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12 Mindanao caves declared off-limits

By DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:35 pm | Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MANILA—Twelve caves in Southern Mindanao have been declared off-limits to spelunkers and may be visited only for scientific and educational purposes, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Thursday.

Out of 42 newly classified caves in the region, 12 are listed under Class I—caves with archeological findings that may be explored for scientific and educational purposes. These caves may also be used for exploration, mapping and photography.

Nine of them are located in Davao del Norte, two in Davao Oriental, and one in Compostela Valley, the DENR said in a news release.


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Verde Island Passage threatened by crown-of-thorns starfish

By Marrah Erika Lesaba
Inquirer Southern Luzon
5:53 pm | Thursday, May 30th, 2013



BATANGAS CITY, Philippines- An infestation of the poisonous and destructive crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci), or COTS, has been reported off a coastal village here, threatening corals in the waters that form part of the Isla Verde Passage.

Jacob Meimban Jr., executive director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Coastal and Marine Management Office (PAWB-CMMO) here, said they discovered and declared a COTS infestation in the waters off Barangay (village) Pagkilatan, a 10-square kilometer village located along the Verde Island Passage, which has been declared the center of marine biodiversity in the world.

The crown-of-thorns starfish is a predator on coral reefs. It belongs to the subclass Asteroida that includes all starfish. A nocturnal marine species, it feeds by forcing its stomach out through its mouth and turning it inside out, in a process called eversion. Most COTs prefer to feast on fast-growing corals such as Acropora spp. The starfish locates itself on the coral polyps, everts its stomach, spreads it over the coral, secretes digestive enzymes onto the coral tissue and then absorbs the digested tissue as it withdraws its stomach.


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Mining:

PH is 2nd to South Africa in terms of gold deposits (not reserve) per square area, meaning every province every nook in the country has gold. It doesn't mean the country has the most deposits but just there is gold everywhere. (As explained to me by a Filipino geologist, a mining expert.) As for gold reserves (in the bank vaults), last time I looked PH is outside of the top ten but maybe ten to twenty.

What to do with all the mineral wealth? Idiots can say dig up all the gold and the minerals of the country, and PH will be prosperous. On Sibuyan island, there is gold and nickel (I believe).


The nickel mine was turned down because they will end up digging 40% of the island.


Even small scale gold mining was dangerous because of mercury pollution in the air. Anyone know the story of the Republic of Naurau? Google it.

PH is very rich in mineral wealth, top dog
but there are only few islands (of the 7107) with land mass that can sustain mining. Remember Marinduque and the Placer Dome disaster?



So which island should go first? Sibuyan, Boracay, Panglao, El Nido



and what happens to the marine life? Remember the epicenter of world's marine biodiversity is Verde Island passage. Where would they dump the tailings, into the sea?

Catch 22 situation.
Most of us probably asked our grade school teachers,

"Teacher, will Romblon Island disappear if we quarry all the marbles?".
 

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'Pirate' ants discovered in Los Baños, Laguna


Arr, shiver me timbers! Pirates have been found living under a rock in the Philippines - pirate ants, that is.

These pirate ants got their names not because of their tendency to plunder, but because of the dark patches around their eyes, National Geographic reported.
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Cemex turns landfill wastes into energy for mills



June 5, 2013 8:22 pm
by KRISTYN NIKA M. LAZO

The wastes dumped in the country’s landfills need not go to waste.
Cemex Philippines, one of the largest producers and distributors of cement in the country, announced on Wednesday that it would “go green,” by recycling wastes from landfills to fuels that will be used in mills processing its cement products.

Normandy Chan, plant director of APO Cement plant, said on Wednesday that the company processes wastes and converts it into biofuels for the ball mills and other machines in cement production.

http://www.manilatimes.net/cemex-turns-landfill-wastes-into-energy-for-mills/7118/

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Soon to rise in Metro Manila: In-city relocation sites for evicted illegal settlers

The government through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has started constructing in-city relocation sites for illegal settlers evicted from the six major waterways in Metro Manila
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Nothing wrong with feeding whalesharks in Oslob – RDC


By Patricia Andrea D. Pateña
Cebu Daily News

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THE whale shark feeding in Oslob will continue.

Members of the Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) agreed on this yesterday during their second 2013 quarterly meeting.

Robert Go, chairman of the Economic Development Committee (EDC), presented their recommendation not to stop the whale shark feeding because they do not see any ecological threat caused by the activity. Go’s recommendation was immediately approved.

The RDC’s position on the issue was sought after the RDC of Region 5 (Bicol) wrote to the Secretary of Tourism, requesting support for its position to stop the whale shark feeding activities in Oslob.

In their position paper, they said the activity has greatly affected the whale shark tourism project in Donsol, Sorsogon.

