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Watch Double Epic Fail in Ilocos Norte

Yes, totally true. The epic fails in Ilocos Norte. One of which was the “cable cart” ride which amused the passengers at first. Then afterwards lost the interest for the operator obviously had difficulty maneuvering the cart up its destination and back. But hey, it was a good try. The […]

Live blogging the fury of Mayon Volcano

Today, at 9:32 AM, Tuesday, January 23, Legazpi time, we start a live blogging event to document the fury and ferocious destruction of Mayon volcano on its environ and the local residents living in its vicinity. We are getting a live text feed direct from the city fronting the volcano. […]

Watch a close encounter with a squirrel in 4K

This is a first for our YouTube channel at posting video in 4K – “A Close Encounter with a Squirrel in 4K.” A chance encounter with this happy, inquisitive and quite reluctant star of our video proved productive. It all happened last week when we accompanied a fellow YouTuber at […]

Latest Update on the Eight Cherry Tomato Plants

This is the latest, and maybe, the final update on the Cherry Tomato Plants These are the eight cherry tomatoes four weeks after transplanting which I covered on an earlier video. They have grown tall, some about four and one half feet already. The leaves looked green and healthy. Some […]

Global warming is major cause behind extreme weather – WMO

The extreme weather conditions prevailing worldwide, including the long-lasting heat waves and scorching temperatures across the northern hemisphere, remains the main culprit according to a latest study of the World Meteorological Organization released in Geneva. Using the climate assessment models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the WMO predicted […]

Phillippines nationwide smoking ban starts July 22

Smokers, take note of this. Two days before President Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address, the nationwide ban on smoking in public places including conveyances will get implemented on July 22nd. Duterte previously signed an executive order (EO 26) on May 16 this year that will enforce the establishment […]

Pink pineapples for your fruit salad, anyone?

Do you love fruit salads? Are you fond of experimenting by adding colors on the mix to make it more fancy and attractive? Now that wait is almost over. Very soon, the food stalls and supermarkets in the US of A will get a fill of pineapple, not the yellow […]

Bulusan volcano spews ash, the second eruption this week

BULUSAN, Sorsogon — Active Mount Bulusan, here, spewed a kilometer-high ash cloud that lasted for around nine minutes early morning on Wednesday, its second time this week. Volcanologists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanolgy and Seismology (Phivolcs) found 0.5 millimetres traces of ashes that drifted towards villages in this town. […]

More major quakes expected any day now around the world

Experts warn that an even worse disaster is imminent as the planet is overdue for a high-magnitude earthquakes along the Earth’s largest fault lines, even as Italy was devastated last week with hundreds of lives lost already. On Saturday, two earthquakes hit the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, a […]

Review of coal plant permits gets support from Greenpeace

The call of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez’s to review all permits and operations of coal-fired power plants in the country gets a loud support from the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace Philippines. The organization’s energy campaigner Reuben Muni also challenged DENR to take the initiative further […]

Earthquake jolts Batanes as restive Bulusan volcano calms down

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) noted in its earthquake bulletin issued at 10:37AM a magnitude 5.6 temblor whcih struck the Batanes province on dawn of Monday. The quake agency traced the location at 65 kilometers west of Sabtang town and happened at 2:20 AM. With a depth […]

Salceda wants to separate OCD from NDRRMC

LEGAZPI CITY — If he will have his way, outgoing Albay governor Joey Salceda will separate the Office of Civil Defense from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Now that he is the newly elected representative of the second legislative district of Albay, it is exactly what he […]

Russia impose ban on corn, soy bean imports from US

Russia bans import of soybeans and corn from the United States starting from February 15. Assistant to Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseenko told TASS on Wednesday, “Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15.” Answering a respective question, the agency […]

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UN GCF expect pledges of developed countries to come in next year

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations green climate fund will likely receive more contributiions next year. Some developed nations are likely to remit their pledges to the US$100-billion United Nations’ Green Climate Fund next year, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said Wednesday. In a statement received here from Incheon city, South […]

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UN Green Climate Fund HQ opens in Inchon City on Dec. 4

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) headquarters will formally open on Wednesday, December 4 with an inaugural dedication at 10:30 A.M. The center is located at the G-Tower of Songdo in Incheon City, South Korea. The G-Tower building is specially designed for the GCF and other […]

CamSur Provincial Environmental Office launches clean-up drive

Naga city (PNA) — The environmental office in the province of Camarines Sur is set to launch a clean-up drive this month, noting the proliferation of posters of candidates put up on trees planted along the highways and roads. Lawyer Arnel P. Rodriguez, provincial environment and natural resources officer (Penro), […]

A Sweeping Look at Mining in the Philippines

The prevailing Philippine mining laws grant the Department of Environment and Natural Resources the sole authority to approve large-scale mining. Neither the provincial or local governments enjoy the same authority. At last, the powers that be in the government showed the true color of their skins.

DENR: Bicol Rivers and Lakes Hyacinth-Free

There is no fear that hyacinths or water lilies would clog rivers and lakes in Bicol to cause floods and pollution resulting in fish kills, the environmental management bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Legaspi said.

Is it Quo Vadis, Mount Isarog?

With all these exploration and mining actions in the Bicol region initiated by the national government which contradicts itself, and at times awarded to foreign companies that solely enjoy the benefits and fruits of the national patrimony, whom do we ask for relief?

Earthquake jolts Batanes as restive Bulusan volcano calms down

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) noted in its earthquake bulletin issued at 10:37AM a magnitude 5.6 temblor whcih struck the Batanes province on dawn of Monday. The quake agency traced the location at 65 kilometers west of Sabtang town and happened at 2:20 AM. With a depth […]

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DENR to embark on massive mangrove reforestation in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol will intensify its coastal reforestation project after giant storm surges spawned by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) devastated coastal towns in Eastern Visayas, a regional official said Wednesday. Regional director Gilbert Gonzales said they will build “Beach Forest” through massive […]

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UN Green Climate Fund HQ opens in Inchon City on Dec. 4

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) headquarters will formally open on Wednesday, December 4 with an inaugural dedication at 10:30 A.M. The center is located at the G-Tower of Songdo in Incheon City, South Korea. The G-Tower building is specially designed for the GCF and other […]

The Sand and Gravel Mining in Calabanga

Riding a motor bike on a rainy afternoon is a no-no recommendation when the destination is that portion of the national road that traverses the area about barangay Sibobo. Quite a coincidence we were right in the vicinity of the gravel-and-sand mining operation on the mountainous part bordering the area.

Is it Quo Vadis, Mount Isarog?

With all these exploration and mining actions in the Bicol region initiated by the national government which contradicts itself, and at times awarded to foreign companies that solely enjoy the benefits and fruits of the national patrimony, whom do we ask for relief?