The Provincial Board of Ilocos Sur compelled the DPWH and PENRO to stop the tree-cutting operation along the Manila North Road after discovering some procedural lapses. PENRO issued a special tree-cutting permit to DPWH to cut at least 1,165 trees, some of which are century-old acacia to implement the directive of Secretary Mark Villar to remove all obstructions along the 20-meter highway road right-of-way before the end of 2019.
Clearly, it will take a while for behavior modification among the citizens of Baguio to practice a lifestyle void of waste. But for what it is worth, a clean environment for the cool city of Pines already aggravated by construction and traffic congestion, it is a cost I am most willing to pay.
After seven years, a bitter-sweet victory for those who stood against the cutting and earth-balling of trees for the expansion of SM Baguio after the Supreme Court, on April 10, ordered the mall chain to cease from cutting more trees and secure another environmental compliance certificate before it can continue.
Baguio Water District General Manager Salvador Royeca reminded politicians to be mindful of the water issue in the city not only during the campaign period but as part of their governance agenda when elected.
The establishment of Salween Peace Park, a 5,200 square kilometer forest park in Hpapun District, Karen State, as “a space of peace, self-determination, environmental integrity, and cultural survival,” is largely attributed to Karen people’s struggle to protect their community and uplift the lives of their people.
Fires again destroyed forests in Benguet province last night, March 10, burning an estimated 15 hectares of mountain lands.
Senior Supt. Maria Sofia Mendoza of the Bureau of Fire Protection Cordillera said the number of incidents recorded in the first two months this year is alarming given the El Nino warning of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).
Forest fires that struck the woodland near Philex Mines in Benguet on Feb. 21 and blazes that consumed forest areas in Mountain Province were among the disastrous fires recorded this February.
Five persons died in a fire that destroyed at least six hectare forest area in Itogon town in Benguet at the Eastern side of Sitio Sal-angan, Barangay Ampucao.
Small-scale mining activities may soon resume in the gold-rich town of Itogon in this province after the Provincial Mining and Regulatory Board (PMRB) signed the declaration of a Minahang Bayan (People’s Small-scale Mining Area) in a Tuesday evening (Jan. 15) meeting at the Capitol here.
Residents and groups opposing the construction of the coal-fired plant in Sual town in Pangasinan reiterated their position on why the facility should not be allowed to push through.
No business enterprise would have its name smeared for having destroyed Baguio’s pine forest beside the Baguio Convention Center for the sake of profit. This emerging view may yet save the man-made pinestand amidst renewed apprehension of city residents and visitors over the refusal of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to sell the lot to the city so that it be preserved for posterity.