Environment Secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez vowed to investigate reported abuses by mining companies in Mindanao, and warned erring operations of penal repercussions for their acts.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council is prepared to respond to disasters, including the threat from the incoming La Niña wet season disasters.
The eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte wants to have a smoking ban on beaches in Davao City.
Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, said he wants to get involved in a nationwide campaign to save the beaches by banning smoking on beaches.
Government agencies here are now preparing for La Niña by providing technical assistance to local government units.
Incoming Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the next government is “definitely not anti-mining” but insisted the Duterte administration is committed to push for responsible mining.
The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) welcomed the appointment of Gina Lopez, a known advocate for the environment, as secretary to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The environmental council here plans to use environmental tax collection for programs and projects that would contribute to watershed protection.
The Regional Development Council here is pushing for the expansion of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range and Wildlife Sanctuary to cover more than 26,000 hectares from its current 7,132.76 hectares.
Along with the celebration of the Philippine Environmental Month this June, environmental groupsand government agencies are set for the grand opening of theJune 27-29 Ecofest Davao 2016.
An environmental group said President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will make history if he shuts down big mining companies that has caused destruction to the environment.