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Cellphone repair technicians are exposed to health hazards due to lead solder wires – EcoWaste Coalition

AN ENVIRONMENT and public health watchdog called on the Philippine government inculcate health consciousness among cellular phone repair technicians after noting their use of lead as a soldering material. In a recent statement, the EcoWaste Coalition pressed the Department of Labor and Employment through the Occupational Safety and Health Center to conduct training programs in collaboration with shopping mall management […]

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DILG pinaghahanda ang mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa papalapit na Super Typhoon

DILG pinaghahanda ang mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa papalapit na Super Typhoon

Ni Santiago Celario INATASAN nitong Martes ni Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año ang lahat ng mga lokal na pinuno sa mga lugar na direktang maapektuhan ng papalapit na bagyo na maghanda na upang hanggat maari ay magkaroon ng “zero casualty.” “Dapat lagi tayong handa. Dito ay dapat na ipakita ninyo ang inyong liderato,” hamon ni Año sa mga […]

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Environmental activists display placards during a demonstration in front of the United Nations building, where experts from across the planet locked in key talks aimed at breathing life into the Paris Agreement on climate change, in Bangkok on September 8, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

US accused of ‘poisoning’ UN climate talks amid global protests

By Press TV The United States has been “poisoning” UN-sponsored climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand, while environmental activists stage protests across the globe. The 6-day talks between world nations aims to determine how to finance the fight against global warming. The issue of how funds are made available to developing nations has emerged as a key sticking point at the talks, which have made little headway […]

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End to Fossil Fuels: ‘Rise for Climate’ Rally Starts in Paris

By Sputnik News THE Paris demonstration is one of the rallies taking place around the world with the aim to draw the public’s attention to climate change and new energy sources. The protesters claim that they are for actionable commitments to a fast and fair transition to a fossil-free world, as well as for providing renewable energy to end the era of environmental pollutants. The rally, which demands […]

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An open letter to the Filipino nation

An open letter to the Filipino nation

Rise for climate, justice and integrity of creation march  Official statement: 8th of  September, 2018 QUEZON CITY – We, Filipinos committed to the tenets of climate justice, the preservation of the integrity of creation, and the protection of the inalienable human right to a healthful and balanced ecology and civil and political liberties, call on leaders of the public and […]

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City employees and residents participating in the program. Photo by the QC PAISO

QC Environment Protection Department launches Waste Market program

THE Quezon City Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department recently launched a new recycling campaign to combat the use of single-use plastics at the city hall compound. Dubbed as Waste Market Program, the campaign is part of EPWMD’s thrust in promoting proper solid waste management in Quezon City. Under the program, city hall employees and nearby residents can trade a […]

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DENR suportado ang pagbabawal ng paggamit ng plastic sa Boracay

DENR suportado ang pagbabawal ng paggamit ng plastic sa Boracay

Ni Santiago Celario PARA maprotektahan ang kalikasan, nagpahayag nitong araw ng Linggo ng suporta ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa ang ginawang pagbabawal ng lokal na pamahalaan sa paggamit ng disposable na plastic sa isla ng Boracay. Ayon sa isang pahayag, suportado ng DENR ang inisyatiba ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Malay sa lalawigan ng Aklan na ipasa […]

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Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat. Image by The Philippine Star

Boracay is a No Smoking zone

ENVIRONMENTALISTS and health advocates have lauded Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat for banning smoking in public places. Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) Philippines, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP) and the Ecowaste Coalition, in a statement, said Romulo-Puyat took a bold step in protecting the island of Boracay. “We laud Sec. Puyat for her recent pronouncement […]

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Pacific Paint (Boysen) Vice President Johnson Ongking

Paint industry mogul cited cooperation with gov’t and environmentalists that led to the phase-out of lead contaminated paints in PH

THE unique collaboration between the government, industry and civil society players was a crucial element in the historic phase-out of lead-containing paints in the Philippines. This according to Johnson Ongking, Vice-President of Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc. and erstwhile President of the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM), as he hailed the multi-stakeholder collaboration for enabling the phase-out of lead […]

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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu. Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

DENR nanawagan sa publiko na maging mapagmatyag sa panahon ng malakas na pag ulan

Ni Santiago Celario NANAWAGAN SI Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu sa mga residente na nanirahan sa mga geohazard-prone areas na maging mapagbantay at mag-ingat laban sa posibleng landslides at flash floods sa panahon ng malakas na ulan upang maiwasan ang sakuna. “Residents and communities near mountains and within low-lying areas should be proactive by taking appropriate […]

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Mahigit sa 36 na milyong tao sa Southeast Asia namumuhay na mas mahirap sa mahirap

Ni Santiago Celario TINATAYANG aabot sa 36 milyong tao mula sa Southeast Asia ang namumuhay sa ilalim ng tinatawag na poverty line, at 90% mula sa bilang na ito ay galing Pilipinas at Indonesia. Ito ang nabatid sa mula isang ulat ng United Nations na pinamagatang “The 2017 ASEAN-China-UNDP Report on Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sa ASEAN” na […]

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Virus wanted to kill beetles in Saipan

Virus wanted to kill beetles in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio UNIVERSITY of Guam scientists are exploring the possibility of introducing virus to coconut rhinoceros beetle population to control its growth on Rota, Guam, Hawaii and other Pacific islands. In an interview with UOG entomologist Ross Miller during the 35th Agricultural Fair held at the Civic Center in Susupe early this month, he said the UOG sent […]

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Environmentalist calls for an end flood causing quarrying in Rizal province

ENVIRONMENTALIST groups have expressed their approval of the government’s plan to stop the quarrying operations in Rizal province following the flooding that ravaged Marikina City. This was learned shortly after Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the suspension of quarrying activities in Rodriguez and San Mateo towns after Ondoy-like floods hit these disaster-prone municipalities and […]

