ECO-BUILDERS — The Circle Hostel’s PR/Events Coordinator Jermaine Choa-Peck (left) and a volunteer from Angat Buhay build a planter box made of eco-bricks for an elementary school in Taysan, Batangas. Eco-bricks are plastic bottles stuffed with non-biodegradable wastes.

Recycling plastic — bottles, in particular — will never be enough to solve the country’s garbage and pollution problem.

Read more: ‘Upcycling’ could be the best way to beat the plastic menace


The making of a truly green city begins with calculating its carbon emissions, and then introducing policies that will spur the transition to renewable energy, say officials from San Carlos City in the Philippines.

The SaCasol Solar Farm is divided into four phases which collectively produce 45 MW of solar energy. Image: SaCaSol

San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, the Philippines, was once home to one of the country’s biggest sugar mills. But as the growth of the sugar industry has slowed since the 1980s, the city has sought alternative means of generating revenue. It has harnessed one of its most abundant natural resources: sunshine.

Read more: This small city in the Philippines is taking big steps to curb emissions


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday said it would sue at least 7 hikers from Cebu for causing the blaze inside the Mt. Pulag National Park in Benguet that "endangered" people and forest resources. 

Read more: DENR to sue 7 hikers from Cebu over Mt. Pulag blaze


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