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The Burden of a Hundred Millionth Filipino

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Way back in college, during my days of SOSC I,  there were only 75 Million Filipinos based on the 1995 population census. I just got back the office today to be welcomed by public school teachers conducting pre-census for 2015.  It is confirmed, the Philippines has reached its 100 million population mark this year and the 2015 census is a confirmation.

It is quite surprising that after the announcement, no one seemed alarmed of the challenge that a hundred million population would bring given the limited resources endowed in this country. My first class in resource economics totally changed my outlook in college, the Philippines has lost its endowment and optimizing resource use is difficult.

Why no big deal about this? Is it a good or a bad thing?  The point is, there lies a challenge ahead and no one is anticipating the burden that something like this will bring about.  If there is a population, there is a population pressure. The science of demographics has been developed to objectively analyze things.

However, analysis is skewed and biased to those who will benefit from the data. Objectivity is rare this days, everyone is self serving. The self serving nature will cloud up the data, until things are totally problematic.

 

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Beyond The Rolling Hills

Beyond The Rolling Hills

Just got back from Malandag, Sarangani Province in Mindanao. We took a land trip to Davao City and the flight back to Manila was horrible. We have to go through a three to four hour delay due to bad weather. Davao City was on halt due to flooding. Upland in Sarangani, flooding is not an issue but the lack of forest cover is sure less protection from  a heavy down pour down  hill.

Clear cut land is a usual site in my travels and it has been common in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  Land has not been properly utilized to maximize its benefits. People in power and  the mass and hordes of proverty stricken people have brazenly utilized land towards degradation without foreseeing the possible tragedies that may lie ahead. Regardless of periodic and seasonal tragedies that were already experienced, not much has changed. Population grows grows grows and land is used brazenly, may be this is what we really want small steps towards our total destruction or we just make ourselves blind because not knowing is not hurting.

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November 1, 2013 · 1:38 pm

The Pig is Getting Big

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I guess this opensource pig was the source of that pig  which won the logo design contest when I was still spending my time with the Philippine Methane Initiative. I haven’t had any connection with my former colleagues but one thing’s for sure, pig waste and manure management have always had a big potential towards emission reduction projects that can be sold in the carbon markets.

For this year, I have experienced very minimal opportunities of dipping into the carbon markets, though I have planned a great snow dive a few years back, there just seems to be no big ocean to dive on. It forces me to become cautious because I might get injured if I dived into shallow waters, especially if that guy on that cubicle is making the pool  more crowded. No bones being broken please! I do miss emission reduction project developments. Though my prior experience was limited to capacity building on making technical people understand what the carbon markets was all about, it was one heck of a great fun! I really do miss this pig quite a while.

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Aerial Spraying Operations

Aerial Spraying Operations

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January 18, 2013 · 6:54 am

Done are the Days of DDT

Advocacies? Sometimes you just could not say no to jobs that feeds your family. I visited Compostela Province here in the Philippines to assess the environmental management system of crop protection aerial spraying operations.  More than systemic pesticide contamination, I was more concerned with my weight gain. People think I am pregnant!

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Greenpeace calls for more stringent checks on GMOs

Greenpeace calls for more stringent checks on GMOs.

Greenpeace calls for more stringent checks on GMOs

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MANILA, Philippines — Environmental group Greenpeace Philippines has urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to be more stringent in checking the entry into the country of imported foodstuff that contain genetically modified organisms.

Greenpeace aired the appeal as the Supreme Court granted its petition for a writ of kalikasan stopping field trials of Bt eggplant in the Philippines.

“Greenpeace believes the granting of the writ of kalikasan to be a recognition of the threats that GMOs pose to human health and the environment. We welcome this as a positive development. GMOs and GMO field trials clearly violate every Filipino’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology, and their invasion into our fields and our diets must be stopped,” said Daniel Ocampo, sustainable agriculture campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Greenpeace said the DA had been lax in approving GMO foods, giving the green light to a total of 67 GMOs for importation, consumption and propagation since 2001, without rejecting a single application.

“The Supreme Court has given hope to Filipinos as its decision now puts into spotlight the country’s flawed GMO approval system, which has never rejected any GMO application, allowing dangerous GMO crops to be planted and eaten by Filipinos. This is an outrage and such a regulatory system that clearly disregards the public good must be scrapped,” he said.

Greenpeace urged the DA to inform the public of GMO foods that enter the country, saying the long-term health effects of these crops and products on the public’s health and on the environment had yet to be fully known.

On April 26, Greenpeace, along with other groups, petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of kalikasan and writ of continuing mandamus against GMO field trials.

The petition sought to stop immediately the field trials on the Bt eggplant, which the group said had led to signs of toxicity in the livers and kidneys of test rats.

A writ of kalikasan is a remedy available to a person or group whose constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology is violated or threatened by an unlawful act of a public official, private individual or entity and affects a big number of people.

A writ of continuing mandamus, on the other hand, is issued by a court in an environmental case directing an agency of the government to perform an act decreed by final judgment until the judgment is fully satisfied. It is filed by the aggrieved party.

“We hope this writ of kalikasan will compel the DA and GMO regulators to review their agenda independent of pressures and the influence of multinational corporations. We are also calling on the people to be more vigilant in protecting our food and on the government to be accountable for regulations that go against protecting our health and the environment,” Ocampo said.

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A Thing for Bananas

A Thing for Bananas

Have you ever wondered where your banana came from? The Philippines is one of the major producers of bananas in the world. A banana will always be a banana, but there is Cavendish, saba, latundan, lakatan and my favorite senorita.

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April 12, 2012 · 1:15 pm