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QC Mayor Bautista urges DPWH to set flood control projects’ deadline

QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista called on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to set a timetable for the completion of flood control projects in Metro Manila after noting that there seems no end to Metro Manila’s flood control projects. “Ang dami nang investment ng mga LGU sa flood control. Kailan ba matatapos ang flood control project ng […]

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Environmentalists seek the immediate closure of the open dump in Mapandan, Pangasinan

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environmentalist and public health watchdog, recently asked the government to close the illegal municipal dumpsite in Mapandan, Pangasinan following mounting concerns by local residents. Reacting to the environmental and health concerns raised by residents of Barangay Primicias in Mapandan town, the EcoWaste Coalition, early this month, asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and […]

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Davao City Retailers Defy Ban on the Sale of Mercury-Tainted Skin Whitening Cosmetics. Image © EcoWaste Coalition

Civil society groups urged health and police authorities to crackdown on the illegal trade and sale of hazardous cosmetic products

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK A PUBLIC health watchdog and a pro-consumer group urged health and police authorities to intensify drive against health hazard cosmetics. This after EcoWaste Coalition and Laban Konsyumer Inc., a consumer protection group, noted the proliferation of dangerous cosmetics in the market. Just recently, EcoWaste Coalition found out that lipsticks contaminated with dangerous levels of arsenic, […]

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Tropical storm Karding (Yagi) showcases the incredible imagery and resilience of talented Filipino photographers, videographers and citizens journos

By Daniella Flanagan MANY areas in the Philippines experienced flash flooding due to a south-west Monsoon or Hanging Habagat. exacerbated by Tropical Storm Karding (Yagi). Karding, the 11th storm to hit the country this year, brought flooding, heavy rains and fierce wind to Metro Manila. Southern and Central Luzon. Heavy rain poured on Saturday, flooding several areas in Metro Manila […]

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EcoWaste Coalition President Eileen sison in one of her talks. Image © EcoWaste Coalition.

EcoWaste Coalition urges DOH and DENR to investigate alleged bio hazard dumping in Benguet

AN environment and public health watchdog urged Health Secretary Francisco Duque and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu to investigate the reported bio hazard dumping in Tuba, Benguet. In letters sent to Duque and Cimatu through the DOH and DENR offices in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the EcoWaste Coalition called the incident a deplorable scandal. “We request your […]

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Gems of Latin American Cinema set to be shown next month at the Spanish cultural center

Gems of Latin American Cinema set to be shown next month at the Spanish cultural center

By Seymour Barros Sanchez INSTITUTO Cervantes will feature “Four Gems of Latin American Cinema,” a series of critically acclaimed and award-winning films directed by Latin American filmmakers, every Saturday during the month of August at the new Intramuros branch of the Spanish cultural center. The film cycle, which serves as an invitation to appreciate Latin American cinematography, will kick off […]

President Duterte should emphasize ecological solutions to the waste and pollution problem — EcoWaste Coalition

President Duterte should emphasize ecological solutions to the waste and pollution problem — EcoWaste Coalition

LEADING environmentalist from the EcoWaste Coalition asked President Rodrigo Duterte to emphasize ecological solutions to the waste and pollution problems afflicting the country during his third State of the Nation Address tomorrow. “We hope the President will use the SONA to rally the whole nation in embracing proven waste prevention and reduction strategies, including waste segregation at source, reusing, recycling […]

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Environmentalists seek a ban on plastic drinking straws and coffee stirrers

AN ENVIRONMENT and public health watchdog threw its support behind the move of Senator Risa Hontiveros seeking the ban of plastic drinking straws and coffee stirrers. “We support Senate Bill 1866 as its enactment will help in eliminating unnecessary plastic products that only add to the garbage plaguing our communities and the world’s oceans,” said EcoWaste Coalition Zero Waste Campaigner […]

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Mananatiling bawal ang ‘open pit mining’ – DENR

Ni Santiago Celario MANININDIGAN ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources na mananatiling bawal ang “open pit mining” dahil nakasisira ito sa kalikasan. Ito ang napagalaman ng mga mamamahayag mula kay DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu sa isang panayam nitong Miyerkoles, habang ginaganap ang ika-31 taon na paggunita ng kagawaran sa pagkatatag nito. Idiniin niya na walang pinayagan ang DENR na […]

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DENR exec to face graft charge for Canadian trash mess

THE Office of the Ombudsman today it will prosecute a Department of Environment and Natural Resources official for the screw up leading to the abandonment of Canadian trash in the country. Specifically, DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be prosecuted for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and […]

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Organizers of the M40 or March for the Oceans Genzo Gonzales and Kaya Rasa, kneeling in front, join the community members who participated in the event.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Saipanese joined the International March for the Ocean

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAIPAN joined the historic day for the seas early this month as its folks from all ages joined the International March for the Ocean. About 80 individuals – all wearing blue shirts – joined the June 9, march started at 7 a.m. at Guma Sakman in Susupe and ended at Atkins Kroll intersection an hour or […]

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PAGASA nagbabala ng flash flood at landslides dahil sa hanging Habagat

PAGASA nagbabala ng flash flood at landslides dahil sa hanging Habagat

Ni Santiago Celario NAGBABALA ang Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration sa publiko na maaring magkaroon ng mga flash floods at landslides sa mababang lugar ng Pangasinan, Zambales at Bataan kapag nagpatuloy pa ang malalakas na buhos ng ulan bunsod ng hanging Habagat. Ayon sa isang kalatas ng PAGASA nitong Sabado, dahil sa patuloy na pagragasa ng hanging Habagat […]

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