The “Season of Creation” campaign of the Archdiocese of Manila is well named. Similar campaigns are held in many countries as a celebration of the Earth during the month of September. In the Philippines, it will run on Sept. 1-Oct. 5, with the aim of encouraging Filipino Catholics to be “more proactive in protecting and preserving the environment.” Celebrations of the Mass, such as the opening Mass to be officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, will be joined with an information campaign on pressing environmental problems throughout the archdiocese’s many parishes and communities.
By Antonio Montalvan II
As of last count over the weekend, they have reached a staggering number—69 in all. A record number, says the popular online petition platform Change.org of the 69 local and national petitions calling for a stop to the cutting of century-old trees that stand, literally, in the path of road-widening projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
By Michael L. Tan
When Typhoon “Glenda” roared through the Philippines last month, it left a trail of uprooted trees. We counted 138 of those uprooted trees at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus.
And speaking of blessings, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental has been included in the Unesco World Heritage list—the first for Mindanao. The awaited announcement was made in Doha last June 23 by the World Heritage Committee.
By Jurgenne H. Primavera et al.
In the wake of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), the government allocated P347 million, since then increased to P1 billion, to rehabilitate mangroves in devastated areas.