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After Boracay, DENR eyes rehabilitating Manila Bay

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu hopes Filipinos will be able to safely swim in Manila Bay someday

POLLUTED BEACH. Residents swim in the garbage-infested shores of Manila Bay. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DENR, DILG, DOT chiefs to map out El Nido rehabilitation plan

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will be in El Nido town on November 28 to meet with local officials

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

South Korea to take back trash 'as soon as possible'

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:40 AM

South Korea commits to take back the waste dumped in Misamis Oriental and vows to prevent similar incidents from happening again

Pro-environment group wants case filed vs South Korean garbage importer

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Cagayan De Oro-based Pinoy Aksyon asks BOC and DENR to file charges against Verde Soko which imported 5,100 tons of trash from South Korea

OPPA, TAKE BACK YOUR TRASH: Environmental advocates urge the Philippine government to file a diplomatic protest to the government of South Korea, and to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment to prohibit waste importation in the country.

Rehabilitation set for 'overcrowded' El Nido, Palawan

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

But unlike Boracay, El Nido will not be closed to tourists. The government will only shut down establishments with violations.

Garbage from Korea more manageable than Canada case – DENR

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says there is 'no need to worry' and he will see to it that the garbage is shipped back to South Korea

DENR targets full El Nido cleanup by end-2018

Nov 13, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Environment officials say erring business owners have been given enough time to comply with environmental rules and regulations

EL NIDO COASTLINE. A view of the El Nido coastline years before the DENR clean-up. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

Duterte to Palawan hotels, resorts: 'Follow rules' to avoid another Boracay

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'I'm putting on notice everybody,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech at a festival in Puerto Princesa City

UNDERGROUND RIVER. The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, June 21, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Mike Gonzalez.

Tension eases in Boracay: Singaporean businessman apologizes to DENR official

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'There are some who make friends and quarrel later, but we quarreled and became friends,' says businessman Peter Tay after patching things up with DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda

NEW FRIENDS? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay apologizes to DENR Usec Benny Antiporda. Photo from Tay's Facebook page

Boracay tension: Singaporean businessman 'assaulted' by DENR undersecretary?

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says Boracay businessman Peter Tay 'humiliated' himself, but admits to shoving Tay when tensions rose

PUBLIC HUMILIATION? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay says DENR Undersecretary publicly humiliated him in a meeting on Boracay businesses. Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Antipoda's and Tay's photos from their Facebook pages

DENR fines 209 Boracay establishments

Oct 29, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says 209 establishments in Boracay need to pay a total of P43 million if they wish to operate again

WATCH: Balabag Wetland Park to be new Boracay attraction

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Wetland No. 4, located at Central Boracay, will be dubbed as 'Balabag Wetland Park' once its completed

PARK. Balabag Wetland Park is set to be completed within a year. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Apayao environment officer dies in motorcycle crash

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Dr Candido Javier Tuscano was hit by another motorcycle rider in Luna town

APAYAO ENVIRONMENT OFFICER. Dr Candido Tuscano addresses the Apayao provincial police in April 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Apayao Ppo

DENR says Boracay Henann resorts 'faked' compliance certificates

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Henann Group of Resorts denies the claim and says they did not authorize anyone to submit fake or unofficial documents

CLOSED. Henann group of resorts in Boracay is not accepting reservations, pending the approval of their permits. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Cimatu lifts ECC suspension for compliant Boracay businesses

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This means that the businesses can now seek permits to operate from the interior and tourism departments

CLOSED. In this file photo, Boracay businesses were closed during the shutdown of the island. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Cimatu lifts 90% of quarrying ban in 8 regions

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has given the green light for quarrying operations to resume in most areas

Naga, Cebu landslide death toll jumps to 56

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The September 20 landslide, which was triggered by days of heavy rain, also injures at least 10 people

IN MEMORY. Residents visit the wake of those who died in the huge landslide in Naga City, Cebu. File photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

DENR suspends quarry operations in 8 regions after Naga, Cebu, landslide

Sep 21, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says quarry operations in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Caraga regions will be under review

BORACAY ISLAND. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu speaks in a press briefing on the closure of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

DENR: Itogon landslide not caused by mining

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says tracking accountability over the incident was 'very unique,' as land that fell on the mining site was from private land

Cimatu orders 'minahang bayan' review after Itogon tragedy

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to review all minahang bayan applications after the tragic landslide in Itogon, Benguet

They outnumber tourists! Over 15,000 workers to be booted out of Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says workers should live in mainland Aklan to decongest the world-famous island Boracay

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

DENR seizes P300,000 worth of threatened plant species in Quezon

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The environment department confiscates 34 sacks of the threatened Philippine bantigue

DENR to Boracay businesses: Stop dealing with fixers, impostors

Aug 24, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Environment officials urge business owners or authorized representatives to personally process their certifications, business permits, and clearances at the one-stop shop in Boracay

BORACAY BUSINESSES. Boracay Island has temporarily closed down last April 26 to give way for its rehabilitation. Government plans to reopen it in October. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No more parties on the beach when Boracay reopens

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM

A dry run is also scheduled from October 15 to 25, with local tourists from Aklan to be prioritized

SOFT OPENING. Local tourists will be the first to get a sneak peek of a cleaner Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


DENR suspends Rizal quarrying after call from Bong Go

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Quarrying is temporarily halted after President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide relays a complaint from a Marikina City resident. But it has yet to be determined whether or not quarrying led to flooding.

