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Boracay rehabilitation goes full throttle

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Houses and establishments occupying the forestlands of Boracay Island are given 15 days to reply to DENR's show cause orders

AFTER INSPECTION. Boracay West Cove volunteers to demolish its view deck on top of a limestone formation after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu inspected the resort. Photo by Rodnel Aguirre/Rappler

El Nido crackdown on erring establishments begins

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Nieves Rosento says the degrading water quality in the town’s public beach remains a problem

VIOLATION. Environmental authorities vow to remove illegal structures built on shoreline easement zone in El Nido. Photo by Keith S. Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Panglao island next in DENR 'crackdown on environmental violators'

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A regional investigating team is tasked to find out the establishments in Panglao Bay that are violating the Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste Management Act

UP NEXT. The environment department says Bohol's Panglao island is next in its crackdown of beach resorts and establishments that are violating environmental laws.

Cimatu deploys 'mission team' to rehabilitate Boracay

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will be using all our government and the DENR assets and personnel to do this job,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who only has 6 months to address the environmental problems in Boracay

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu forms a 50-person 'mission team' to address the environmental problems in Boracay island

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

Valentine message to Cimatu: Declare Benham Bank a 'no-take' zone

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Making the declaration will legally protect Benham Bank, the shallowest part of Philippine Rise, from 'human activity,' environmental groups tell Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

PROTECT BENHAM BANK. Environmentalists deliver their love letter to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on February 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gregg Yan/Oceana

Duterte asked to stop illegal logging in vital Ipo Watershed

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:50 PM

A group asks President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the lack of protection for the Ipo Watershed, despite the payment by Metro Manila residents of environmental fees in their water bills

Duterte warns he'll file complaint vs Boracay local gov't officials

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine President says he may file charges of 'serious neglect of duty' against officials in Boracay Island which he threatens to close 'permanently'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Manila Times 7th Business Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on February 9, 2018, expresses his sentiments over the reported abuse of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. Malacañang Photo

Duterte 'approves in principle' EO addressing Boracay problems – Cimatu

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'I was given by the President the marching order to do something about the environmental problems in Boracay and make a report after 6 months,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu proposes a 'national body' to help address the problems in Boracay

DENR, MICC mining reviews to be ‘harmonized,’ says Cimatu

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu expects to complete the review of closed and suspended mining operations by March

DENR director gets jail time for not declaring wife in SALN

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Because he does not declare his wife, DENR Director Jacob Miemban Jr also excludes her financial and business interests in his SALN

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

DENR prepares charges vs hikers responsible for Mount Pulag fire

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'The DENR recognizes the impact the fire had on the national park and we will pursue all legal avenues to bring those responsible to account,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

CA denies plea of residents of Zambales to ban mining operations

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'A perusal of the motion for reconsideration reveals no new and meritorious arguments and yields mere rehashed arguments,' the appellate court says in its latest ruling

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academic due to the closure order earlier issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

2 DENR officials in Zamboanga Peninsula relieved

Jan 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will not hesitate to file charges against any DENR personnel found conniving with those who violate their Integrated Forest Management Agreements

Cimatu orders review of forest management licenses in PH

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Fifty-one of the companies with Integrated Forest Management Agreements are in Mindanao, while 40 are in Luzon and 13 are in the Visayas

LOGGING IN MINDANAO. President Duterte is shown a video of a deforested area in a Zamboanga mountain range. Photo from Manny Piñol Facebook

LOOK: Protesters camped outside DENR light up a Christmas tree

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The tree symbolizes the hope of residents of Sta Cruz, Zambales, and Manicani, Eastern Samar, that open-pit mining activities in those areas will soon end

As the season of Christmas is fast-approaching, communities from Manicani and Zambales and Kampo light a Christmas Tree that will symbolize the hope of the residents of the said communities to be free from suffering caused by mining activities at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City Dec 4, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DENR chief favors mining excise tax hike

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'Absolutely yes, kailangan,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu about a proposal to increase excise tax on mining products

DENR officer, doctor caught in Davao City pot session

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The suspects are Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel, a DENR official in Bicol who is visiting Davao, and Dr Stephen So Tay, a high-value target of PDEA in the region

BUSTED. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI officer in charge Iav Naravy Duquiatan shows photographs of October 17's buy-bust operation in Davao City, where a Davao-based physician and a visiting DENR official from Bicol were caught in a pot session. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Baguio garbage woes threaten 'Forevermore' mountain

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

If Baguio Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan is pushed into a corner over the city’s garbage problem, a government property in Mt. Sto. Tomas may soon become the highest garbage landfill in the country

DENR suspends garbage facility leaking waste into Manila Bay

Oct 08, 2017 - 12:48 PM

This comes after the firm's garbage transfer facility in Tondo was found to be leaking solid wastes into Manila Bay

