The beauty of Bulabog Puti-an National Park

Blue skies arrays from above as the sunlight shines telling it’s the sunny time of the year. It’s definitely the time to be close with nature such as forests invite you with its cool air and free zen. The province of Iloilo does not only offer mouth-watering dishes, chronicled and famous tourism sites, rich cultural antiquity and improving economy, but it has something others may … Continue reading The beauty of Bulabog Puti-an National Park

Climate justice protection key to restoring Earth

Environmental and human rights groups mark this year’s Earth Day by calling on the Philippine government to prioritize the systemic changes needed to protect Filipinos from harms aggravated by the climate crisis. The groups, who are also the petitioners to the world’s first climate change and human rights inquiry, are also urging the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to expedite the issuance of the resolution … Continue reading Climate justice protection key to restoring Earth

Globe calls for proper e-Waste recycling

One of the greatest and most impactful risks we face as a community is the threat of climate change. Globe sees mitigating the impact of climate change as a collective approach, and further gives its customers endless opportunities to do good. As a company at the core of innovation, responsible use of technology is a principle Globe wants to foster in its customers. Even as … Continue reading Globe calls for proper e-Waste recycling

Boracay solid waste care, water quality inspection continues

The inspection of Boracay Island’s solid waste management and water quality continues upon the order of Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Region 6 was tasked to do inspection on the status of solid waste management in Boracay Island, check on its waste segregation and undertake water sampling in the surrounding water bodies. … Continue reading Boracay solid waste care, water quality inspection continues

Assembly area to rise at Plaza Libertad

The renovation of Plaza Libertad will pave way for an assembly area in front of City Hall. This, after Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, councilors, and City Government officials led the groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of Plaza Libertad last Feb. 4, 2021. The first phase of the rehabilitation covers some 4,000 square meters of the plaza which includes the assembly area … Continue reading Assembly area to rise at Plaza Libertad

Iloilo City pursues integrated farming

Eyes the use of indigenous materials in greening endeavor The Iloilo City Government continues to look for ways in improving its initiative on landscaping for food by planting vegetables initially. The greening endeavor has been expanded into integrated farming – basically not just communal gardening – but it now infuses breeding of tilapias and native chickens. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas (JPT) Ediscape (Edible landscaping) program … Continue reading Iloilo City pursues integrated farming

DENR taps young ENR ambassadors as partners for change

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 has launched the ENR Ambassadors Project under the Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK)/Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), formerly known as Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO). The ENR Ambassadors were endorsed by their respective school/organization heads and were verified by Information Officers (IOs) from the respective DENR 6’s field offices. The ENR Ambassadors are … Continue reading DENR taps young ENR ambassadors as partners for change

Globe sets up e-waste collection points nationwide

As part of its environmental protection advocacy, Globe has set up over 100 collection points nationwide for electronic waste (e-waste) to encourage everyone to practice proper disposal of electronic or battery-operated devices and IT accessories and peripherals which are no longer working or wanted. For individuals who want to join the cause, they may go to any participating Globe Stores nationwide such as SM North … Continue reading Globe sets up e-waste collection points nationwide

Cleaner Boracay fosters tourism and environment sustainability

Responsible tourism pushed Boracay Island, the world class beach destination has reopened to travelers from general community quarantine (GCQ) or lower quarantine classification areas and Western Visayas region since October 1, 2020. The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) approved the reopening of the island and the country to tourism with observance of health guidelines and protocol to ensure a healthy and safe travel experience. Hotels, … Continue reading Cleaner Boracay fosters tourism and environment sustainability

New seagrass species thrive in Boracay

An environmental team has discovered a new seagrass species in the island of Boracay. A team of professionals from the Dagatnon Environmental Consulting Services who were tapped by Conservation Development Division (CDD) of the DENR 6 has identified the new species as Halophila spinulosa. Halophila spinulosa has tiny leaves that grow in opposite pairs on a long thin stem forming a flat fern-like overall shape. … Continue reading New seagrass species thrive in Boracay

