The month of May is the time of the year when many Filipinos flock to the beach or visit picturesque islands to swim or to spend their vacation.
After all, we are a nation of approximately 7,641 islands, with more than half of its cities and municipalities located in coastal areas.
But did you know that the month of May is also the time for us to celebrate the significance of conservation, protection, and sustainable management of our coastal and ocean resources?
Being an archipelagic country surrounded by large bodies of water and regarded as the "epicenter of global marine biodivers ...
The government and the private sector must redouble efforts to protect the intellectual property rights—which ultimately translate to economic rights—of traditional communities like indigenous groups so that their local resources are not improperly exploited.
To this end, the head of the Asean Intellectual Property Association has called for greater awareness toward and greater legal protection for the diverse and rich local culture which is in danger of being tapped for profit by external parties like foreign corporations.
"What we need to do is make people aware that we have a larg ...
Most flights from Alaska to Manila require at least one stopover. But the Bar-tailed Godwit, a small bird that escapes the cold winters of Alaska for the tropical climates of the Philippines to New Zealand, can do the flight non-stop in eight days.
This is the longest continuous journey that has ever been recorded for a landbird, and possibly the most exhausting flight ever experienced by a tourist.
May 10 is World Migratory Bird Day, an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
Two thousand species of birds mak ...
The Multiple Intelligence (MI) Awards, which is co-presented by Smart Communications, recognizes individuals and organizations who make a difference in the society through various intelligences such as linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist intelligence.
According to MIIS, people or groups with strong naturalist intelligence have a profound concern for species and their communion with the natural world and its phenomena. The Naturalist Intelligence Awardee is not only a nature-lover but one who comes up with sustainable sol ...
The Biodiversity on Wheels (BOW) program is an interactive multimedia library van that visits schools, organizations and communities to teach Philippine biodiversity.
Since 2012, Haribon's BOW has reached almost 60,000 students and youth from 96 schools and 21 communities, and has mobilized 1,196 volunteers all over the country.
During a BOW rollout, children participants learn about what makes our country's wildlife unique, the Philippine biodiversity and its importance and simple ways on how to help save the environment.
A Moving Classroom
Lounelle Godinez, BOW training specialis ...
The search is on for the 10 Asean Biodiversity Heroes to represent Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Asean Biodiversity Heroes is a program designed to recognize outstanding individuals from the Asean region who have contributed significantly to biodiversity conservation and advocacy efforts in their respective countries.
One of the commemorative activities for the 50th anniversary of the Asean on August 8, the Heroes project is supported by the Asean Secretariat; the Philippines's Department of Forei ...