Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has directed all protected area (PA) managers in the country to ensure that local communities are involved in the all aspects of management of conservation areas known for their natural, ecological and cultural values.
Around 12,000 residents here joined the simultaneous National Clean Up Day on September 17, a local official said.
The city government is mulling to open two new sanitary landfills as the existing landfill located in Tugbok district is only left with two years in its lifespan.
A foreign delegate to the national environmental forum for environmental-friendly and sustainable schools and cities here is impressed with the city’s cleanliness.
Delegates from Japan, Malaysia and Singapore are here in the city for an environmental forum on August 31 to September 2.
The Philippine Eagle Foundation has appealed anew for the protection of the forests and the ancestral domains of indigenous peoples in Mt. Apo saying this is vital to preserving the Philippine Eagle, a critically endangered species endemic to the Philippines.
“These companies are enjoying the income tax holidays, because they know that it’s a part of the social marketing of the national government to attract more foreign investment.”
As the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is still busy evaluating the mining companies in the Philippines, pro-mining groups insisted that the Mindanao mining companies abide and do responsible mining and they are open for talks with DENR.
Jesuit priest Fr. Joel Tabora called the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 treasonous and said that it is time for the government to replace the mining policy.
Environmental Secretary Regina Lopez announced that the DENR has suspended on Thursday, August 4 the Claver Mineral Development Corporation in Claver, Surigao del Norte.