News & Update


09
Feb 2016
Catholic Prayer : Fr. Pete Montallana, President of Save Sierra Madre Network

Sa ngalan ng Ama, ng Diyos at ng Espirito Santo. Mapagmahal na Ama, di namin masukat ang iyong pagmamahal sa buong sangnilikha. Magmula sa mga damo hanggang sa napaka-komplikadong katawan ng mga may buhay. Nakakamangha ang iyong mga ginawa. Salamat din sa Pilipinas na para bagang mga perlas na mudmud mo sa dagat, Mayaman sa isda, punong-puno ng biodiversity ang kabundukan at kinakainggitan ang mga mineral sa ilalim ng lupa. Nakakalungkot lamang mahal na Ama, na sa gitna ng kayamanan na regalo mo naranasan at nararanasan namin ang malagim ng kasaysayan na......

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1st Philippine Environment Summit February 9, 2016

A press conference was held on the first day of the 1st Philippine Environment Summit (February 9, 2016) in one of the meeting rooms at SMX Convention Center, the summit venue. In the panel were: Dr. Angelina P. Galang, President of Green Convergence, which was the organizer of the Summit; Sec. Ramon J.P. Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and Dr. David Suzuki, renowned geneticist and author from Canada, one of...


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Mongo Industry in the Philippines

VICE MAYOR ROBERTO C. AGCAOILI is the Vice Mayor and three-time mayor of San Mateo municipality of Isabela. Under his leadership, it has garnered awards in agricultural development, solid waste management and governance. The Galing Pook Award of 2007 for “Munggo: The Black Gold of San Mateo” is a proof of his administration’s thrust of addressing malnutrition problems, alleviating poverty, developing agriculture and creates additional jobs that provide additional income for the farmers. Monggo...


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Province-wide Zero Waste Campaign

“It is high time for human beings to take the right action towards saving the earth.” This was how Gov. Padilla ended her talk where she shared why and how they implemented a province-wide zero waste campaign. With the aims to maximally increase the capacity of all the 275 target barangays in the 15 municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya and to enable Nueva Vizcaya to be the first province to attain compliance to RA 9003...


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May Bigas Na! May Ulam Na! May Ganansya Na! Maka Kalikasan Pa! Enhancing Organic Rice and Duck Industry though Integrated Rice Duck Farming System (IRDFS)

Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System (IRDFS) is a method of growing rice and ducks together in an irrigated field. It benefits organic rice production in several ways. The movement of the ducks in the rice field helps it to produce more grains. The duck manure can be used as fertilizer eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers. Ducks serve as natural pest control; they eat harmful insects and weeds like the golden snail. The meat and...


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Sustainable Integrated Organic & Natural Mini-Farm Program: An Initiative for Food Self-sufficiency, Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Renewal

A 1,000 sqm mini-farm model is a food-self sufficient and self-generating income. Livelihood income can be generated from the animals and crops while the composting of crops and manures will be able to sustain the fertility of the soil. It can also stabilize microclimate through the windbreak. Also it can diversify itself into having a multi-purpose hall for activities, organic market and accommodations; agrotourism for discovery and learning activities within the farm and a...


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Update on Conference of Parties 21 in Paris

Distinguished guests, good afternoon to everyone. Bon jour. It is a great pleasure to be with all of you today for this 1st Philippine Environment Summit. I thank you for this opportunity that is given to me to share with you some insights about the 21st Climate Conference, also called as COP21, which took place in Paris last December. Almost a year ago, in February 2015, we started our preparation for COP 21 here...


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Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security

Somehow we neglected the fact that healthy environment is necessary for healthy people. We’ve externalized the environment as if it was something outside us. But food is what connects the earth and our bodies. When we destroy the earth, we are destroying our health. We are destroying our economies. I witnessed this over the last three (3) decades in my beloved country, India. And you are witnessing it in the Philippines. We share similar...


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Urban Gardening & Solid Waste Management

There were basically two (2) topics discussed in this session, ecological solid waste management (ESWM), a very popular and practical topic, and urban gardening (UG). Speakers in the session explained how urban gardening is related to ESWM, food security and climate change mitigation. As an added value to the discussion, they also shared the psychological impact of solid waste management and urban gardening to people. They highlighted the benefits gained from the practice of...


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Running an Organic Restaurant

The Coconut House is not just an organic restaurant but a social enterprise managed by the Philippine Coconut Society whose advocacy is for the welfare of the coconut farmers through the development and production of different healthy products that can be derived from coconuts. Being a social enterprise, the restaurant is not profit- oriented but is more on empowering the farmers by maximizing their gains. As a means of promoting the products, Coconut House...


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