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Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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DENR expects to finish review on suspensions, closures of mines by year-end

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says 14 mining operations filed a motion for reconsideration, while 13 appealed before the Office of the President

CA confirms Roy Cimatu as environment secretary

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:19 PM

(UPDATED) The CA approves Cimatu's appointment just 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to replace Gina Lopez, who was rejected by the powerful body in May

CONFIRMED. The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, October 4, confirms the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Cimatu investigates dumping of solid waste into Manila Bay

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has already summoned PHILECO officials to a technical conference on October 3

DENR eyes to train forest officers on security protocol, gun handling

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:01 AM

This follows two shooting incidents targeting forest protection officers in Palawan

ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot from Rappler

Cimatu honors slain anti-logging official in El Nido

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:02 AM

The slain official was chair of the El Nido Law Enforcement Council and member of the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area Management Board

HONOR. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino present the "Bayani ng Kalikasan" award to the family of slain village chief Ruben Arzaga. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

Ex-AFP vice chief Rodolfo Garcia appointed DENR usec

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Retired military general Rodolfo Garcia joins his PMA classmate Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu at the DENR

IN PHOTOS: Indigenous groups protest outside mining conference

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Around 300 protesters troop to the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to demand an end to destructive mining practices

Groups of Indigenous People with environment activists hold a lightning rally against the on-going Mining Philippines 2017 Conference of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines at the Sofitel in Pasay City on September 6, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte backs open-pit mining ban but wants 'elbow room' for miners

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The President instructs DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu to still consider the eventual closure of open pit mining operations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 18th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

Atienza to DENR: Laguna Lake still cluttered with fish pens

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza urges the Laguna Lake Development Authority to conduct an honest to goodness dismantling of illegal fish pens

FOR DISMANTLING. Fish pens at the Laguna Lake, January 25, 2017. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

'Unified decision' needed on Payatas landfill – DENR exec

Aug 08, 2017 - 4:45 PM

If you consider the environmental aspects we can say na puwedeng i close pero iba naman yung consideration ng MMDA iba rin naman yung consideration ng Quezon City says Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones

ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños

DENR still reviewing suspensions, closures of mines

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:57 PM

I m afraid that we cannot release it today In due time we will announce it Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says of their ongoing review

MINING. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department will release the results of their review on mining closures and suspensions 'in due time.' Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Tagbanua to Nickelodeon: 'We don't need an underwater theme park in Coron'

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Coron Island is a natural paradise It doesn’t need to be developed into a man made paradise says Armil Pe Abella a Tagbanua

PRISTINE LAKE. Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan, one of the most spectacular lakes in the world. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A day after Duterte s SONA Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department is one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners

FIRST DAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on May 10, 2017 recalls how he found out his appointment to the DENR. Screenshot by Rappler

SC is new battleground for coal fight in the Philippines

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The fight against coal fossil energy in the Philippines has mostly been staged in localized battlefronts including the island province of Palawan

Duterte wants miners to pay for damage to farms, fishponds

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the mining impasse is one problem he needs to solve after the Marawi crisis is over

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 64th Araw ng Hagonoy celebration at the Municipal Complex in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur on July 5, 2017, expresses his grief over how Filipinos have been dying in the war in Marawi City. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cimatu suspends Gina Lopez's order on ECCs

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says this move is consistent with the President s directive to fast track the issuance of government permits and licenses

TURNOVER. Gina Lopez turns over the DENR flag to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Screenshot by Rappler

Environment groups file case vs DENR, DOE over coal plants proliferation

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The petitioners asks the Supreme Court to compel the two government agencies to do what laws require of them in regulating coal fired power plants

FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Several individuals and environmental groups bring their anti-coal struggle to the Supreme Court. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

Jun 30, 2017 - 5:21 PM

President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary

LOOK: Advocates form 'human leaf' to mark environment month

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:04 PM

371 participants from government agencies and non government groups help form the human leaf

HUMAN FORMATION. Advocates formed a human-chain shaped as a leaf using green umbrellas in University of the Philippines Diliman.

CA junks environment protection plea vs Zambales mining firms

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Court of Appeals says a closure order issued by the environment department against the mining firms makes the petition moot and academic

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academics due to the closure order earlier issued by the DENR.

Widespread mercury poisoning recorded in 2 Palawan villages

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the creation of a task force that will tackle the poisoning

MERCURY POISONING. Some residents in two villages in Palawan test positive for mercury poisoning. The villages are near a former open mercury mining pit.

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DENR chief vows inquiry into Nickelodeon theme park in Coron

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the inquiry on the proposed plan is to ensure at the outset that we continue to conserve and protect this last bastion of coastal biodiversity in Palawan

Palawan file photo by Rhea Claire Madarang