Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has vowed not to sell Manila Zoo during his inspection in the area on Thursday (July 4).
“We will never sell Manila Zoo. It will be run by the local government unit. No matter how, we are going to modernize to address the demands of our time,” according to Moreno.
Despite being closed to the public for six months since January, the facility still has no sewerage treatment plant (STP).
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shut down the operations of Manila Zoo after discovering it is contributing waste in Manila Bay.
Aside from the STP, Manila Zoo also needs a proper drainage system and water pipes.
Domagoso said there is no timeline yet on the reopening of Manila Zoo since the facility needs to pass DENR standards. He added that they would still need to manage the budget to construct an STP.
“Kung next month, na-comply namin iyong problema or requirements ng DENR, sa amin, bilang local government, we’ll open (If we are able to comply with the DENR requirements by next month, we will resume operation),” he said. —AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
The Philippine and the United States military divers, along with local government units and non-government organizations installed artificial reefs in Batangas on August 15.
Oplan Pamamalakaya is a collaboration between by the Philippine Air Force, DV Boer Farm, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, and Municipality of Calatagan local government and residents.
The team were able to install a total of 30 jackstone-type artificial habitat reefs made from simple construction materials.
“This project was a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with our friends in the PAF and help preserve the Philippine environment for future generations,” said Major Zach Hart, a participating diver.—AAC
Environment group, EcoWaste Coalition warns the public against the choking and chemical hazard posed by some toys sold in thrift stores or ukay-ukay.
Based on the examination of the group, some ukay-ukay products are laden with chemicals that are dangerous to human health, especially to a child.
“For example, the yellow, orange, green and bars of a used toy xylophone had lead content exceeding the maximum 90 ppm limit for lead in paint,” according to Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition.
“Further examination of the samples revealed that as many as 78 items contain small parts that may be separated from the toy. A child may put the detached toy component in the mouth and choke, so a cautionary warning is definitely necessary,” he adds.
Aside from lead, the group also found other harmful chemicals including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) which can interfere with the endocrine or hormone system.
Dizon is also calling the attention of authorities to conduct investigation on the sale of used toys and other children’s products in ukay-ukay stores.
“Yes, recycling is fun, but we do not want recycled toys from abroad to contaminate our children’s bodies and harm their well-being and future,” he concluded.—AAC
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