Norzagaray News

  • Lopez Vows To Look Into Tree-cutting Permit For 26,000 Trees For Angat Rehab

    Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez vowed to look into the rehabilitation of the Angat Dam which, reports says, could lead to the "massacre" of some 26,000 trees within the watershed area.

    An environmental advocate, Lopez expressed concern that the repair would take the toll on trees sitting on the watershed.

    "Oh dear. Let me look into [it]," Lopez said in a text message.

    She was reacting to news reports that the plan to rehabilitate Luzon's biggest dam within the Angat watershed would entail the cutting of trees.

    The report said 26,000 trees within the Angat watershed would ...

  • Planting A New Beginning

    Planting A New Beginning

    Employees of Philippine Manila Standard Publishing, Inc. and Kagitingan Printing Press Inc. took part in the companys sixth tree planting project, dubbed Adopt a Tree, on July 23 on the back of consistent efforts to lessen the effects of climate change.

    But this year's tree planting was a special one as every seedling planted on the 1.5-hectare land at Ipo Dam in Barangay San Mateo in Norzagaray, Bulacan symbolized a new chapter for Manila Standard.

    "With this tree planting activity, we want to make sure that the trees grow together with the Standard," publisher Rolando Estabillo said in ...

  • Volunteering On A Black Saturday

    Volunteering On A Black Saturday

    Part of its mission to inspire and initiate leadership opportunities for its members, Children International Manila Alumni Association (CIMAA) regularly conducts community service project. This year on a Black Saturday, eight members of CIMAA (including our family and with a guest volunteer) helped build an earth dome for the Dumagat (indigenous community) in the mountains of Angat in Norzagaray, Bulacan. The said earth dome is part of an experimental project for the possible ecotourism project of the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society together with the Dumagat in the community.

    Under ...

  • World Water Day Waste Water Is A Resource Conserve And Recycle It This Years Theme

    World Water Day Waste Water Is A Resource Conserve And Recycle It This Years Theme

    The weeklong observance of World Water Day, lasting until March 22, is under way with Philippine activities led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in coordination with the Interior department, private businesses like Maynilad, and advocacy NGOs.

    The theme for this year's United Nations-designated World Water Day is "Water and Waste Water."

    Dona Mayor Gordona of the DENR's river basin control office said World Water Day is traditionally marked in summer, when there is a lot of unmet demand for water.

    This year's theme encouraged people to look at waste water ...

  • Ipo Rangers Get New Solar Lamps

    Ipo Rangers Get New Solar Lamps

    They don't pack high-tech gear nor high-caliber weapons, but the Dumagat rangers of Ipo Watershed patrol Bulacan's forests like it was their home. Because it is.

    Sporting simple tools and gear donated by mountaineers, the rangers work day and night to protect the Sierra Madre mountain range against illegal loggers, slash-and-burn farmers and charcoal collectors. With little gear and basic pay, they've had a tough run, but they finally got help.

    Last 10 January, the watershed's rangers received solar lamps and mobile chargers from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) and AVolu ...

  • Smart Facilitates New Livelihood Opportunity For Dumagat Communities

    Several members of the Dumagat ethnic group from the Ipo and Upper Marikina Watershed communities are exploring an alternative livelihood that respects nature, and does not involve cutting down trees.

    The group recently learned how to create sculptures from forest debris and driftwood, in a workshop sponsored by wireless services leader Smart Communications Inc. (Smart). The training was led by prominent Filipino sculptor Rey Paz Contreras, assisted by members of the Daambakal Sculptors of Tondo, Manila.

    Smart earlier tapped Contreras and the Daambakal Sculptors to provide driftwood scul ...