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Environmental group urges gov't not to renew OceanaGold's contract

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Kalikasan PNE national coordinator Leon Dulce says the government's decision on Oceanagold for contract renewal will serve as an 'acid test' of its stance on mining

Aerial view of Oceanagold mine’s open pit. Screen grab from Google Maps

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 'neglect' of West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) The oral arguments have been moved to July 2

ORAL ARGUMENTS. The Supreme Court will hold on June 25 oral arguments on the issue of alleged government neglect in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to gov't: Explain red-tagging, West PH Sea neglect

May 05, 2019 - 3:20 PM

In the case of the writ of amparo for human rights lawyers, it's President Rodrigo Duterte himself who must submit a response to the Supreme Court

RETURN OF WRITS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his government must submit a return of the writs of amparo and kalikasan issued to human rights lawyers who have sued them for army harrassment and West Philippine Sea neglect.

Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect

May 03, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Writs of amparo and kalikasan are issued on the same day in favor of human rights groups which sued the Duterte administration in two separate petitions

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Manila Bay master plan needs reworking – environment group

Apr 05, 2019 - 5:42 PM

If reclamation projects in the Manila Bay area will push through, Kalikasan PNE estimates that 11 million families will be affected, whether directly or indirectly

Various groups hold a protest to stop the reclamation projects set to be built in different parts of the historic and biodeversity-rich Manila Bay, at Harbour square in Manila on March 27, 2019. International Ocean Conservation Group, Oceana to Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, militant fisherfolk group, PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas, Canoe Kayak dragon boat federation and the members of the Manila Yatch Club bond together for the event. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth Philippines 2018, 'Dyosa ng Kalikasan' segment

May 19, 2018 - 10:44 PM

See the ladies in costume!

Con-Com wants environmental rights in new constitution

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Self-executing environmental rights would be part of the bill of rights of the new federal constitution, says Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno

IBP exploring possibility of filing for writ of kalikasan to protect PH marine territories

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'We saw that instead of moving the ball forward to a goal, the Philippine government somehow froze the ball and now the ball is now being brought towards the opposite direction,' Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says

SEC closure order vs Rappler a move toward dictatorship - activists

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'Closing down Rappler means one less independent media through which environmental advocates can stand up to the oligarchs and corporations that seem to run the Duterte government’s agenda nowadays', a group says

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

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

PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:20 PM

At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016 according to environmental monitor Global Witness

DENR employees hope Cimatu will continue Lopez's advocacies

May 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

As union obligado [kaming] suportahan sino man ang i appoint na secretary [Sana] maipagpatuloy yung nasimulan ni Secretary Lopez

NEW CHIEF. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte administers the oath of office for Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Malacañang photo

Tacloban DENR employees protest lack of Yolanda assistance

May 08, 2017 - 10:22 PM

The employees call for the Duterte administration to immediately release the financial assistance due them as they were affected by typhoon Yolanda

PROTEST. The DENR employees in Tacloban protested on May 8, 2017, as the government has yet to provide financial assistance for them after they were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Appeals court rules in favor of Masbate gold mine

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Petitioners simply failed to substantiate their claims that any environmental damage is directly attributable to Filminera s mining activities

NO WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Open pit mining operation by Filminera Resources Corp. in Aroroy, Masbate. Rappler file photo

Supreme Court junks road sharing petition

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The petition seeks to compel the government to limit cars to half of the roads but the High Court denies it

CAR-CENTRIC. Petitioners walk through Taft Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Manila, to reach the Supreme Court. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

12 environment advocates killed under Duterte

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Citing data from non governmental group Kalikasan which recorded the killings of environmental activists in the first 7 months of the current administration Vice President Leni Robredo seeks to have the deaths investigated

12 DEAD. There have been 12 environmental activists killed in the last 7 months since President Rodrigo Duterte took office. Rappler file photo

QC gov't appeals closure of Payatas landfill

Jan 21, 2017 - 6:41 PM

But an environmentalist group says the the national government has already given too many extensions to the Quezon City government

Meet our country's environmental heroes

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:06 PM

As we celebrate the National Heroes Day here are some of the stories of our environmental heroes those who sacrificed their lives to protect the Philippines environment

What drives Gina Lopez?

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez vows to make things happen now that she s in government What keeps her going?

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, a longtime environment advocate, talks to Rappler about what it's like to be on the other side of the fence. Screenshot from Rappler

Gina Lopez: Investing in natural resources can help ease poverty

Jul 28, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says the Natural Resources Development Corporation can go into joint ventures with communities and help in poverty alleviation

Gov't suspends 2 more mining firms in Palawan

Jul 27, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says more mining operations are likely to be suspended given the number of complaints her department has received

MINING AUDIT. Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. Photo from DENR's official Twitter account

Ahead of SONA 2016, sectors weigh in on Duterte's promises

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Rappler looks back on Duterte s campaign promises about education health and environment What do experts advocates and members of civil society think about them?

