Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Why do supermarkets charge for plastic bags

When I complained about the removal of water stations where customers can have free water in SM Food Courts, another issue was raised by UP Professor Roland Simbulan about mall giant SM: plastic bags being sold in supermarkets. Simbulan said: “The SM Supermarkets have actually made more money out of the ban on the use […]

December 13, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, General  No Comments

What the Chinese ship did in Benham Rise

Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare undersea region off the provinces of Isabela and Aurora which the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) approved in 2009 as part of the Philippine’s extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from the shores), came into the consciousness of many Filipinos recently with Defense Secretary Delfin […]

April 3, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Environment  9 Comments

Justice Carpio’s Benham Rise 101

The notes of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Benham Rise is very useful as the 13-million-hectare undersea region east of Luzon is in the news with the disclosure last week by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that Chinese survey ships have been spotted in the area last year. Filipinos are familiar with […]

March 15, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Environment, Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Out of DFA, Yasay has difficulty renewing passport

Life is like a wheel. One moment you are up and the next moment you can be down. That is happening to Perfecto Yasay Jr, foreign secretary since the start of the Duterte administration last July 2016 until last Wednesday, March 8. When Yasay was foreign secretary, his office was swamped with requests from relatives, […]

March 13, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Environment, Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

Why Gina Lopez says she has no caldero?

A video of the exchange between Gina Lopez, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s choice as secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, and a pro-mining advocate is going the rounds of social media. Lopez was asking the man to choose between food and minerals because she argued that mining that extracts minerals from underneath the ground destroys […]

June 26, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Environment, Governance  5 Comments

DENR, the Church and the nickel ore stockpile in Manicani

Has the government relinquished its duty of regulating the mining industry to the Catholic Church? That’s the question I asked Environment Secretary Ramon Paje when he said that Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC) has to get the approval of the church to their request to remove the 1.1 million metric tons nickel ore stockpile in Manicani […]

August 20, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Environment, Malaya  3 Comments

Make Christmas meaningful by reducing E-waste

This Christmas, one of the most welcome gifts is a cellphone or a Tablet. Not only for adults but also for children who are now tech-savvy. Ban Toxics, a group that goes by the motto that “The only world worth passing to our children is toxic- free” advises all of us to go slow on […]

December 21, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Environment, Malaya  3 Comments

Protecting El Nido’s coral reefs

When God blessed the earth, he must have been standing near and facing Palawan because the province is so rich in natural resources and possesses spectacular sceneries – on the ground, underground, on the water, underwater. In the northern part of Palawan is El Nido, a municipality of almost 40,000 in an area covering 92,326 […]

June 18, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, Malaya  4 Comments

A lovely New Year even with Yolanda!

Yolanda was very much in our mind as we bid goodbye to 2013 and welcomed 2014. Our place in Guisijan, Laua-an, Antique was one of those hit by Yolanda. Not as bad as Leyte and Samar but there was still a lot of repairing and fixing to do.

January 3, 2014   Posted in: Disasters, Environment  14 Comments

USS Guardian probe report evades key issues, raises more question

By Rex Robles, VERA Files Last week, the US Navy released the result of its investigation on the Jan. 17, 2013 grounding of USS Guardian in Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, pinning the blame on “lack of leadership” but praising the “heroic efforts of the crew to save their ship.” One reason why the […]

June 27, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, Vera Files  174 Comments