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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 »

Blown away

That dynamite fishing is not yet a thing of the past was made abundantly clear by a recent report that rare and endangered sea creatures had been killed as a result of the practice. Last week, it was discovered that as many as 22 dwarf sperm whales and 21 dolphins had fallen victim to a fresh wave of dynamite fishing in the waters of the popular surfing destination of Siargao in Surigao.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Women make their move

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We don’t know who planned it, or even if it was planned at all. But we are seeing a timely, significant, and maybe even groundbreaking confluence of events this year and next year, which has at its heart the agreements and outcomes of an unprecedented series of international conferences in the 1990s and 2000s.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Human life over trees, utility posts

There have been been many protests published in the newspapers against tree-cutting because of the expansion of major highways in Tarlac and Pangasinan. And yet nobody seems to protest against Meralco and PLDT posts left lying on highways after a road expansion project is completed.

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

Laws that are made to be ignored or bent

This refers to the Feb. 21 editorial titled “Cover of darkness.” What is the national government doing about mining in the province of Cagayan? The Mining Industry Coordinating Council already recommended stopping mining activities in the country.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Thank you, Zero Waste champion Roy Alvarez

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.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Love the environment as you love your lover

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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.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wild Parañaque spot should be cleaned up

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 [...]

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

QC is most oppressive city gov’t

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.

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

Gory Gaia

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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.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Worst air pollution episode

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FIGURE 1. The view of the Marikina Valley from the Manila Observatory in Quezon City at the stroke of  midnight (A) of 2014. At 6 a.m., the view (B) was obscured by smoke from fireworks and firecrackers. By  afternoon, the air had cleared up. The mountain range and buildings in the valley (C) at 5 p.m. and the lights from the valley (D) on the evening of Jan. 1 were visible. PHOTO AND GRAPHS COURTESY OF MANILA OBSERVATORY

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.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Ignored crisis

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“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.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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