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Discovering social tourism at the Ipo Watershed

May 04, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Our latest #WhatsNext experience was all about connecting with nature and the Sapang Munti community

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

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

CA quizzes Lopez on definition of watersheds

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:10 PM

They re not all proclaimed watersheds I will agree but a watershed is a watershed is a watershed Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says about the cancellation of 75 mineral production sharing agreements in watersheds

FIRST HEARING. Senator Manny€ Pacquiao, chair of the Commission on Appointments' (CA) committee on environment and natural resources, shares a light conversation with CA vice chair and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (middle) during a hearing on Wednesday, March 8. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

Lopez: 'I won't stop doing the right thing just to please CA'

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is unfazed by the move of the mining industry to block her confirmation by the Commission on Appointments

ON MINING. In this file photo, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about her department's plan for mining sites whose operations were ordered suspended or closed. Malacañang Photo

DENR orders cancellation of 75 MPSAs in watersheds

Feb 14, 2017 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED Environment Secretary Gina Lopez calls the decision the DENR s gift of love to the people on Valentine s Day

CLOSURE. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez announces the closure of mining operations of 23 mining firms. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

After DENR's mining audit, what happens now?

Feb 07, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is proposing an area development approach that will help take care of resources in mining areas

'Corruption, gov't inefficiency' to blame for environmental destruction

Feb 07, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she has no problem with people making money but it s a different story when the operation of a business already kills water adversely affects life and keeps our people poor

Lopez: Mining audit team wanted fines, I chose closures

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:30 AM

I wanted to close and I wanted to suspend and they wanted to fine You ll just fine? I mean the rivers are red they re in a watershed and you ll just fine? says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

Rappler Talk: Gina Lopez on mining company crackdown

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Lopez also talks about her area development approach that could help the economy of communities affected by the closure of mining operations

DENR announces closure of 23 mining operations

Feb 02, 2017 - 12:30 PM

6th UPDATE We have decided to close any kind of mining operation in functional watersheds says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

MINING AUDIT. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez conducts a press conference on her department's mining audit on February 1, 2017. Photo from DENR twitter account

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

After 2 years, Bulacan forest guards paid for a year of work

Feb 23, 2016 - 3:41 PM

The MWSS finally pays forest guards whose role is to protect a watershed crucial for Metro Manila s water needs

KEEPING COUNT. Forest guard leader Manny Cruz receives his long overdue salary from MWSS on February 23, 2016. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Unpaid forest guards stop work in critical watershed

Feb 01, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The Ipo Watershed – part of a watershed system which provides 97 of Metro Manila s water needs – is now vulnerable again to illegal logging and burning – no thanks to MWSS oversight

FIGHING ILLEGAL LOGGING. Ipo Watershed bantay gubat or forest guards find illegally-cut lumber floating in a river. Photo from Fredd Ochavo/UP Mountaineers

Critical dams to have ‘way below normal’ rainfall Feb-March

Jan 06, 2016 - 3:19 PM

El Niño is likely to grip the country until June while 85 of the country could experience drought by the end of April

DRY MONTHS AHEAD. PAGASA Senior Weather Specialist Anthony Lucero explains the drought expected in many provinces in the country until June 2016. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Forest paradise re-emerges in Philippine capital

Apr 25, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The only nature park in Manila the La Mesa watershed a thicket about a fifth the size of Paris wraps around a dam that stores drinking water for the metropolis of 14 million people

LA MESA ECOPARK. Photo from Wikipedia user Photo07.

Angat rainforest park spotlights biodiversity hotspot

Dec 20, 2014 - 11:24 PM

The National Power Corporation launches the Angat Rainforest and Ecological Park which is seen to raise public awareness on preserving and protecting the watershed

RAINFOREST PARK. The Angat Rainforest and Ecological Park will raise public awareness on the importance of preserving and protecting a biodiversity hotspot. Photo from the National Power Corporation

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

Flood-prone communities help protect La Mesa Watershed

Sep 10, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Individuals from Malabon City and Valenzuela City plant a total of 720 seedlings across 1 7 hectares in the La Mesa Watershed during the activity

TREE-PLANTING. Dave Azurin of La Mesa Watershed Nature Reserve demonstrates how to properly plant plant trees to ensure that they grow tall and strong. Photo from ACCORD

5 'green' Filipino-made innovations to watch out for

Jul 24, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Here are 5 inventions spotted in the 2014 National Science and Technology Week that can help Filipinos live greener and more sustainably

WAYS WITH WASTE. These stylish chairs are made of ground bits of twigs found on the forest floor

After Ondoy: Hope for the Upper Marikina Watershed

Jul 06, 2014 - 9:17 AM

Years after deforestation in the watershed contributed to Ondoy floods the trees are making a comeback

FOREST GUARDIANS. Tess Argota (foreground) and a village volunteer look at a growing seedling in a reforestation site in Calawis, Antipolo in the Upper Marikina Watershed. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Rethinking the National Greening Program

Jun 22, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Is the government s reforestation program genuine reforestation or a perpetuation of the mindset that trees are commodities for humans to exploit?

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

Bulacan forest fires part of a reforestation scam?

Jun 18, 2014 - 1:29 PM

Locals say informal settlers and government officials deliberately burn reforestation sites so new funds will be released a charge that the DENR denies

FOREST FIRE. In Apri, a forest fire razed parts of the Ipo watershed, a site for the government's National Greening Program. Photo by Mel Prince

Bulacan deforestation ‘drying up’ Metro Manila water supply

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Environmentalists blame two government agencies for mismanaging a vital watershed

BLACKENED. Forest fires like this photographed in April 2014 are often used for charcoal-making or to clear away land for farming. Photo from Fredd Ochavo

California drought 'to cost farmers $1.7 billion'

May 20, 2014 - 9:21 AM

The drought can leave 14 500 workers without jobs in California s Central Valley known as the US food basket

California fire

The long, dry spell in Angat

May 16, 2014 - 7:17 AM

For fisherfolk earning a living at the reservoir the drought began two years ago

Indonesia: Water springs eternal in Sukagalih village

May 12, 2014 - 5:53 PM

A village in Indonesia accepts a gift from one of the last remaining tropical rain forests in Southeast Asia

WATER TRAIL. Mt Halimun-Salak, a watershed for communities in Sukabumi district, Indonesia, collects rain water and plays a vital role in the hydrological cycle. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Runners race to save endangered watershed

Apr 22, 2013 - 5:33 PM

The Sta Rosa watershed is just one of many endangered water systems in the world