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The officers, members and staff of the EcoWaste Coalition express sadness for the untimely departure of Roy Alvarez, our former president (2010-2012), whom we hold in high esteem for his animated commitment to the pursuit of Zero Waste, a vision of a restored ecological order where nothing is wasted dumped or burned. As Zero Waste champion, Roy traveled across the country to propagate the values of “waste not, dump not, burn not” in countless community and school gatherings and to spread respect and love for Mother Earth.
By Neal H. Cruz
Today, Valentine’s Day, love not only your spouse and/or your significant other but also the environment. Your life and happiness—and theirs, too—depend on it. You can change your significant other and even your spouse, but not the environment we all live in. We are all stuck with it.
When one goes around Parañaque, one would surely notice “Ang bagong Parañaque” plastered on lanterns, billboards, etc. It gives one a sense of hope, a sense of something better to look forward to. But go to Baclaran, and one can readily see why it is a cause for disappointment, a failed promise. Vendors have transformed [...]
Yes, I agree with Neal Cruz: Quezon City has become oppressive especially to us, homeowners, who live in gated villages and subdivisions. Take this 93-year-old resident of the city since 1957. I have been paying taxes faithfully and used to serve in the city’s public schools. Being a World War II Usaffe veteran, I have an income of only P5,000, which is my pension from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. My 13 children support my needs and pay my house bills, but they have families of their own to support.
By Sasha Dalabajan
It is not my intention to bore you with numbers and percentages showing how much the world has gotten warmer since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, or how much the population has grown and how much pollution it has caused since. But even without the numbers, studies prove that, yes, the world is heating up to an alarming extent.
By Gemma Narisma
, Genie Lorenzo
, James Simpas
, Melliza Cruz
, Nofel Lagrosas
New Year in and around Metro Manila was smoggy, with the worst air pollution episode of the year. This was due to the many commercial and homemade firecrackers and fireworks that were set off beginning in the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, peaking at midnight.
By Juan L. Mercado
“Even the gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities.” This Asian proverb resonates in post-“Yolanda” efforts. They range from rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson skidding into his old cop role to buttressing coastal forests like mangroves beyond Leyte Gulf, throughout the country.
I am still amazed that despite the fact that the year-end concert and “pyromusical” show was a blast, the city government of Marikina and its citizens were still able to keep their environment clean. Yes, Marikina is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, but this uniqueness is the reason it is considered [...]
By Christine E.V. Gonzalez
In1982, one of our community services in California was visiting orphanages. In one orphanage, we met a boy named Bryan, from the Navajo-Hopi tribes, who was particularly attached to us. He would cry whenever we left the facility. After a number of visits, we learned that the US Social Services had picked him up from a tiny apartment, where his mother lay dead. She was only 28.
By Noralyn Mustafa
The entire planet is in turmoil.
So this is the way extremely compromised United Nations conferences end: not with a bang but with a demoralizing whimper. The 19th edition of the UN-sponsored climate change negotiations, held in Warsaw the last two weeks, sputtered to a pitiful close over the weekend…
By Vicente Legarda
An American disaster expert, when interviewed here on Nov. 12, was asked if a developing country like the Philippines would be able to rebuild like New Orleans did in the wake of Hurricane “Katrina.” He replied: “Yes, it can rebuild.”