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ecology, natural resources

Office of the President plans to cut trees in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY — The Office of the President has asked for a tree cutting permit for 32 Caliandra trees to be cut at the present Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Cordillera compound, which will soon be fenced for the building of a summer house for the Office of the Executive Secretary across the presidential Mansion at Brgy. Lualhati, here.

Illegal logging destroys watersheds in Benguet

BAGUIO CTY — Forester and Upper Agno River Watershed Area Team (UARWAT) section chief Onofre Castro told the members of the media that the watershed along Agno River in Bokod, Benguet is threatened as illegal loggers and conversion of the forest into agricultural farms.

Mangrove Forests bilang proteksyon sa baybayin

Ipinakita na ng ating karanasan sa madalas na storm surge na napakalaki ng pinsala at kawalan sa buhay at ari-arian. Ang mahabang baybayin at mga ilog ang nagdidikta ng ating bulnerabilidad sa taunang pagbaha na namiminsala sa ating kabuhayan at mga imprastruktura.

Baguio dads to stop Suntrust construction at Gibraltar

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Councilors Arthur Allad-iw, Leandro Yangot, Jr., Faustino A. Olowan, and Edgar M. Avila in a resolution approved during last Monday’s regular Council session are directing the Suntrust Properties, Inc. to cease and desist from pursuing its expansion project in Barangay Gibraltar until such time that all issues and concerns regarding the safety of their excavation and construction are addressed.

Condo construction erodes newly paved road

BAGUIO CITY — The contractor for the construction of a condominium here had to bring down a section of the newly paved Gibraltar road, near Good Shepherd Convent and the Mines View Park last May 11 after the soil underneath eroded.

Editorial: Overbuilding in the City of Pines

The aftermath of the “killer earthquake” on July 16, 1990 brought out studies about the geology and the carrying capacity of Baguio City as an integral area. These studies and estimates were made mostly by scientists in the field of environment, geology, vulcanology and hydrology, and those who cared for the City and its people.

IPs, envi group slams CA

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and Defend Ilocos slammed the Senate’s Commission on Appointments for rejecting Secretary Regina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Ilocandia Rumblings: Why mining is everybody’s concern

From reef to ridge and for many years, the people of Ilocos suffered from the ill effects of mining. Decades of magnetite extraction along the shorelines caused massive erosion in the Province of La Union and Ilocos Sur. Waste from upland mining operations, especially in the Cordilleras, polluted rivers and streams.

Ilocos envi group urges DENR sec to cancel MPSAs in watersheds

VIGAN CITY — A day after commending Secretary Regina Lopez for the cancellation of 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSA), the Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) asked her to include MPSAs that straddle watersheds supporting Ilocos rivers.

Crossroads: Extreme weather in a warming globe

Happy New Year! May 2017 give us a cooler weather as we feel our temperatures rise and the oceans warming. Scientists are now one in saying 2016 had been the hottest so far for our planet. This warming is now on its third year of record breaking. Extreme weather is the new normal for now. And this is the result of human-made activities causing global warming. Mainly this is due to our use of fossil fuels, massive deforestation and destruction of mangrove forests.

Sustaining the Ifugao rice terraces in times of climate change

BAGUIO CITY — It was during this year’s (2016) harvest that rice farmer Virginia Ambalinon noticed that her harvest had reduced to half the yield she used to produce some five years ago. She attributes the decrease to the changing weather patterns.