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NCR’s ‘last bird sanctuary’ near Manila bay

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…

How a calamity-prone barangay in Cabanatuan managed to combat Climate Change

How a calamity-prone barangay in Cabanatuan managed to combat Climate Change

Rows of colorful flowers made from recycled plastic bottles would greet Azaleah Pascual every time she walked around her home barangay in Cabanatuan City. There was not a piece of trash or plastic straw in sight.  However, taking a leisurely stroll around Barangay Pagas was quite different today compared to seven years ago.  “Dati, hindi…

Inside Marikina’s Green Initiatives

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…

Warming seas affect Tanza fishers, sellers

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…

Trash collectors face new problem amidst pandemic: Used face masks

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…

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

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…