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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  • 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 ...

  • Silliman Hosts 2016 Shark Summit

    Consistent with its advocacy to champion the environment, Silliman is playing host to the 2016 Shark Summit held on November 10 to 11.

    The two-day summit brings together more than a hundred stakeholders, scientists, and marine conservation advocates from different parts of the world to talk about sharks, and how they can be protected and managed in the Philippines.

    "Because sharks are often neglected in marine conservation, why don't we hold a summit that talks about sharks?" said Save Philippine Seas Executive Director and Chief Mermaid Anna Oposa, one of the lead organizers of the summ ...

  • PHL Needs To Mainstream PHE Approach To Meet SDG

    The Philippine government needs to mainstream population, health, and environment (PHE) in the strategy to achieve the country's commitments under the sustainable development goals (SDG).

    "Much work had been done to address population, health, and environment issues in the Philippines but still there is much more to be done for a conscious effort at making the link and synergy to these efforts," Oliver Agoncillo, Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) executive director, told reporters at a briefing during the 6th National PHE Conference.

    The conference aims to explore ways and mean ...