Banana leaves as dining plates

Straws, cups, utensils and even plates –these are just some of the home essentials we could not share to another individual for sanitation and health reasons. And with the pandemic, these utensils need to come in handy and reusable to one person especially at work. In one of their field visits and site inspections of NGP areas in the province of Aklan, personnel of the … Continue reading Banana leaves as dining plates

Oil spill-affected families in Iloilo return home

Families that were evacuated because of the July 3 Iloilo oil spill finally returned to their homes last July 18, fifteen days after the incident caused by AC Energy’s power barge. AC Energy Philippines confirmed that all 308 families have safely returned to their homes on the following dates: Mansaya, 70 families, July 17; Obrero Zone 2, 102 families, July 17; Obrero Zone 3, 136 … Continue reading Oil spill-affected families in Iloilo return home

Iloilo oil spill cleanup shows progress

Agencies and groups tasked to address the July 3 Iloilo oil spill met recently to present and assess their progress as well as their plan of action. The task force is composed of Iloilo City barangays, the Iloilo City Government, the Philippine Coast Guard, and Ayala-owned AC Energy Philippines and its consultant AECOM Philippines. Oil-spill affected households The task force is currently assessing the 323 … Continue reading Iloilo oil spill cleanup shows progress

AC Energy cites rehab plan to address Iloilo oil spill

Ayala-owned company AC Energy Philippines files its rehabilitation plan to address the environmental impact of the oil spill caused by its power barge in the waters of Lapuz, Iloilo City last July 3, 2020. In its environmental management plan, AC Energy stated that they will complete the oil spill cleanup to ensure that the water quality is restored to safe levels. Last July 5, AC … Continue reading AC Energy cites rehab plan to address Iloilo oil spill

Govt-led COVID recovery plans must focus on climate action, vulnerable sectors – Greenpeace

Greenpeace Philippines called on the government to ensure that climate action and vulnerable sectors are at the core of its stimulus plans. The call came as Typhoon Ambo sends tens of thousands of Filipinos whose lives and livelihoods are already affected by COVID-19—reeling from heavy rains and strong winds. Typhoon Ambo is the first tropical storm to hit the country this year following an intense … Continue reading Govt-led COVID recovery plans must focus on climate action, vulnerable sectors – Greenpeace

How old mobile phones can save the Philippines’ rainforests

In a landmark initiative, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), PLDT wireless unit, Smart Communications, and Huawei Technologies Philippines (Huawei), are collaborating to pilot test an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that taps mobile technology to detect and record rainforest sounds that can help prevent illegal logging and poaching activities in the country’s rainforests. At present, the solution has been successfully deployed to five … Continue reading How old mobile phones can save the Philippines’ rainforests

Cebu Pacific launches sustainable tourism advocacy

Tourism is great economic driver, as it creates income and employment opportunities for communities where sources of livelihood may be limited. As the market for tourism grows all over the world, so does its impact on the environment, natural resources and local culture. The consequence of unchecked growth of the tourism industry is degradation of natural resources and heritage sites. As such, Cebu Pacific (CEB), … Continue reading Cebu Pacific launches sustainable tourism advocacy

City to provide 300 trash bins, 62 portalets during Dinagyang

The Iloilo City Government will temporarily provide 300 kaings or bamboo baskets as trash bins around downtown area during Dinagyang 2020 highlights this weekend. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas hopes this will provide solution to the indiscriminate throwing of garbage during the festivities. But he clarified that culprits will be issued with citation tickets when caught littering. City Hall has also contracted additional 50 portalets to … Continue reading City to provide 300 trash bins, 62 portalets during Dinagyang

Mobile tech help reduce carbon emissions

The use of mobile technology enabled a global reduction of greenhouse has emissions in 2018, which shows that the mobile industry is one of many key sectors playing a crucial role in addressing the challenge of climate change. There was a reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions of around 2,135 million tonnes carbon dioxide (CO2e) in 2018, according to the GSMA report made in collaboration … Continue reading Mobile tech help reduce carbon emissions

