Dinagat Islands News
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources should go beyond its regulatory role and more actively help develop natural resources in a way that benefits more ordinary people, Secretary Gina Lopez said in a forum with local officials where she bared her environmental and economic programs.
Speaking Friday at the Vice Governors' League held in San Narciso, Zambales, Lopez claimed only foreign countries benefit from the Philippines' natural resources, leaving Filipinos, who should be primary beneficiaries of the resources, in abject poverty.
As an example, she cited mining in Dinag ...
Video footage provides incredibly rare images of the Critically Endangered Dinagat Bushy-tailed Cloud Rat and Endangered Dinagat Gymnure in their natural habitat within the Philippine island of Dinagat.
Known for its lush rainforests, Dinagat Island is home to a variety of rare species found nowhere else in the world. The dense foliage provides excellent hiding spots for these secretive creatures– sometimes so well, that a species could be presumed extinct.
This was the case for the Dinagat Bushy-tailed Cloud Rat, an endemic rodent that was first discovered between 1974 and 1975. Littl ...
How will I start to describe Dinagat Islands?
I think a friend made a good start when he said that it's one of the most virgin destinations in the Philippines. It certainly is. During island hopping, we passed through numerous beach coves, lush-green islands and the occasional community of houses built in stilts. Normally, I would've ignored these sights, but the months I've spent touring around the Philippines and seeing commercial attractions made me appreciate "untouched" provinces more.
Until a few years ago, I hadn't heard about Dinagat Islands. Apparently it's the second newest pro ...
Check out Dinagat Islands white and golden sand beaches. Bitaog Beach is one of Dinagat Islands island hopping destinations. Bitaog Beach is located in an island that is part of the municipality of Basilisa, Dinagat Islands.
The powdery white sand of Bitaog Beach offers more than just its beautiful shore line. The blue colored water is perfect for snorkeling and other water activities. Aside from the white sand beach, there are also a lot of large rock formations and limestone peaks to see.
There's not much to write about this spot for now. The rest of the island is yet to be discovered ...
Located in Brgy. Melgar, Municipality of Basilisa, Province of Dinagat Island, Lake Bababu Underwater Cave is the Philippines' longest underwater cave to date.
Bababu Lake – the largest of four marine lakes in Basilisa town – is also a unique body of water. Although composed mostly of seawater, it has a 20-foot top layer of rainwater. These two layers of water do not mix because the lake is protected from the wind by towering chalk-white limestone walls draped in riotous foliage. The name of the lake area was derived from the Cebuano words baba sa buwaya or crocodile's mouth, referring ...
Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has ordered the closure of 23 mining operations and suspended five others for failing mining and environmental standards on February 2.
According to Lopez, mining has only caused social injustice in many affected communities, as it causes massive environmental destruction and suffering to the people.
Such happened on Dinagat Islands, the island-province in the Caraga region with a population of 127,152, according to a 2015 census of population. Dinagat Islands is known as the "Mystical Island, Province of Love."
Rich in natural resources, it w ...