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Media reporting partly to blame for reforestation fiascos

This is a reaction to the news report “Philippines breaks world tree-planting record” (INQUIRER.net, 9/27/14). The article says that the planting of 3.2 million trees in an hour in Mindanao, as part of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP), has eclipsed the previous record set by India.

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

No basis for NPA to hold surveyors

Pretending to be concerned with the environment, New People’s Army (NPA) members abducted a group of four surveyors and their driver in New Leyte, Compostela Valley, last May 30. Commissioned by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, the surveyors were from a survey outfit in Manila.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

No Round Two

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Senators and other officials gorge on pork barrel slabs. So what’s to keep public works contractors from pocketing extra bucks by ripping up ecological safeguards? Cebu and Bohol offer case studies to indicate whether they’ll go scot free—again.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Water warning

That water is a precious resource is dramatized every time the dry season hits a blazing peak from March to May. That means now, when authorities warn that the dams supplying water to Metro Manila are approaching critical levels. In the provinces, high temperatures and lack of water are not only affecting farmlands needing irrigation but also exacerbating the horrific conditions in evacuation centers.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dead end

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The fires that razed 50 hectares of forests on Mt. Banahaw in Quezon Province late March have flickered out. Mindanao has less than 10 percent of forest cover left. Will a Bangsamoro regime reverse that skid, assuming the 11-step transition roadmap is completed?

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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