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DENR acts to save PH’s largest flower

MANILA, Philippines?The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has taken steps to protect the country’s largest flower and will enlist the help of local communities in ensuring the survival of the threatened species. The DENR has issued an administrative order declaring a two-hectare piece of land in Sitio (district) Kalanganan, Baungon, Bukidnon, as the critical habitat of the Rafflesia schadenbergiana

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DENR reviews Edsa traffic solutions

MANILA, Philippines?For the sake of cleaner air, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants to achieve what Metro Manila residents have long considered an impossible dream: To cut down travel time from Makati City to Cubao in Quezon City to just 15 minutes. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said his department and other agencies like the Land Transportation Office and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were reviewing several proposals to decongest…

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Metro air quality worsening

MANILA, Philippines?The quality of the air that residents of Metro Manila breathe has worsened, prompting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to launch a crackdown on smoke-belchers along one of the busiest thoroughfares in the metropolis. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said DENR tests on air quality in the first half of the year showed an increase in solid or liquid particles suspended in the air. ‘In the first half of 2010, it increased to 163 micrograms (ug)/normal cubic meters (Ncm)

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Arroyo replaces environment secretary

MANILA, Philippines?Acting Environment Secretary Eleazar Quinto, who stirred up a furor for engineering a major reshuffle in his department, has gotten a dose of his own medicine. After a month-long stint, Quinto has been replaced by President Macapagal-Arroyo and appointed to head a presidential office in a fresh Cabinet reshuffle, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said yesterday. Quinto was tapped in January…

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DENR execs ask Comelec to stop revamp

MANILA, Philippines?Key environment officials have asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to stop acting Environment Secretary Eleazar Quinto from pursuing his ‘massive reshuffling’ in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, saying they feared the DENR would be used as a political tool in the May elections. In an ‘urgent petition,’ the 10 officials?almost all holding the posts of directors?said the DENR should be shielded from partisan politics to ‘avoid the repeat of the case of former Undersecretary Jocelyn ‘Joc-joc’ Bolante.’ Bolante is a former agriculture undersecretary accused of facilitating the release of P728 million in 2004 to officials said to be favored by…

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Vizcaya town seeks TRO vs mining firm

THE local government of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya on Thursday petitioned the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order enjoining the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against allowing mining company Oceana Gold to operate in the ore-rich Didipio region.

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Let SC sort it out

EDITORIAL 01/25/2010 It appears that the civil socialites that are conversely known as the Yellow Army are priming up for another major upheaval when President Arroyo, who by the treacherous nature she was known for in the past nine years, imminently picks a new Chief Justice before she leaves the presidency on June 30. Arroyo and the group, which are avidly pushing a Noynoy presidency, used to be fierce allies during the 2001 power grab that yanked democratically-elected President Joseph Estrada from office. It appears that the group is getting inspiration from the so-called constitutional expert Fr

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Sierra Madre group blames Arroyo for Ondoy disaster

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo could have averted the disaster brought by storm Ondoy if she acted to stop rampant corruption at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which was believed to have abetted illegal logging, a Quezon Catholic priest and head of the Sierra Madre protection group said Tuesday. ‘Madame President, if you have acted immediately last year after our dialogue, we would not have been lost thousands of big and small trees