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Watershed in Surigao del Sur to be declared as a protected area

Consultations set

BUTUAN CITY – A series of consultations will hear the proposal to declare a watershed in Surigao del Sur as a protected area under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018 (E-NIPAS).The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Caraga Region (DENR-13)… Read More


Masagana 150′ key agricultural focus of food security

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking into a “Masagana 150” program that will target to produce 150 cavans of rice harvest per hectare, Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista has said.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s father and namesake, the late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr., introduced Masagana 99 in the 1970s to prevent a nationwide rice shortage.

The program was designed to increase rice production by giving farmers high-yielding rice varieties, with the goal of promoting the country’s rice self-sufficiency by raising the average palay crop yield from 40 cavans per hectare to 99 cavans per hectare.

The Masagana 150 program, Evangelista said, would employ new technology in helping the farmers increase their yield. READ MORE


Rappler: A study by the Philippine Environmental Management Bureau shows that the fecal coliform contamination of Pujada Bay has already reached more than 2,000 parts per million – way beyond the tolerable level of 200 ppm

Pujada Bay listed as one the world’s most beautiful

The Pujada Bay, along with Mayo and Balete Bays, in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental has officially been included on the list of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

Dolores Valdesco, head of the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) and one of the technical persons for the province’s application, said the MBBWA is set to send their recommendations for implementation, which include the inclusion of Mayo and Balete Bays in the City of Mati in the official documents that originally covers only the Pujada Bay. READ MORE

Mati City denies Pujada Bay becoming ‘virtual cesspool’ › article › davao › local-news

 THE City Government of Mati denied reports that Pujada Bay has become a ‘virtual cesspool’. On June 28, 2022, news site Rappler published a story entitled ‘Davao Oriental’s world-class bay turns into a virtual cesspool’ that is allegedly based on a study by the Philippine Environmental Management Bureau (PEMB). The study says the fecal coliform contamination of Pujada Bay has now reached more than 2,000 parts per million which are beyond the tolerable level of 200 ppm (parts per million). READ MORE

Davao Oriental’s world-class bay turns into a virtual cesspool

Environment officials sounded alarm bells over the fecal coliform contamination of the Pujada Bay in Davao  Oriental, which increased over 10 times the tolerable level.

A Philippine Environmental Management Bureau (PEMB) study showed that the fecal coliform contamination of Pujada Bay has already reached more than 2,000 parts per million which is way beyond the tolerable level of 200 ppm.READ MORE

Caged Philippine eagle ‘Espoir’ dies from snake bite

“Espoir,” a four-month old Philippine Eagle died after being attacked by a snake on Tuesday (April 5) inside its enclosure at the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in Davao City.

In a statement, the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) said Espoir was found lifeless Tuesday morning on the floor of its cage.

“The team of animal keepers immediately reviewed CCTV footage to reveal that the chick was attacked by a python,” PEF said. READ NORE

Holcim shares greenhouse gas emissions reporting best practices to support Philippines climate action

Leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. shared its best practices in measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from operations in a government webinar to further strengthen the country’s efforts to mitigate climate change.

Represented by Sustainability Manager Stephanie Frogoso, Holcim Philippines participated as a resource speaker in the Climate Change Mitigation webinar on January 28 organized by the Partnership to Strengthen Transparency for co-Innovation (PaSTI), a joint program with the Climate Change Service under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ).

Frogoso provided an overview of the company’s sustainability commitments, the carbon footprint of cement manufacturing, and initiatives to contribute to the Holcim Group’s Net Zero ambition. Frogoso also discussed available tools used for measuring emissions, simulation of a cement plant’s carbon footprint, and the Cement Sustainability Initiative’s principles for accounting and reporting.     .

The webinar is part of the PaSTI project that started in 2020 to capacitate the government, the private sector and key stakeholders in further improving the systems for measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) climate change mitigation measures. This project is supported by Japan’s Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC) and the MOEJ. Establishment of an MRV system is important for the Philippines to monitor and report progress on climate change actions under the Paris Agreement.

Holcim Philippines President and CEO Horia Adrian: “Our deepest thanks to the government for continuing to involve us in these important discussions and recognizing our commitment and initiatives against climate change. Our company is ready to continue improving operations and rolling out innovative and sustainable building solutions to grow our business and make a positive social and environmental impact to support the country’s progress.”

It was the third time that Holcim Philippines has participated in the climate change webinar organized by DENR and MOEJ since 2020. Last year, Holcim Philippines joined the webinar which discussed the benefits for the private sector in participating in climate transparency initiatives. Participants discussed GHG mitigation measures and shared their insights on the importance of a national climate policy and communication with the government.

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