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DENR assures IPs: no eviction from ancestral lands

The indigenous peoples (IPs) from Mindanao who have been holding a series of protest actions in Metro Manila got an assurance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that they won’t be evicted from their ancestral lands. In a meeting with the IPs at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, DENR Secretary Gina Lopez said the IPs have “exclusive right” over their ancestral lands amid continued plunder and militarization of ancestral lands across the country. Lopez also directed DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo to look deeper into issues being raised by the IPs. “I want you to investigate the various issues being raised, and address them,” Lopez told Montejo, who in turn assured the IPs of immediate assistance from the DENR. Lopez also explained to the IPs the DENR’s …

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Ash traces found in brgys surrounding Bulusan following eruption

Small pyroclastic flow and traces of ash were observed from the slope of Mt. Bulusan and nearby communities following two phreatic eruptions Sunday afternoon, October 23. The two events at 3:31 p.m. and 3:39 p.m. were recorded as explosion-type earthquakes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Both eruptions lasted for a total of 15 minutes. The first eruption originated from the summit crater of Mt. Bulusan, which produced a dirty-white to grayish ash column 2.5 kilometers high that then drifted west-southwest. Phivolcs said this particular event generated small pyroclastic flow that cascaded downslope approximately two kilometers from the summit. Traces of ash were found in barangays Gabao, Bulawan, Gulang-gulang, Monbon, Cogon and Tinampo in Irosin town. Barangay Bolos in Irosin and Brgy. Caladgao in Juban town saw half-millimeter-thick ash, while the thickest ash—about 1 …

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‘Lawin’ damage to agriculture, fisheries tops P10.2 B, says DA

Super-typhoon Lawin’s (Haima’s) damage to agriculture and fisheries has reached P10.2 billion in northern Luzon, with rice, corn, and vegetable suffering the highest losses, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). DA Secretary Manny Piñol flew to Kalinga via military chopper to assess damage brought by Lawin in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley). Based on initial assessments, the damage inflicted on the agriculture and fisheries sector “does not yet fully reflect the destruction brought by super -typhoon Lawin in these regions as we are still in the process of assessing all sectors,” Piñol said. During his visit, Piñol met with Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac to discuss plans of action to help farmers and fishers cope with the damage, and immediately recover their livelihoods. He immediately ordered all officials and personnel of DA to provide food …

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Mt. Bulusan still restive

Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon has generated 29 volcanic earthquakes, accompanied by visible emission of white steam rising above the volcano's vent, based on a 24-hour observation period conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Phivolcs observed "wispy to moderate" emission of white steam plumes that rose up to 350 meters from the active vents and drifted northwest. It said sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 102 tonnes/day last October 21. SO2 emission tends to increase through time as magma degasses with increasing rates as it moves up from great depths beneath the volcano, it explained. Meanwhile, the precise leveling data obtained on August 16-25 indicated slight inflationary changes of the edifice relative to May, 2016. "Similar inflationary trends were recorded by continuous GPS (global positioning system) measurements September …

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Cold ‘amihan’ winds coming this week

The warm and moist easterly winds coming from the Pacific Ocean will prevail in the next few days as the country begins to transition to northeast monsoon or “amihan” season. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the easterlies will prevail over the eastern section of Luzon this week. The easterlies manifest the transition period towards the northeast (NE) monsoon season, which may commence on the latter part of the month. Northeast monsoon is a cold weather-associated system that prevails from late October to early March, which usually peaks during February. This Sunday, the whole country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern section. Meanwhile, light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and …

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DENR to unveil eco-friendly livelihood program PH-wide

At least 29 areas nationwide have been identified by the government for transformation into "income-generating" sites to improve the lives of marginalized communities. Through the Area Management Program (AMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),  Secretary Gina Lopez said the goal is to make the areas self-sustaining where people will be free from hunger and poverty. "The AMP will provide alternative sources of livelihood that promote the preservation of the environment and natural resources," Lopez pointed out. Of the 29 priority areas, 13 are located in Luzon, six in Visayas, and 10 in Mindanao. The AMP areas in Luzon are Chico River and Mt. Pulag in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Zambales; Laur in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija; Sierra Madre in Cagayan; Sierra Madre in Nueva Ecija; Kaliwa Watershed in Marikina and Sierra …

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12 areas under Signal No. 1 as ‘Lawin’ intensifies

Typhoon “Lawin” (international name “Haima”) continues to gain strength and could reach super-typhoon category before its expected landfall over Cagayan province on Thursday. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio warned the public, especially those still reeling from the devastation caused by typhoon “Karen,” as Lawin’s winds and rains could cause severe damage because of the storm’s huge diameter of 650 kilometers, which could cover the whole Northern and Central Luzon. The eye of typhoon Lawin is threatening to pass through Cagayan province early Thursday, then cross Apayao and Ilocos Norte by morning on its way to the West Philippine Sea. But even if it will not reach super-typhoon category, Lawin remains a destructive tropical cyclone as it is stronger than Karen that barreled through Northern and Central …

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Poll: More Pinoys have ‘little trust’ in big China

More Filipinos have expressed “little trust” in China in the past three months, amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s apparent foreign policy shift toward the emerging superpower, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results. The third quarter nationwide survey conducted last Sept. 24-27 among 1,200 respondents found 55 percent of Filipinos have “little trust” in China, 19 percent were undecided whether they have much trust or little trust, and 22 percent have “much trust” in the country. This translates to a net trust rating of “bad” -33, which is lower than the -24 (51 percent little trust, 27 percent much trust) registered during the second quarter SWS survey fielded in June. Net trust ratings of +70 and above is classified by SWS as “excellent;” +50 to +69, “very good;” +30 to +49, …

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Bulusan danger zone extended by 2km

The permanent danger zone around Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon has been extended by two more kilometers, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) declared Tuesday, October 18. Phivolcs said the two-kilometer extended danger zone (EDZ), encompassing barangays Mapaso, San Roque and Patag, was declared due to the increased volcanic activity. The agency noted the dangers of low-magnitude phreatic or ash eruptions from the volcano emanating its northwest vents, summit crater and southeast vents. “The southeast vents thus pose a potential source of eruption that is close to the populated villages of barangays Mapaso, Irosin, and San Roque, Bulusan, endangering these with the volcanic hazard of impacting large ballistic ejecta,” Phivolcs said. Phivolcs advised local government and disaster management officials to be extra vigilant and conduct precautionary measures to ensure the safety of residents of the concerned barangays. Specific …

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SWS survey: Pinoys still trust US over China

President Rodrigo Duterte’s diplomatic pivot to China may not sit well with Filipinos who still hold the United States in high regard, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey, conducted on September 24–27 with 1,200 adults nationwide and a ±3 percentage-point error margin, found that 55 percent of Filipinos have “little trust” in China, with 22 percent having “much trust” and 19 percent undecided. This means China had a “bad” -33 net trust rating, down nine points and a grade from the “poor” -24 rating posted in June 2016. According to SWS, in only seven instances had China posted positive net trust rating out of the 40 surveys since August 1994. Its highest trust rating was as a “moderate” +17 in June 2010, just before the start of former president Benigno Aquino …

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