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DENR to thumb down underwater resort

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will not allow the establishment of the 400-hectare underwater resort and theme park being proposed by an American children’s television network in Palawan.
DENR Secretary Gina Lopez told reporters her stand about not allowing the construction of Nickelodeon’s resort even as its proponents promised to protect the ocean and conserve its coral reefs.

In his State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2016, President Duterte spoke out on many of his concerns – among them Laguna Lake. “Itong Laguna Lake, naubos ang mga…wla na ang fishermen. Iyon na lang – one big fish pen to the other…makita mo sa plane every time I go to Davao…And the fishermen are complaining about their loss. Talagang wala na sila; kasi ang maliit na lugar, iyon lang ang kanila.”

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It is gratifying indeed that Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez has integrated sound coastal management into a multi-sectoral governance approach to ensure the sustainability of the country’s coastal and maritime assets, including and particularly Boracay island, the Philippines’ foremost tourist destination.

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On two important issues, President Duterte seems to have amended an earlier decision after meeting with his cabinet and they gave their views and their recommendations.

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President Duterte is waiting for new inputs of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez to get a “better informed view” on the controversial Paris agreement aimed at mitigating catastrophic climate change.

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DENR wants Cebu landfill closed

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has ordered the immediate closure of the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill in Cebu City due to its nearness to the sea.

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