Organic agriculture LGUs nationwide gather in Iloilo

The League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, Cities, and Provinces of the Philippines (LOAMCP-PH) will hold its 12th General Assembly bringing together local chief executives (LCEs) and local government unit (LGU) focal points on organic agriculture at the Iloilo Grand Hotel in Iloilo City on 4-5 December 2019. With the theme “Bridging Self-Organized Societal Three-folding On-the-Ground Initiatives and R.A. 10068 Implementation in the Philippines: The Development … Continue reading Organic agriculture LGUs nationwide gather in Iloilo

San Miguel Corp debuts PH’s first recycled plastics road

Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has taken another major step in the area of sustainability, by laying the first recycled plastics road in the Philippines. Asphalt using plastics were laid on a 1,500-square meter pilot test site at a new logistics center in General Trias, Cavite. The test site was chosen as it will be used primarily as a marshalling area for trucks with heavy … Continue reading San Miguel Corp debuts PH’s first recycled plastics road

Greenpeace welcomes Malacañang plan on single-use plastic ban

In a statement sent to Iloilo Updates, Greenpeace Southeast Asia regional campaign coordinator Abigail Aguilar said that they welcome the announcement that President Rodrigo Duterte is considering a nationwide ban on single-use plastics. “This is a long delayed pronouncement which we trust will be put into action and will not remain a mere statement,” Aguilar stated in the press release. Greenpeace Suggests How To Ban … Continue reading Greenpeace welcomes Malacañang plan on single-use plastic ban

NEDA 6 plants mangrove seedlings at Iloilo River Esplanade

In support to the Expanded National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the NEDA Region VI officials and staff led by RD Ro-Ann A. Bacal conducted a tree planting activity at the Iloilo River Esplanade 4, Iloilo City on September 6, 2019. A total of 200 Bungalon mangrove seedlings provided by DENR were planted by the NEDA-VI officials and staff … Continue reading NEDA 6 plants mangrove seedlings at Iloilo River Esplanade

Globe conducts relief ops in N. Iloilo, Ilocos Norte

Globe has conducted relief operations in three towns of northern Iloilo which were placed under State of Calamity after prolonged bad weather disrupted the livelihood of fishermen in the coastal areas, resulting in food shortage which affected 18,000 families. The company turned over 10 sacks of rice each to the municipalities of Carles, Estancia, and Concepcion to help a total of 15,034 families in 32 … Continue reading Globe conducts relief ops in N. Iloilo, Ilocos Norte

Iloilo City rebuilds resilience team

The Iloilo City Resilience Team has been rebuilt to establish a strong foundation focusing on four pillars of resiliency in implementing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programs and projects. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas recently issued an executive order reconstituting and designating team members providing for its powers and functions. This is to complement and coordinate through a partnership with private-sector led National Resilience Council (NRC). “There … Continue reading Iloilo City rebuilds resilience team

SM Foundation to train farmers in Guimaras

SM Foundation (SMFI) strives to help small-scale farmers by upgrading their knowledge to produce quality, safe, high-value, and high-yielding fruits and vegetables while teaching them to become self-sufficient. This is made possible through its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program. Last July 24, 2019, SMFI launched its 212th batch of farmers who will undergo the training. These farmers-scholars are from the municipality of Jordan … Continue reading SM Foundation to train farmers in Guimaras

Iloilo provincial board goes paperless

The 13th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo is now implementing a paperless legislation system. The provincial board conducted its first paperless session on July 16, 2019, browsing through the agenda with the use of laptop computers. “This is just the start. We aim to go ‘fully paperless’ in the next months, as others are still adjusting to the system,” Vice Governor Christine “Tingting” Garin said. Garin … Continue reading Iloilo provincial board goes paperless

Drilon bill bans waste importation, jails violators

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon called for a total ban on all waste imports and violators may soon face hefty fines or imprisonment of up to 12 years. Under Senate Bill No. 18 or the Waste Importation Ban Act of 2019, authored by Drilon, all waste imports, including recyclable materials, will be banned from entering the Philippines. Drilon’s proposal comes on the heels of … Continue reading Drilon bill bans waste importation, jails violators