An international ocean conservation group has called for the formulation of science-based policy for the protection of the Philippine Rise as a precautionary approach to ensure sustainable use of the resources in the region, before any human activity can even be considered in the area.

(Photo courtesy of Oceana/UPLB/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

According to Oceana Philippines vice president Gloria Ramos, the signing of a presidential proclamation declaring 17,000 hectares of the Philippine Rise as marine protected area and another 300,000 hectares as fisheries management area “paves the way for the conservation, management, and protection of corals, fisheries, and the rich biodiversity.”

Read more: Climate change, overfishing pose threats to Philippine Rise



The climate change resilient pilot house (CCRPH) of the Bicol State College for Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) in Naga City, Philippines is ready for scaling up as it secures approval from the Accreditation of Innovative Technologies for Housing (AITECH) of the Philippine National Housing Authority (NHA) last December 2017.

Read more: Climate-resilient housing technology in Naga state college, ready for scaling up


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