BAGUIO CITY—The controversy over the fate of 182 trees, which a shopping mall intends to uproot and transfer, has provided the government with a laboratory to help it design a mechanism for transplanting Baguio’s pine trees.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has informed SM Investments Corp. that it has been documenting the methods [...]
I write this at the risk of sounding like an ignorant smart-ass and infuriating the multitude of citizens fighting passionately to advance their cause. Although I know I might end up as Baguio’s persona non grata, I feel compelled to express an opinion drowned out in the current controversy over an issue as sensitive as [...]
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recommended that the state declare nine sites as protected areas and nearly 200 other sites as tourism zones to protect them from mining claims and extractive activities.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said the DENR and the National Tourism Council last week approved proposals to delineate hundreds [...]
BAGUIO CITY—Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo on Thursday said Malacañang will gather officials of the shopping mall giant SM and the city government and representatives of environmental groups on April 16 to settle their dispute over the displacement of 182 trees from Luneta Hill to make way for the mall’s expansion.
A 72-hour temporary environmental protection [...]
THE ENVIRONMENT department yesterday appeared to backtrack on the permit it gave for the SM group to uproot trees to make way for the expansion of its mall in Baguio City, with the agency head ordering its regional office to heed a court-ordered halt amid public clamor.
In a statement released yesterday, Environment Secretary Ramon [...]
MANILA, Philippines—The Roman Catholic bishop of Baguio City supported calls by various groups on Wednesday for a boycott of SM malls across the country in protest of its clearing of trees to make room from the expansion of its mall in the City of Pines.
Bishop Carlito Cenzon said a boycott was one way to [...]
MANILA, Philippines – Environmental group Greenpeace on Wednesday urged the SM City management to uphold the temporary environment protection order (TEPO) issued by the court, halting the uprooting of pine trees within the mall’s property in Baguio City.
Francis dela Cruz, Greenpeace public outreach coordinator, made the appeal after the group received reports that the [...]
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — (UPDATE – 8:08 p.m.) Residents of Baguio City opposed to the removal of 182 trees by SM scored an early win after the mall acceded Wednesday to a court-issued Temporary Environmental Protection Order that it had earlier refused to accept.
Baguio residents had asked for the TEPO after the mall began [...]
Youth groups led by Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino urged the government on Wednesday to immediately revoke the permit granted to SM Baguio allowing the “massacre” of close to 200 trees for its expansion project.
Palatino handed over to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje an appeal letter to stop the cutting and balling of Baguio’s pine [...]
MANILA, Philippines – Fish pen owners are blaming a mining company for allegedly causing fish kill in MacArthur, Leyte.
Over 16 metric tons of fish, mostly tilapia, died inside their cages in Lake Bito in Villa Imelda.
Fish pen owners said strong rains in the past weeks destroyed the dike of a magnetite mining area [...]