March 23-29, 2020

LOOK: Data show less polluted air in Metro Manila amid lockdown
By Kristine Sabillo
Various groups on Wednesday confirmed that the air quality in Metro Manila has improved after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.
Do not use water bottles as containers for disinfectants - experts
By Gabriela Baron
The Philippine Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition warned the public to avoid using water bottles as containers for disinfectants.
Algal bloom, pollutants possible causes for Manila Bay discoloration
By Gabriela Baron
Photos and videos showing Manila Bay’s waters turned turquoise went viral, prompting some to believe it’s the effect of the Luzon-wide quarantine.
EcoWaste group calls on public to practice home composting
By Chito Chavez
Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition on Saturday called on the public to practice home composting as millions heeded the government’s stay-at-home order in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
CHR highlights importance of water at this time
By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is saddened by the data it has received concerning the water problems in the country.
Koalas being released back into wild after Australian bushfires
By Gabriela Baron
Months after Australian bushfires ravaged the continent’s koala populations, the endangered critters are finally being released back into wild.
Water concessionaries told to submit action plan to ensure uninterrupted water supply
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has ordered all water service providers to submit their action plans to ensure the uninterrupted supply of safe water during the public health emergency.
Air quality significantly improving: earth healing itself due to quarantine
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The sudden drastic slowdown in activities in the Philippines and other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic is allowing the earth to heal itself from environmental degradation.
"Start home gardening in cities" - Senator Villar
By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Cynthia Villar on Wednesday urged the public to take advantage of the strict quarantine measures being implemented in the country to start urban agriculture and home gardening projects.
Earth Hour goes online this year
By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
The organizers of the annual Earth Hour event this year have made adjustments amid the global public health emergency.
Environmental groups urges gov't to ensure only registered alcohol, sanitizer are sold
By Chito Chavez
Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition on Tuesday asked government authorities to ensure that only registered alcohol and sanitizers are sold in the market in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A breath of good news: QC air quality improving
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Air quality in Quezon City has been improving as people stay home during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, according to an expert from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman).
MinDa initiates self - sustaining food security strategies
By Armando Fenequito Jr.
Davao City – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is initiating a program called “Self-Sustaining Food Security Strategy (SSFSS) for Mindanao areas to ensure that the local government units (LGU) are able to quantify their current food supply inventory and identify possible sources for food sufficiency.
Crisis underscore importance of farmers – solons
By Ellson Quismorio
It’s hard to highlight any “positive” developments to come out directly because of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. But if the government plays its cards correctly, local farmers might become more appreciated than ever before as the country moves to secure its food supply.
DENR taps mobile technology to monitor illegal loggers, poachers
By Minerva BC Newman
Cebu City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), PLDT wireless unit, Smart Communications, and Huawei Technologies Philippines (Huawei) are pilot testing an Internet of Things (IoT) solution to illegal logging and poaching in the country’s rainforests.
Hot, Humid in Luzon and Visayas; LPA approaching Mindanao, thunderstorms seen
By Christia Marie Ramos
A low pressure area (LPA) spotted inside the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) will bring cloudy skies and thunderstorms in the Davao Region and South Cotabato, the state weather bureau said Friday.
EcoWaste coalition appeals for reduce waste at home during quarantine
By Niña V. Guno
While families stay home during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, one environmental group calls for households to reduce waste, especially those that come with food.
2 Laguna towns to give veggie seeds, seedlings to residents
By Kimmy Baraoidan
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines — Los Baños and Cabuyao City in Laguna province are planning to give vegetable seeds, seedlings, and produce to locals amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
EcoWaste: Beware of unregistered hygiene, sanitation products
By Christia Marie Ramos
As the country grapples with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, pro-environment group EcoWaste Coalition warned consumers of the presence of unregistered rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer products in the market and online shopping sites.
DENR Bohol stops eco-tourism activities in 16 protected areas
By Rey Anthony H. Chiu
Tagbilaran City, Bohol,  -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is temporarily closing Bohol’s peak attraction, the Chocolate Hills, and 16 other forest and protected areas in Bohol in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 among tour groups. 
DENR underscores role of brgys in zero-waste drive
By Roi Anthoni Lomotan
Dumaguete City-- If solid waste is managed correctly, only five percent of these will go to final disposal facilities. Engr. Marco Andrew Silveron of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO II) here cited this in a briefing with members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) recently.
Coronavirus and climate change: Is there any connection?
By Ludwig O. Federigan
In celebration of my 100th column in this esteemed paper — The Manila Times — I am very excited to share with you the views of one of the climate scientists that I admire and follow — no less than professor Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in the United States. In 2019, she was recognized as Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers and United Nations Champions of the Earth. I have followed her speaking engagements worldwide and have cited her works in my presentations.
Holcim sustains use of alternative fuel
Leading cement maker Holcim Philippines Inc. plans to further increase its consumption of qualified and properly segregated and pre-processed waste as alternative fuel and raw material to manage costs and help address the solid waste problem in the country.
‘Bird of Hope’ mural raises awareness on effects of climate change
Aimed at raising awareness on the different creatures most vulnerable to climate change, PLDT-Smart recently completed a mural featuring a Rufous-headed Hornbill at the rear facade of its Makati General Office.
Lights out for the Earth
It’s difficult to look for any silver lining in the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, which continues to claim lives around the planet. Environmental advocates, however, cite an obvious consequence of suspending much of transport operations by land, air and sea to prevent the further spread of COVID-19: air quality has become much cleaner.
With roads clear, Metro Manila breathes in cleaner air during lockdown
By Gaea Katreena Cabico
The coronavirus pandemic has infected over 400,000 people across the globe, pushed economies on the brink of collapse and put a number of countries on unprecedented lockdowns. But there is one thing benefiting from the stoppage caused by the outbreak: the environment.
CCC in the News
#ChangeThe Ending: Aim for doable, long term environmental solutions this Earth Hour
The world is now caught up in battling a pandemic — and fighting for the environment. With this being said, there is now an even greater need for awareness on the importance of nature and a healthy planet, and for long-term solutions to the current environmental crisis.
This Earth Hour 2020, WWF-Philippines Encourages Filipinos to Help #ChangeTheEnding of the Current Environmental Crisis
March 11, 2020 - Earth Hour, the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, will be held on March 28 at 8:30 PM local time in an effort to bring together millions of people around the world in a show of commitment for the planet. With global biodiversity decreasing at an alarming rate, with millions of species at risk of extinction, and with the planet now faced with runaway global warming, there is now a great need for awareness on the importance of nature and a healthy planet, and for long-term solutions to the current environmental crisis.
Observing Earth Hour from home urged
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-Philippines) urged the public to take part in Earth Hour 2020 from their homes through actions as simple as closing and leaving off non-essential lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Govt told to prioritize health workers’ well-being via emergency powers
By Ellson Quismorio
Now with special powers in tow, Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda said government ought to prioritize the health and wellbeing of frontline medical workers, as some are succumbing to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Legarda bats for stricter regulations on illegal wildlife trade
By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda on Monday called for the stricter global implementation of regulations on illegal wildlife trade to protect biodiversity and avoid public health crises.
Plant food crops at home, in communities – Legarda
By Maricel Cruz
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda on Tuesday urged the planting of food crops in home gardens and backyards as well as community open spaces to promote food security and mitigate global warming.

CCC helps Lanao del Norte LGUs access climate change adaptation funds
Cagayan De Oro – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) extended technical assistance to the local government units of the Province of the Lanao Del Norte on accessing the People's Survival Fund (PSF)—the country’s climate finance mechanism for local climate change adaptation projects.