“Donsol was known for ‘butanding,’ that’s why a lot of tourists go to Donsol to see the whale sharks. When Oslob became popular for whaleshark watching all year round instead of seasonal in September or October, more people from Manila would come to Cebu,” said Go.

RDC 5 wanted a return to the status quo where whalesharks would feed naturally in the open seas.

The DOT Central Visayas Regional Director Rowena Montecillo called the attention of the RDC to act on the matter.

Go said they went to Oslob to observe the activities.

“We found nothing wrong with what we have here in Oslob. We found that it was still very friendly to the lives of the whaleshark so in our committee, we recommend that we should not stop,” said Go.

But Go said residents and Oslob officials should adhere to policies on proper handling and feeding of the whale sharks.

“We will continue until we can see any adverse impact on the natural habitat of the butanding,” he added.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, RDC 7 chairman, agreed with Go’s recommendations because stopping the whale shark activities in Oslob will definitely affect the livelihood of its residents.

“We cannot just immediately stop something that has a great economical contribution,” said Rama.

please guide these humans..:eek:hno::bash:
baka gusto din nila turuan ung butanding wag kumain ng plastic?
 

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Tarsier found in Manila Golf
22 June 2013 | Inquirer

But the DENR also noted that a baby tarsier
was spotted at singer Jose Mari Chan’s house in Forbes Park a month ago,
but that it had died by the time the agency came to retrieve it.

Because the tarsier “had already undergone enough stress,”
including during transport,
Toledo said the DENR-PAWB was careful not to touch it any further.
It was kept in a box during transport to prevent further handling,”
the veterinarian said.

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ano na balita sa alliance of seven?

In addition, the alliance recognized the importance of the role of residents in the preservation of the watershed, especially where solid waste management is concerned.

The Marikina Watershed Environs Integrated Resource Development Alliance or the Alliance of Six was formed in September of 2010, a year after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Ondoy.

Quezon City joined the six cities only this year, prompting the new group to be called the Alliance of Seven.
7 ‘Ondoy’ cities unite to protect Marikina watershed
By Kristine Felisse Mangunay
Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 20:06:00 03/19/2011
 

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^^ Nakalimutan na iyan. Pati yung dredging ng Laguna Lake nawala na rin sa consciousness ng mga pulitiko.

Pag nagkabaha uli saka muling lilitaw ang mga topics na iyan.
 

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^^ Nakalimutan na iyan. Pati yung dredging ng Laguna Lake nawala na rin sa consciousness ng mga pulitiko.

Pag nagkabaha uli saka muling lilitaw ang mga topics na iyan.
Hindi nila alam yon na may sakit sila: "selective amnesia"!:eek:hno::eek:hno:
 

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Welcome to Ringling Bros so-called "Center for Elephant Conservation" in Florida. This center has nothing to do with conservation, rather it is just Ringling's breeding grounds, where they replenish their performers, since they usually die ...at a premature age. This is also where they train the baby elephants by the methods in the photos. These babies must endure this treatment for days straight, until their spirit is broken and finally give up.
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Tarsier found in Manila Golf
22 June 2013 | Inquirer

But the DENR also noted that a baby tarsier
was spotted at singer Jose Mari Chan’s house in Forbes Park a month ago,
but that it had died by the time the agency came to retrieve it.

Because the tarsier “had already undergone enough stress,”
including during transport,
Toledo said the DENR-PAWB was careful not to touch it any further.
It was kept in a box during transport to prevent further handling,”
the veterinarian said.

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Squirrels feared in Muntinlupa executive village

ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 06/27/2013 11:09 PM | Updated as of 06/27/2013 11:09 PM

Manila, Philippines--While rats are the common household pests in the country, residents of Alabang Hills executive village in Muntinlupa City fear a different kind of rodent: squirrels.

"Nakikita lang namin 'yan sa mga wire ng kuryente tumutulay." Park maintenance worker Boy Sarmiento said. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/06/27/13/squirrels-feared-muntinlupa-executive-village
 

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Turtle haven in Mati under threat



MATI CITY, Philippines—When the Inquirer Mindanao visited the coastal village of Dahican here on Friday noon, there was none of the usual crashing of the waves. The sea was calm—not ideal for skim boarding or surfing.
About 2 meters from where the water kissed the white sand were two concrete markers. And, unlike the placid sea, the round markers spelled trouble.


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Over 5 years, power firm plants 76,000 trees in Benguet, Isabela



For the month of June alone, SNAP employees again conducted a couple of tree plating activities in their host communities in support of the World Environment Day and Arbor Day.

Rhoda Santos, the company’s corporate communications manager, said 113 employees and volunteers early this month planted at least 1,019 coffee seedlings in Ambuklao and Binga Hydroelectric Power Plants (HEPPs) and in Marian Village.
http://www.interaksyon.com/article/65235/over-5-years-power-firm-plants-76000-trees-in-benguet-isabela
 
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