New river ferry terminal in Sta. Mesa

The MMDA ferry service opens a new terminal in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Since it started operations, the MMDA ferry has alleviated the traffic problem in the city. Other local government units also plan to open their own ferry terminals.

7 year old boy drowned in Manila

  A seven year old boy drowned when he swam in a canal in Manila due to heavy rains. The victim was identified as Jonard Pinochio who was found dead at 3:45 a.m. Friday, June 27, at the  Estero de Mapua in Manila. The victim’s mother said Jonard had gone missing for five days before he was found dead at the Manila canal Friday dawn. Reports said the boy decided to swim at the Estero […]

SSS increases pensions, funeral grants

The Social Security System (SSS) revealed today the terms of its new 10-percent across-the-board pension increase for work-related claims under the Employees’ Compensation (EC) Program and the doubled EC funeral grant, which now stands at P20,000. Both increases will be implemented retroactively, with September 2013 as the date of effectivity. SSS Vice President for Benefits Administration, Agnes San Jose, said in a statement that the pension hike covers about 17,200 active EC pensioners under SSS […]

The search for Philippine Eagles of the Mingan Mountains

 Text and photos by J Kahlil Bohol Panopio | Haribon Foundation  We received a report last February that there was a recent sighting of a juvenile Philippine eagle in the Mingan Mountains of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. This led to the formation of a team to validate the sighting and document the presence of Philippine Eagles in the area. Figure 1. The Mingan Montains in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija where its lowland dipterocarp forest is a habitat […]

Philippines says China’s new official map shows “unreasonably expansive claim”

MANILA, Philippines — China’s newly unveiled official map, which includes an expanded claim in the South China Sea, violates the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a Palace official said on Thursday.China appears to have extended its maritime claims from the original nine-dash line to a ten-dash line, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during a press briefing. “To put it simply, dinrowing lang nila ‘yon. Lahat naman ng drawing […]

Hope for the Philippine Eagle and the Forests

As the environment month of June comes to a close, the Haribon Foundation enjoins the whole country and the international community in celebrating the discovery and validation of the presence of a pair of adult Philippine Eagles and one juvenile in Mt. Mingan straddling the provinces of Nueva Ecija and the inclusion of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wild life Sanctuary on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List. These two […]

Government-led tree cutting hounds Philippine Arbor Day

June 25 is designated as Philippine Arbor Day, a day for planting trees and ornamental plants and other form or relevant activities to promote a healthier ecosystem. Arbor Day is a holiday where individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. It originated in Nebraska City in the United States in 1872. Proclamation No. 643, s. 2004, declared June 25 as Philippines Arbor Day. It calls for the active participation of all government agencies, including […]

CCP announces names of new National Artists

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) announced six new National Artists whose proclamations had been signed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III on June 20, 2014. Affirmed by the president are Cirilo F. Bautista, Francisco Coching, Francisco Feliciano, Alicia Garcia Reyes, Ramon P. Santos and Jose Maria Zaragoza. Three others who were proclaimed in 2009, namely Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Manuel Conde, and Lazaro Francisco, will be included in the conferment ceremony to be […]

Aquino returns from successful Japan trip

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno S. Aquino III returned to Manila Tuesday night following his one-day working visit to Japan, where he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, addressed a peace seminar and visited a memorial for wartime victims in Hiroshima.During their meeting, President Aquino and Prime Minister Abe exchanged views on current developments in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and the East China Sea.The President said the Philippines wants […]