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El Nido rehab to focus on water quality, coastal easement, carrying capacity

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte's environment, tourism, and interior secretaries assure the residents of this Palawan town there will be ‘no closure but only rehab’

NO CLOSURE. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the tourism town of El Nido will be rehabilitated in 6 months. Photo courtsey of Department of Tourism

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

Boracay task force warns tourists vs unregistered operators

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The task force issues the advisory as it announces that towable water sports like parasailing and banana boat rides will be allowed starting November 7

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

DENR to local government: Be tough on trash violators for Undas

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) ‘LGUs should not hesitate penalizing litterbugs by imposing fines or making them render community service,’ says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

UNDAS. People flock the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City to visit the grave of their departed loved ones in observance of the All Soul's and All Saints' Day on November 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DENR suspends operations vs small-scale mining in Itogon

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will meet with small-scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, to discuss their future

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends operations in Itogon, Benguet. Photo of Roy Cimatu from Senate PRIB, Itogon background by Rambo Talabong/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

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

Cimatu orders stop to Cordillera small-scale mining after Ompong landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan appeals to the Environment Secretary not to stop all the operations and to consult local governments and mining stakeholders first

CASUALTY. Rescuers retrieved a body buried by landslides inside a mining bunkhouse in Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

One-stop shop for Boracay businesses gets 2-week extension

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The one-stop shop will now be open until September 7 instead of the initial August 25 deadline

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/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


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

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May 28, 2018 - 12:27 PM

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No construction of buildings in Boracay during rehab

May 17, 2018 - 8:50 AM

For 6 months, the Boracay inter-agency task force will strictly enforce the moratorium of construction of new tourism facilities and business enterprises, as well as the expansion of amenities and establishments.

BORACAY. This file photo shows one of the shops in Boracay Island. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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?

Less than a week to go: Boracay braces for 6-month closure

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 6-month closure of Boracay 'is a good wake-up call' for Filipinos, stresses Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Earth Day

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Apr 06, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Cimatu says no to building casino in Boracay

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation has revealed plans to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino in Boracay, but environment officials say they have not yet received any application for permits

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

Malacañang urges Filipinos to go lights out for Earth Hour 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'For one hour this evening, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, let us all switch off our lights in our homes or in our workplaces to symbolize our commitment to saving Mother Earth,' says Malacañang

EARTH HOUR. The children of Legazpi City join the 2017 celebration of Earth Hour. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DENR orders 49 Siargao businesses to address environmental violations

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'If we want to sustain [Siargao's] viability as an international surfing capital, we must show that we are all helping to protect and conserve its environment,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Aklan provincial board asks Duterte to reconsider Boracay closure

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:14 AM

'Ongoing efforts to restore the island can still be done, and continue to be done, while Boracay Island remains open for economic and tourism activities,' says a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan

NO TO CLOSURE. The provincial board of Aklan urges President Rodrigo Duterte to reject calls for the closure of Boracay. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

Villanueva urges DENR to declare Boracay as 'critical' area

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A business establishment in an environmentally-critical area is required to apply for an environmental compliance certificate before operating

HIGH-TIME. Senator Joel Villanueva says that the DENR should consider declaring Boracay Island an "environmentally-critical area." File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

DENR's Roy Cimatu: 'We can save Boracay'

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:46 PM

'We will do our very best for the next 6 months to accomplish the mission. I know that we will and we can do it. Kaya natin to save Boracay (We can save Boracay),' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu stresses.

ROY CIMATU. Photo of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu. Photo by DENR

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

Cimatu blasts mine tunnels that intrude into PMA reservation

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:50 PM

These mining tunnels have intruded into the Philippine Military Academy reservation and caused some areas to collapse within the military academy, says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BLASTED. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu leads a team in closing illegal mines in Benguet on February 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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

DENR gives erring Boracay establishments 2 months to 'shape up'

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he has already issued a directive that no new environmental compliance certificate will be issued in Boracay to prevent the construction of new buildings in the island

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: 'I will close Boracay'

Feb 10, 2018 - 10:27 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has given Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu 6 months to address the environmental woes of Boracay, which he describes as a 'cesspool'

PEAK SEASON. Boracay is gearing up for the summer when a lot of tourists are expected to come flood the island. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

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

Mount Pulag's Akiki trail temporarily closed for at least 6 months – DENR

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:39 PM

'Authorities have decided to close the Akiki trail for 6 months or more to facilitate the regeneration process,' says the environment department

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

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

Don't turn cemeteries into dumpsites, Cimatu tells Filipinos

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu gives tips on how to observe a garbage-free Undas

Cimatu file photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

PH urges nations to conserve intertidal wetlands for migratory species

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:32 PM

'If we want to protect our migratory species, it is important that we look at their habitats as well,' an environment official says as the Philippines hosts an international wildlife conference in Manila

DRAFT RESOLUTION. The Philippines has proposed the promotion of the conservation of critical intertidal and other coastal habitats for migratory species during COP12. File photo from the CMS-COP12 website

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 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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Cimatu wants ‘national body’ to address problems in Boracay

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the best option for Boracay at this time is to take it away from the control of the local government

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

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