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  • MGB wants review of no go zones

    MGB wants review of no go zones

    The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is seeking a review of the areas where mining activities are banned, or the so-called no-go zones, amid the call of small-scale miners to exclude from the list the sites they are eyeing.

    Leo Jasareno, MGB director, said during a meeting of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) on Friday that he advised that no-go zones must be validated on-site, after small-scale miners alleged there were inaccuracies made in the classification.

    "They were complaining so the recommendation of the MGB is to conduct verification on the ground. If we say that ...

  • Coast Guard rescues pawikan trapped off Cagayan Province

    Coast Guard rescues pawikan trapped off Cagayan Province

    A trapped pawikan sea turtle was found and rescued by a local fisherman in the Cagayan Sea last Wednesday, the Philippine Coast Guard said Friday.

    The Coast Guard said the pawikan was found in a fish trap off Palaui Island at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday by Jaime Yosores, a 60-year-old fisherman.

    Yosores turned over the pawikan to the Coast Guard San Vicente substation.

    According to the Coast Guard, the turtle was 43 cm long and 37 cm wide, and weighed 4.1 kg.

    The Coast Guard coordinated with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) for the release of the turt ...

  • Illegal logging on Palaui Island probed

    Illegal logging on Palaui Island probed

    The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) has initiated an inquiry into the reported illegal logging at a protected area in Santa Ana town in Cagayan.

    Last Friday, deputy CEZA administrator Julian Gonzales said at least 13,000 board feet of illegally cut timber such as narra, kamagong and mahogany were recently found abandoned in Sitio Aguab on Palaui Island.

    Gonzales said the find confirmed reports that illegal logging is being done at the island, which has been declared as one of the country's protected areas.

    "CEZA is very much alarmed by this illegal activity inside the island, c ...