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