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Vehicles are the top contributor to air pollution in the Philippines – DENR

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Measures to improve air quality in the Philippines are among the priority agenda at the ongoing 8th Annual Clean Air forum of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The discussion points to vehicle emission as the leading factor that contributes 69% to the country’s air pollution.

90% of which comes from Metro Manila.

Based on records of DENR, the current rate of air pollution has declined by about 20%.

However, it is still more than the allowable level stated in the Clean Air Act.

Based on records of the Land Transportation Office, more than 6,000 vehicles have been added on the road from 2012 to 2014.

“It [pollution] worsens because the number of vehicle is increasing; the population is growing; the roads are getting congested and structures are getting higher. These are some factors why air pollution remains on the ground and not dispersing,” explained Rene Pineda, Partnership for Clean Air president.

In 2013, more than three million developed respiratory diseases due to air pollution but the number has lowered by 29% in the past 3 years.

“It aggravates the respiratory diseases like asthma. And it allegedly cause pregnancy defects,” said Eva Ocfemia, Assistant Director of Environmental Management Bureau – DENR.

The government is now penalizing violators of Clean Air Act through the no-contact anti-smoke belching operation. As of today, the government has apprehended almost 9,000 firms for failing the emission standards and for operating without proper permits.

DENR advised to use cleaner fuel to lessen pollution.

“The Euro2 fuel that we use has 500ppm in terms of sulfur dioxide emission. If we use Euro4 it further downgrades emission level to 50ppm only,” Ocfemia said.

The public may also contribute in reducing air pollution by not smoking, by walking or using bicycle for short distances or riding the mass transport system.

It is also better to recycle your garbage instead of burning it.

(REY PELAYO/UNTV NEWS)

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LIST: 11 Chinese, Korean businesses in Boracay ordered closed

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Aerial shot of Boracay establishments

Several business establishments owned by foreign nationals on Boracay island have been ordered closed by the government.

In a list released on Tuesday, eleven restaurants and other businesses mostly owned by Chinese and Korean nationals were shut down for lack of necessary permits to operate.

Establishments ordered for closure are listed below:

1. Bella’s Bar and Restaurant

2. Great Wall Inn and Restaurant

3. Old Captain Cuisine

4. Ken Minimart

5. Ken St.

6. Island Staff Restaurant

7. Coco Spa

8. Kim Ji Man

9. W Hostel Boracay Dragon

10. VIP Souvernir Shop

11. YH World Network Services, Inc.

The list was released by the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group following a crackdown and inspection of businesses with names and signage written in foreign characters from May 7 to May 9, 2019.

Out of the 49 establishments inspected, the 11 stores listed were found without mayor’s permit while 14 were unable to complete requirements in putting up a business as stated in a local ordinance.

Closure order for these establishments has been issued by the Office of the Municipal Mayor following a recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Authorities said these establishments will not be allowed to operate until they are found to be compliant with the local ordinance articulating the process that must be followed when opening a business in the world-renowned island. (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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Philippine Eagle pair to fly to Singapore for conservation

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

File photo: Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) | Courtesy: Harrybalais from Creative Commons

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be sending a pair of Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) to Singapore in a move to save the species from extinction.

“We’ll do that to preserve the Philippine Eagle which is very near extinction already,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Wednesday (April 24) during DENR’s 2019 celebration of the annual Earth Day.

Cimatu said the loan agreement will protect the species from possible outbreak of disease in the future which could wipe out or significantly affect their population.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) included the Philippine Eagle in its endangered list of wildlife as there are some 180 to 500 mature eagles remaining in the country.

The Philippine Eagle’s decreasing population, according to the IUCN, is attributed to habitat destruction, diseases, hunting and climate change.

Considered the largest eagle species in the world, the Philippine Eagle as a top predator is responsible for regulating population of smaller animals
such rodents, bats, and snakes that may pose danger to humans and crops .

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) already warned about the Philippine Eagle’s decreasing population.

DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said Singapore has wildlife experts who can look after the eagles.

The loaning of the Philippine Eagle is in line with the 2019 Earth Day theme “Protect our species”. — Marje Pelayo

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Report restaurant’s selling tawilis – DENR

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Tawilis

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon reminds the public that the closed fishing season for tawilis remains in effect until April 30.

Thus, the agency urges the public to report restaurants or establishments selling the endangered freshwater sardine endemic to the Philippines.

Sardinella tawilis is the only freshwater species of Sardinella and is found exclusively in the waters of Taal Lake in Batangas.

READ: Fishing ban eyed to save the Philippines’ endangered ‘tawilis’

This is to allow the fish to breed as it is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to its red list of endangered species.

Tawilis, commonly known as Bombon sardine, is facing major threats such as “overexploitation, pollution and competition or predation with introduced fishes, resulting in continuing declines in habitat quality and number of mature individuals,” according to the IUCN.

The Philippine Society for Freshwater Science (PSFS) expressed support for the implementation of the closed fishing season for the endangered freshwater sardine set by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) from March to April.

READ: Scientists Support the Closed Season for Tawilis from March to April

The group also supports the implementation of a proper mesh size and establishment of sanctuaries within the Taal Lake. – Marje Pelayo

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