News & Update


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Feb 2016
Micro-mini Dams

Hedcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation is the leading developer of run- off-river hydropower plants in the Philippines for 37 years. It develops energy sources that are locally available, can be constantly replenished, and have little adverse effects to the environment. The Run-off River Scheme is a type of hydropower generation that uses the natural flow and elevation drop of a river to generate electricity. The company has developed and built several hydro power facilities across the country. The host communities where these hydropower plants are constructed benefit from the paid......

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Green Economic Development: Driver for Competitiveness and Innovation of the Industry and Services in the Philippines

The Green Growth Program of DTI Climate Smart Industries and Services is one of the desired outcomes in the 2010 National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). Climate change and green growth is one of the future-oriented themes in the 2011 – 2016 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Plan. Similarly, in Chapter 3 of the Competitive Industry and Service Sectors of the 2011 – 2016 Philippine Development Plan (PDP), “greening” was introduced by...


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Wind Energy

Renewable Energy (RE) has a net benefit to electricity consumers. As of the end of 2015, there are already 393 megawatt wind farms and 144 megawatt solar power plants operating in the country. Based on the Energy Regulatory Commission’s approved Feed- in Tariff (FIT), rates for solar (P9.68/kWh) and wind (P8.53/kWh) have already gone down by 10% and 13% respectively. The few run-of-river hydro projects have come in due to permitting problems. Similarly biomass...


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Community-based Renewable Energy Systems (CBRES) Model

Community-based Renewable Energy Systems (CBRES) is a model for renewable energy development that has been promoted by SIBAT since 1995. It provides need- based energy, and in the rural context of the country, these are household and community lighting, community services, livelihood, and non-power needs. It can provide reliable, affordable and adequate energy access to communities. Aside from SIBAT’s CBRES, there are 61 community-based renewable energy micro hydro power systems in the Cordillera Administrative...


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Community-based approaches: Private-community partnership

REGINA PAZ L. LOPEZ is the chairperson of one of the Philippines’ biggest non- government organizations, the ABS- CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. She initiated Bantay Bata163, the country’s first media-based hotline, which in 1997 became the United Nations Grand Awardee for Excellence besting 187countries. She spearheaded Bantay Kalikasan, for which she received the 1997 International Public Relations Award of Excellence for the Environment and Outstanding Manilans Award for the Environment, 2009. For the...


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Private Agri Tourism: Malabing Valley Casibu, Nueva Viscaya

JOSEPHINE NAMUJHE is the founder of the Malabing Valley Sustainable Integrated Forest Farmer’s Association (MVSIFFA). The Malabing Valley Multipurpose Cooperative has ventured into non-traditional capacity building activities as a means to organize farmers in the valley, and as a way to protect its natural resources. The cooperative has joined forces with some NGOs and the government in preparing a land use framework for a community-based forest management program aimed at preventing uncontrolled conversion of...


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Writ of Kalikasan

Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. Well first, let me say I am happy to see again my friend, Secretary Luistro. Pagkatapos kong makinig doon sa sinabi niya ako ay naniniwala na higit na mabuti kaysa tuwid na daan ang berdeng daan. For a start I will give the background on how we gave birth to the rules and procedures for environmental cases. We promulgated these rules way back in April 2010. It is...


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Carbon Neutral Industries thru Biomass

Biomass as legally defined in Republic Act 9513 is a non-biodegradable organic material originating from naturally occurring or cultured plants, animals and microorganisms. Biomass is a cleaner source of energy compared to coal. It emits less pollution and Green House Gases (GHGs) thus helps mitigate climate change. There are drivers and challenges in developing biomass power plants in the country. It has a higher pre-development and overall cost per megawatt. It takes longer to...


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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

This session was moderated by DR. DONNA PAZ T. REYES, the Chair of the Graduate Program of the Department of Environment and the Executive Director of Environmental Studies Institute of Miriam College. A graduate of Ph.D from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, she is an authority in environmental education, including biodiversity conservation, environmental principles, ecology and community-based ecohistorical tourism. Two (2) speakers shared their knowledge and experiences in this session. They are:...


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Recycled Products: HMR

CECILIA BANICOD, is the pollution control officer at the HMR Envirocycle Phils. Their environmental commitment recognizes that nature’s resources are finite. Thus, HMR Envirocycle Phils. Inc., the de-manufacturing branch of HMR group, is committed to undertake maximum recovery of useable commodities from end-of-Iife and by-products for reuse through the application of appropriate methods and technologies promoting gradual zero disposal to landfill. Electric or electronic equipment is composed of 20 percent recyclable MV, 50 percent...


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