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Monsoon rain to continue in parts of Luzon on June 17

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Satellite image as of June 16, 2018, 5:40 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Pangasinan, Bataan, and Zambales should brace for moderate to heavy rain, while several other areas – including Metro Manila – will have light to moderate rain

MANILA, Philippines (June 16, 2018) — The southwest monsoon will continue to affect the western part of Luzon on Sunday, June 17, as it continues to be enhanced by Tropical Storm Gaemi (formerly Tropical Depression Ester), which had left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening, June 15. Continue reading Monsoon rain to continue in parts of Luzon on June 17

Tropical Depression Ester out, but monsoon rain to persist

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Satellite image of Tropical Depression Ester as of June 15, 2018, 10:30 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Even if Ester is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon

MANILA, Philippines (June 15, 2018) — Tropical Depression Ester left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening, June 15, after accelerating further. Continue reading Tropical Depression Ester out, but monsoon rain to persist

Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

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At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

BOHOL, Philippines (May 27, 2018) — The local government of Bohol passed an ordinance against the establishment of coal power plants in the province, as a response to the people’s demand for a coal-free Bohol. Continue reading Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’

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LESSEN PLASTIC. Environmental advocates, government officials and NGOs proudly shows their reusable CleanSeas tumblers as they urge the ban of single-use plastics. Photo by Bong Santisteban/Rappler

A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year

MANILA, Phillippines (May 27, 2018) — Government and non-governmental organizations on Saturday, May 26 launched the CleanSeas Pilipinas campaign, in hopes of addressing the country’s emerging problem of plastics in Philippine seas. Continue reading In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’

Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

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The Masbate provincial government will no longer authorize the development or operation of any coal-fired power plant

MANILA, Philippines – Masbate, one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines, is no longer allowing the use of coal as a source of energy in a bid to limit its carbon output. Continue reading Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

#StoryOfTheNation: Mindanaoans a year after Marawi siege

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RUINS. Municipal councilor Jalil Mamailaw comes home to a burnt house, Saturday, April 7, in Marawi City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

From the two areas that have been granted access so far, residents found their life’s work either destroyed, burnt, or looted

MANILA, Philippines (May 23, 2018) —  One year after the ISIS-linked Maute Group attacked Marawi, the city and its people are still recovering from the 5-month war that left thousands homeless. Continue reading #StoryOfTheNation: Mindanaoans a year after Marawi siege

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

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URBAN WARFARE. The Philippine military exposes the shortcomings of the Philippine military in urban fighting. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi was a ‘setback’ for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon’s faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a ‘propaganda victory’ for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (May 23, 2018) — Recent developments in the jungles of Sulu are game changers that underscore the country’s continuing battle against armed groups linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) a year since they laid siege to Marawi City. Continue reading War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

Gov’t puts trash traps, warns ‘esteroristas’ in Pasig River

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TRASH TRAP. Instead of catching fish, this net traps garbage in the San Juan River. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler

The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – To stop trash from flowing into the Pasig River, a government agency placed “trash traps” in areas traversed by this body of water, as it threatened to impose sanctions against “esteroristas.” Continue reading Gov’t puts trash traps, warns ‘esteroristas’ in Pasig River

Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

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PYROCLASTIC FLOW. A view of the pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mayon Volcano on January 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of Phivolcs

The volcano in Albay is under Alert Level 3, which means a ‘hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days’

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 16, 2018) — A pyroclastic flow was spotted at the Mayon Volcano in Albay on Monday morning, January 15, as areas around the volcano remain on high alert for a possible major eruption. Continue reading Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

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HEALTH OFFICIALS. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Undersecretary Mario Villaverde answer questions during a media forum on January 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

If deaths or disease come to children who have gotten the dengue vaccine since March 2016, the health department asks parents to report the cases to UP-PGH

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 6, 2018) — A panel of top doctors from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is set to review the deaths of 14 children who had received the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. Continue reading UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia