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  • Why Rainforestation Brings Back Healthier Forests

    Current reforestation efforts that uses exotic trees such as mahogany and rubber are not suitable for the Philippine environment, environmental groups said.

    As a response to this issue, a new approach has emerged in the restoration of Philippine forests, known as rainforestation.

    Rainforestation is using our native trees in restoring our forests, according to Thaddeus Martinez, a forester from the Haribon Foundation.

    We are prioritizing some of the endemic trees within a particular place. We are always tracking to have the tree species match with the sites, he added.

    Martinez, the ...

  • Romblons Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day Commemorates Awarding of Ancestral Domain Title

    Romblons Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day Commemorates Awarding of Ancestral Domain Title

    The Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid (SMT), an indigenous group in Sibuyan Island, Romblon, celebrated the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Day on August 8, 2017, a day prior to the Worlds Indigenous Peoples Day, to commemorate the awarding of their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title on August 8, 2004.

    Dubbed Adlaw ng Kasadyahan (Araw ng Kasayahan), this is the second IP Day observance in Sibuyan Island, following the first celebration in 2013. The Adlaw ng Kasadyahan showcases indigenous culture and tradition of Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid through a parade, cultural presentations, and product exhibit, am ...

  • Haribon Foundation Forest Resources Bills Get First Hearing In 17th Congress

    Haribon Foundation Forest Resources Bills Get First Hearing In 17th Congress

    After a year on hiatus, forest policies were deliberated in a recent congressional hearing led by House Committee on Natural Resources chairman Arnel Ty.

    Environmental advocates lobbied for an alternative forest management policy which will supersede the current 1975 Revised Forestry Code. For over two decades, bills on sustainable forest management have been pending at the lower house.

    Known as the Forest Resources Bill (FRB), the revitalized policy seeks to ensure the continued and efficient use of Philippine forest resources for present and future generations.

    The FRB network advoc ...

  • CSOs Agree To Establish The Global Environment Facility CSO GEF-CSO-Network In The Philippines

    CSOs Agree To Establish The Global Environment Facility CSO GEF-CSO-Network In The Philippines

    On 23-24 May 2017, about 70 representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSO), including indigenous peoples/people's organizations (IP/POs), academic and research institutions all over the country agreed to establish the GEF-CSO network in order to enhance GEF prioritization, programming and implementation in the Philippines. Under GEF Cycle 6 (2014-2018), the Philippines has been allocated at least US$ 39 million, of which US$ 25 million need to be approved for environmental projects before the end of the year. From GEF cycles 1 to 5, a total of US$ 643 million national and regional proj ...

  • Environmental Defenders Score Big SC Ruling For Tanon Strait Cetaceans

    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 TaƱon 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 ...