Gina Lopez: Philippine Mining Act an 'unfair' law

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:04 PM

We have to change that the environment secretary says of the Mining Act of 1995 She says the law is skewed towards the mining sector and not towards our people

A week after audit, DENR suspends 4 mining firms

Jul 08, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says the ongoing audit of mining operations in the country is not purely technical but has social and environmental dimensions as well

RESPONSIBLE MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about responsible mining on her first day on the job. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Zambales governor issues executive order to suspend mining

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:12 PM

This comes after the Supreme Court issued a writ of kalikasan recently against 5 mining firms operating in Zambales

SUSPENDED. Executive Order No. 1 suspends mining operations in the province of Zambales. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

SC to Zambales mining firms: Prove you're not harming environment

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court finds merit in the petition filed by the residents of Zambales who say mining operations have caused much destruction in their mountains watershed forests farmlands water systems and livelihood

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Green groups: Lopez is 'right choice' for DENR post

Jun 21, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED But environmentalists also urge Gina Lopez to make a strong statement rejecting environmentally destructive projects her own family is pushing for

Writ of Kalikasan filed vs mining firms, Zambales, DENR officials

May 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

CCOS chairman Dr Ben Molino and his co petitioners say the continued mining operations in Sta Cruz Zambales violate RA 7942 otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995 and its implementing rules and regulations

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Pro- or anti-environment: What can we expect from presidential bets

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The environmental network Green Vote 2016 tries to grade the candidates Rappler does its own research to give a full picture of their stand on 6 environmental issues

PASSED OR FAILED? Environmental groups show the report card of each presidential candidate based on their assessment of their stands on various environmental issues. Photo by Carlo Manalansan/Kalikasan PNE

Protect Mother Earth, don't vote for Marcos – environmentalists

Apr 20, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Activists recall the destructive projects of the late President Ferdinand Marcos but vice presidential bet Marcos Jr boasts of the climate change and green building bills he has filed in the Senate

Firefighters battle Mt Apo fire

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED Accounts say the fire started at 1 pm on Black Saturday along the blueberry area near the Mt Apo summit the highest peak in the country and a major tourist spot

FIRE. Fire on the Mt Apo summit is reported on Black Saturday. Its cause is still undetermined. Photo by Philip Dizon

Green groups urge 'zero vote' vs pro-mining bets

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:21 PM

3rd UPDATE They single out presidential bets Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay and senatorial aspirant Martin Romualdez but do not cite the tandem of Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Cayetano

ZERO VOTE. Green groups urge the public not to vote candidates with ties to mining operations in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

#COP21 Mood Meter: Divided

Dec 14, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Although divided many see the Paris climate deal as a challenge to keep pushing for climate action

BETTER WORLD. Reactions to the climate deal are divided, but most agree that the fight for a better world does not end with COP21. Arnaud Bouissou/Rappler file photo

Aquino's COP21 speech: What didn't make the cut?

Dec 04, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Failing to recognize the deep seated problems of climate change means we will fail in the search for genuine solutions

#NowPH: Towards bigger, bolder climate actions

Nov 28, 2015 - 4:03 PM

NowPH gives the youth a starting point towards climate action but the current situation demands bigger measures

APEC: Boon or bane for #COP21?

Nov 17, 2015 - 4:22 PM

What do APEC policies mean for the environment?

Stop Lumad killings, respect ancestral lands – Mindanao bishops

Nov 12, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Several leaders of Catholic and Protestant churches in the Philippines have come out in support of the Lumad

APECO housing project declared illegal by gov't

Nov 03, 2015 - 9:49 AM

The Department of Agrarian Reform issues a cease and desist order preventing APECO management from continuing its housing project in Casiguran Aurora

HOUSING PROJECT. An APECO housing project stands on land that was once rice fields tilled by Casiguran farmers. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Surge of party list nominations expected on last day

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:47 PM

This means each party list group submitting nominations on October 16 must ideally be able to complete in under 5 minutes each of the steps required for filing

Continuous illegal logging threatens protected Palaui Island

Oct 06, 2015 - 6:56 PM

A task force run by the Armed Forces has been monitoring a number of illegal logging activities but has no standby funds to rush to the site to arrest suspects

Protect the Verde Island Passage

Jun 10, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Developments in Batangas are presenting an even worse threat to the lush but fragile ecosystems of the Verde Island Passage

Mt. Lobo, one of the top biodiversity areas in the country, is part of the complex ecosystem that sustains the Verde Island Passage. Photo by Clemente Bautista/Kalikasan PNE

DMCI: Deforestation, Mining, Coal, and Injustice

Jun 05, 2015 - 3:29 PM

DMCI’s persisting business model reflects not only on the inherently destructive nature of extractive industries in the Philippines but also on the toothless and criminally negligent environmental governance in the country

Infographics from Kalikasan People's Network

Subic Summer Sideways 2015: Do you skate, sideways?

Apr 21, 2015 - 1:01 PM

Subic Summer Sideways 2015 offers a fun 10 kilometer longboard push race and the country’s first ever obstacle slide jam held on May 23 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone

TEST OF LEGS AND WILL POWER. Push race from Rockwell Plant to MOA, 2010. Photo by Rommel Lubguban

SC petition filed to shut down Payatas landfill

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:25 PM

A group of concerned residents is seeking a Writ of Kalikasan against government officials for allowing the Payatas sanitary landfill to operate despite violations of environmental laws

LOST IN THE LANDFILL. Most of the garbage generated by Quezon City residents end up in the Payatas landfill. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Palawan youth fight for reefs, forests through stories

Nov 20, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Allowing the youth to become front runners of environmental conservation through story writing is a good way to empower them

SC asked to stop road work dirtying Benguet water supply

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Concerned citizens say the road project approved by a Baguio congressman does not have the required permits for tree cutting and earthmoving which have caused landslides

SC: Up to Aquino to broker Tubbataha compensation with US

Sep 16, 2014 - 7:58 PM

The High Court does not imply however that the President should bring the matter to the United Nations for arbitration

Tagaytay tourism taking water away from Cavite residents?

Jun 19, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The National Water and Resources Board allows a private company to extract water from 4 rivers to supply it to Tagaytay potentially depriving other towns

TAGAYTAY TOURISM. A commercial boom in the popular tourism destination is threatening the city's water supply. Photo from Drumlanrig from Wikimedia Commons