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Internet Access is a Human Right – UNITED NATIONS

The House of Representatives aims to pass on second reading on March 15 before adjournment the proposed “Free Public Wi-Fi Act” which mandates the government to install broadband hotspots in public areas that will provide a stable and reliable wireless internet connection at all times. In a hearing of the committee last March 8, House […]

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Due Process Requirements Respected in Mine Closures – LUNA

  Top Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials on Sunday belied claims made by the Chamber of Mines against DENR Secretary Gina Lopez during last week’s confirmation hearings that she did not follow due process in the cancellation of 23 mining permits last February. The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) is […]

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I Cannot Compromise the Environment – DUTERTE

Those blocking the confirmation of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez should rethink their opposition to the environment chief because she is just doing her job. This according to President Rodrigo Duterte, who on Saturday defended Lopez while taking a swipe at the mining industry for the damage it has caused […]

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Commission on Appointments to Vote for, or Against, the Environment and Future Generations – VALDEZ

  Environment Undersecretary Art Valdez, who led the country’s first contingent that conquered Mount Everest in 2006 and 2007, underscored on Tuesday the importance of the Commission on Appointment’s vote on the confirmation of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez, who again faces the CA on March 8. “Tomorrow’s CA vote […]

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Multi-Agency Four Billion-Peso Effort to Produce Green Jobs in Closed Mines – LOPEZ

As many as 30,000 households could benefit from green jobs that will be generated by a multi-agency four billion-peso investment in three provinces that will be affected by mine closures as a result of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) mining audit that shut down mines near watersheds in Surigao Del Norte, Surigao […]

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Duterte Gives Green Light for Paris Agreement on Climate Change

President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This pact is the first-ever legally-binding global deal on climate change signed by almost all countries in the world. It was inked IN December 2015 by almost 200 nations who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Duterte […]

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Government to Build a Mega-Rehab Center in Mindanao

A P700-million drug rehabilitation center will soon rise in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, to help drug users turn over a new leaf, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno said on Monday. Sueno said that the DILG, the Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS) and the Department of Health (DOH) recently signed an agreement […]

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Government to Build Mindanao Railway System From Davao to Zamboanga

Major infrastructure projects in Mindanao have been few and far between. While there may have been some here and some there, nothing in the scale, extent and magnitude of a P130 billion project has ever been seen, heard or felt, at least in recent memory. This predicament will soon change with the proposed 2,000-kilometer Mindanao railway […]

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Task Force Duterte Lanao Power Hits the Ground Running

Barely a month after Task Force Duterte Lanao Sur Power took over the operations of the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Lasureco), employees of the electric cooperative (EC) are now receiving their salaries on time, as Lasureco Acting General Manager Nordjiana Ducol bared plans to rehabilitate the ailing coop. “As a result of our […]

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Creation of a Philippine Space Agency is Much Needed – GUEVARRA

  The House committees on government reorganization and on science and technology are now jointly consolidating several proposals to create a Philippine space development and utilization policy and a Philippine Space Agency (PSA) in response to the growing need for a more secure and independent access to space. The two committees recently approved the creation […]