DAVAO CITY, Southern Philippines –Desperation has gripped the hundreds of thousands of people left homeless and with neither food nor water by Typhoon Pablo (Bopha). So much so that a local journalist, Nathaniel Quiñones, thought it prudent to pen a warning to colleagues planning a coverage in one of the more hard-hit areas, Baganga and …Read More
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A group wants the regional chief of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) here relieved over the issuance of permits to allegedly questionable quarry operations. The group Sulog is suspicious of how the EMB 10 office was supposedly ransacked and how computers containing digital records of the permits were destroyed a …Read More
A landslide in the gold-rich area between this city and Tarragona, in Davao Oriental, has trapped a yet-to-be-determined number of miners and renewed concerns on safety and risk management in small-scale mining operations.
Ranking officials were sacked in several Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) offices in Mindanao earlier this month, days after the interior secretary called out one particular officer and announced the issuance of show cause orders to five mayors over illegal logging.
Talk of diggers striking gold has sent a horde of small-scale miners up the border between Mati City, Manay and Tarragona in the span of a few weeks, ignoring a Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) ban and worrying a local executive.
A low pressure area accompanying the first typhoon to hit the country this year poured at least 50 millimetres of rain in five hours on June 4, raising both water levels and fear in a city ravaged by a fatal flash flood only last December.
While the privatization of the Agus and Pulangi power plants can be put on hold due to local opposition, power rates in Mindanao will increase as a matter of course, with President Simeon Aquino III shrugging it off as “the reality of economics”.
Environmental groups here support the business sector’s call for the government to first try improving the power production in the island’s hydro-electric power facilities before going for more expensive power from diesel or coal-fired plants.