Residents of Brgy., Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal clean up houses full of mud brought by flood water on Sunday, August, 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DENR, Malay execs to align Boracay sewage treatment plant guidelines

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Lawyer Richard Fabila, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Boracay, says they will try to align Memorandum Circular No. 2018-006 of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu with local laws

DENR suspends compliance certificates of Boracay businesses

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the businesses would have to stop operations while their environmental compliance certificates are reviewed

ESTABLISHMENTS. DENR issues a memorandum cancelling all environmental compliance certificates in Boracay. File photo by Adrian Portugal

Boracay rehab challenges: Treating sewage, relocating illegal settlers

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says Boracay is still on target for an October 26 re-opening

BORACAY REHAB. Left photo by DENROfficial SCIS. Center photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Right photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay no longer a cesspool – Cimatu

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the island can be reopened by October 26, as planned

Ombudsman suspends DENR exec over Canada trash

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman also says it found probable cause to file graft charges against Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna for 'gross inexcusable negligence' over the controversial shipment

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Anti-mining advocates push for 'rights of nature' law

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Anti-mining advocates and environmental groups join the Salakyag ng mga Sangnilikha, which aims to empower communities to talk about environmental issues

Stop Killing The Environment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR employee shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects in Antipolo

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Police say two unidentified suspects fled the scene of the crime aboard a pink Yamaha Mio with no plate number

For residents, uncertainty looms over Boracay relocation plan

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Some residents protest the rumored plan to relocate them outside the top tourist island

FORESTLAND. The Cayetano family lives in a make-shift compound in a government-proclaimed forestland. Rappler photo

DENR looking into arson angle in Binondo fire

May 30, 2018 - 6:27 PM

'While we hope that this is not the case, arson is a serious crime and the Land Management Bureau fire significantly impacts Filipinos who place premium value on land,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

NHA admits design 'failure' in Zamboanga City housing project

May 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento slams the National Housing Authority for 'palpak' projects nationwide

NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Land titles, P100 million worth of equipment gone in Binondo fire – DENR

May 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says up to 80% of important documents had been digitized before fire hit the Land Management Bureau central office

Boracay may open in less than 6 months – DENR chief

May 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

This comes after the government discovered 16 establishments that had installed their own pipes, which flush wastes directly under the beachfront

EXCAVATED. Trainees from the 3rd Infrantry Division of the Philippine Army excavate illegal sewerage pipes in Boracay Island on May 25, 2018. Photo from DENR

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DENR wants El Nido's groundwater tested

May 25, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'We will call the attention of the DOH to have El Nido's groundwater tested,' says Natividad Bernardino, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mimaropa

DENR backtracks on special permits for protected areas

May 24, 2018 - 9:07 AM

DENR Mimaropa Regional Director Natividad Bernardino says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu 'has ordered to put on hold the memorandum he signed concerning the SAPA suspension lifting'

DENR orders demolition of easement-violating establishments in El Nido

May 23, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Demolition orders are said to be issued 'within the week,' says DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino

SELF-DEMOLITION. Only 3 out of 32 establishments along the coastline of El Nido have fully complied with the demolition order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Viral posts on mountain flattened in Boracay false – DENR

May 16, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the flattening was done before Boracay's closure

LEVELED. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources released photos showing that leveling and other related activities have been stopped since Boracay's closure. Photo by DENR

Fish kill hits towns in Bulacan, Negros Occidental

May 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The fish kill claimed P17 million worth of milkfish in Bulacan, spanning an area of at least 150 hectares

Greenpeace to DENR: Opening protected areas to businesses leads to exploitation

May 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'We would like to remind the Philippine government that our environment is not for sale,' says Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner, warns against lifting the suspension of the issuance of pecial use agreement for protected areas. Photo from the Facebook page of Oceana Philippines

WATCH: The place where a casino will rise in Boracay

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Malay, Aklan, is where a Boracay casino will likely be built, should talks on it push through

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

WATCH: Some residents say yes to building casino in Boracay

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Will a casino be built in Boracay Island?

At least 579 structures in Boracay face demolition

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says demolition orders were signed by Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, after the mayor was accused of 'stalling' the rehabilitation of Boracay

DEMOLITION. Government has started demolitions even before President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay: From pristine island to fragile paradise

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Despite counting itself among the best islands of the world, Boracay has struggled to keep up with its fame. A look at its history shows warning signs at least a decade-old.