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FPE is the first non-government grant-making institution for the environment in the Philippines. Its Grants Program makes funds available to civil society organizations undertaking sustainable natural resources management activities in the country; maximize their potential for conservation action; and enhance capacities to implement biodiversity conservation and sustainable development projects.

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  • Environmental Defenders Score Big SC Ruling For Tanon Strait Cetaceans

    Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) Chair and CEO Atty. Rose Liza E. Osorio, together with fellow environmental lawyers, Atty. Gloria Estenzo-Ramos (Oceana vice president) and Atty. Benjamin Cabrido, Jr., recently earned a critical Supreme Court (SC) ruling on behalf of the dolphins and other resident cetaceans of Tañon Strait, thus protecting them and their natural habitat from further "oil exploration, development, and exploitation of petroleum resources" by Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (JAPEX).

    On April 21, 2015, the high court made a decision on the case labeled Res ...

  • The Maeng Women A Study In Gender Empowerment

    Wilma Saguiyod-Gattud served three consecutive terms (from 2004-2013) as mayor of Tubo, Abra, a municipality populated by the Maeng tribe. The tribe is recognized as the first ethnic group to have successfully joined their traditional governance system, which they call 'dap-ay', with that of the country's standard political practices. In dap-ay, the community's Council of Elders chooses its government leaders, with achievements, reputation and popular support as the criteria for selection. In accordance with the mandate of the Local Government Code of 1991, whoever is chosen participates unopp ...

  • Unique Islands Unique Biodiversity

    Gigantes Islands, or Islas de Gigantes in the municipality of Carles in Iloilo province—is known for its rich fishing ground.

    Lately, hordes of tourists in Carles visit Gigantes, which beauty was discovered by local and foreign tourists through word of mouth in the course of relief operations in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) in November 2013.

    A second-class municipality with one of the highest poverty incidence in the Visayas, Carles, 18 kilometers from Panay Island in the Visayan Sea, is developing a plan to promote sustainable tourism on Gigan ...

  • Volunteerism And The Millennial

    A perfect society is one that has no need for volunteers like the one envisioned by Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi, and only has the government to protect all the rights of its people, to give equal opportunity to the deprived, and to tend to those maltreated. Sadly, there are no perfect societies or countries, and certainly there is no such thing as a perfect government—some say it will never be possible, but millions like Gandhi think otherwise.

    Last December 5, the world celebrated the annual International Volunteer Day (IVD), which was mandated by the United Nations (UN) since the 1980s. In ...

  • FPE Supports 70 Projects In Its 24th Year

    The Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) ushers its 25th year this 2017 with a productive grants portfolio in its 24th year.

    For FY 2015-2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016), FPE supported 70 projects amounting to more than PhP 30.5 M in its 24th year of operation. These projects are supported in response to the issues identified in the national and regional environment agenda, which include mining, logging, environmental education, climate change adaptation and sustainable energy, land conversion, indigenous people, and building resilient communities and healthy ecosystems.

    T ...

  • Silliman University President During Shark Summit Government Should Prioritize Marine Conservation

    This country is a water world. We have more water than land," Silliman University president Dr. Ben S. Malayang III said during the 2nd Shark Summit held at the Guy Hall in Silliman University.

    Malayang said the country has 220 million hectares of territorial waters, with only 29.8 million hectares of land. Aside from its size of water compared to land, Philippines has the most diverse marine ecosystem in the world.

    Ecologically, it has the most number of coral species per square area, thus it is important for the country to give top priority to the biodiversity found in the seas, includ ...