5 decades. Dr. Michael A. Bengwayan is a Filipino journalist and activist, born and raised in Baguio City, Benguet. He is currently the Director of the…

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Official Statement of the Association of Young Environmental Journalists on the ABS-CBN Shutdown

The Association of Young Environmental Journalists decries the cease and desist order filed by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to the Philippines’ largest broadcasting network, ABS-CBN. The events that led to its shutdown from the airwaves on May 5 have been targeted attacks on press freedom and democracy, and as young journalists committed to upholding…

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Discovering a sikad driver’s unexpected weapon against COVID-19

Mr. Macud is a pedicab driver, or sikad, as it is locally called in the community of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte.  At the age of 40, Mr. Macud is more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. But being the sole provider of his family of two, he has no choice but  to work. They don’t…

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5 Decades, 5 Champions: Dr. Angel C. Alcala

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we will be featuring 5 local Environmental Defenders who tirelessly fought and championed their respective environmental causes in the last 5 decades. Angel C. Alcala was born and raised in Cauayan, Negros Occidental. He is a Filipino biologist who was proclaimed a National Scientist of the…

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Dumaguete walks for zero waste

Around 500 people joined the Zero Waste Month Walk held last January 18 at Quezon Park, Dumaguete City to celebrate the achievements of the zero waste movement, raise awareness on how individuals can live sustainably, and to hold the government and corporations accountable. With the theme, “Zero Waste: a Solution to the Climate Crisis,” the…