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  • Environment

    How To Get Control of Your Garbage

    There have been so many issues in the country that are sprouting everyday. Unfortunately, they unnecesarily pre-occupied our minds while we are forgetting the most important thing that we need to be prepared for — the devastating effects of global warming. People dumps billion tons of garbage daily and imagine how it ruining the world. Everyone of us can do something about it, if only we know how to get control of our garbages. Here’s how: 1. Assemble your materials: Your trash, some old clothes, a tarp, thick gloves, about six cardboard boxes, a scale, a pencil, paper, and a calculator. Find sheltered area to prevent wind drift. 2. Dump…

  • Environment

    They Never Saw It Coming

    It’s a no new story to many of us. Accidents happened almost everyday. But the question is, are we taking precautions? You don’t like to be the next victim, right? This less than 2-minute video ad is another innovative way of sending a message to everyone – Eyes On The Road. Haven’t experienced such a high-tech commercial gimmick but hopefully somehow people would take it seriously. Watch this video ad which already gathered more than a million views.

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    Facts About Storm Surge

    Weather forecasters of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) just keep on warning about storm surge. They cannot give a Tagalog term of storm surge, but they can explain how this can happen. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what storm surge is and how it can be very dangerous, especially if the weather observers cannot predict how a typhoon can affect the sea water. What happened in Visayas recently was not the first time. For several incidents, storm surges already recorded since 1589. (click the image to enlarge) Here’s an infographic from the Philippine government which might help us understand storm surge and what we should do before it…

  • Environment

    When Water Begets Death Not Life

    Water is an abiotic factor essential to the survival of living organisms.  Without water, no plant or animal can survive. However, over congested urban areas and worsening poverty has led to pollution and to poor sanitation which in turn cause various illnesses and diseases.  What used to be sources of nourishing water now become havens for bacteria and other elements that cause diseases which most often lead to death. Just recently, UNICEF said that 1,800 of the 2,000 children under the age of five who die daily from diarrheal disease succumb to the illness due to contaminated water, lack of sanitation, or inadequate hygiene.  Furthermore, almost eight million Filipinos are…

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    Vandalism: Politician’s New Venue For Early Campaigning?

    For many politicians — the earlier you campaign, the better. This is said to be helpful especially to those who are newbie in politics. But most traditional politicians (trapo) are into early campaigning, which is supposedly a clear violation of the Omnibus Election Code. Of course, they could have an excuse. Merely posting their faces or names in public places doesn’t mean they are campaigning already. As long as they did not put the word “VOTE” on their posters, they can get away from any liability. But poster makers would probably loss huge profits because politicians and their strategists are very wise now. They do not waste funds on the…

  • Environment

    Total Log Ban in Compostela Valley

    The natural disasters brought by typhoons in the country during the past few years are constant reminders of the abuse inflicted on Mother Nature.  The issue of illegal mining and illegal logging is a long standing problem that the government can’t seem to solve. There are already existing laws to regulate logging and mining activities in the country as well as natural forests preservation laws.  However, it seems that the problem lies within its implementation. The Aquino administration issued Executive Order No. 23 which declared an indefinite nationwide log ban a year ago.  But recent landslide and flooding tragedies has shown that logging activities still continue in the country.  DENR…

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    Local Hog and Poultry Industry Cries Foul Over BOI Decision

    The government might not admit it, but the rice importation is already killing the local farmers. Next, are the hog and poultry producers? Is the Aquino administration turning blind into the plight of the local agriculture industry? Hog and poultry producers in the country are up in arms over a recent decision by the government allowing a Thailand-based agribusiness company to operate a multi-billion peso integrated facility in the country. “All our hard work, blood, sweat and tears will be put to waste if the Thai company is allowed to operate here. It will not only kill the business of local producers who worked very hard for many years but…

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    Anti-Crime Measures That You Should Know

    As the holiday season is approaching, the crime rate is increasing. The intensified police visibility can help to deter crimes but it doesn’t mean the public should rely on the authorities alone. Awareness and alertness are necessarily to avoid unnecessary loosing lives. If your instinct tells you that the man at the side of a lady seating in font of you is a suspected hold-upper, would you just turn blind? Or you will think of a safer way to alert your co-passengers? Recently, an incident of jeepney hold-up was foiled by the police marshals. The armed suspect was instantly killed before it hurt the passengers. The area where the incident…

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    Tips For An Environmentally-Safe All Saint’s Day

    As the Philippines prepares for the commemoration of All Saint’s Day this week, an environmentalist group, Kalikasan encourages the public to help observe these seven simple tips and reminders for an environmentally-safe undas: 1. Use and reuse candles safely. Make sure that they are not left unattended at home or in the cemetery. Avoid placing them beside materials that can easily catch fire. Reuse old or leftover candles if possible. 2. Reduce waste. You can reduce the amount of waste by planning ahead for the long break. At the cemetery, food and drinks can be stored in reusable containers. 3. Prevent littering and use garbage bags. When in the cemetery,…