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“The world is watching as the Philippines Senate looks set to approve the most progressive and risk-proportionate vaping legislation in Asia Pacific. We’re hoping other countries in the region will then follow their lead,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA).
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Published on 22/07/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Health, Politics
Tags: e-cigarette, Tobacco, vaping
Residents of Dumaguete City are up in arms over a massive offshore reclamation project being spearheaded by their local government. Voting 6-3, the Dumaguete City council last week approved a motion authorizing Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo to forge a joint venture agreement with Quezon City-based construction company E.M. Cuerpo Inc. on the proposed P23-billion Dumaguete Smart City Reclamation Project, which aims to add 174 hectares of reclaimed land to the current city coastline.
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Published on 22/07/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Business, Environment, Fauna and flora, Politics
Tags: Dumaguete, marine, Project
A clear and troubling consensus has emerged in the American national security community that the Taiwan Strait is the most likely place for a major war to erupt between the United States and China; that it might start soon, and that such a conflict might quickly escalate into a nuclear confrontation.
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Two months ago, I had a Zoom meeting with fisherfolk from Zambales who complained that their fish catch had been dwindling because huge Chinese trawlers have been scooping the fish in their traditional fishing grounds in the West Philippine Sea, leaving them with smaller fish. Filipino fishermen use only wooden boats with outriggers that are dwarfed by the huge steel-hulled Chinese trawlers
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Published on 22/07/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Communities, Fauna and flora, Politics
Tags: Chinese, Duterte, fish, fishermen, fishing
In the town of Pilar in the central Philippines, a community of 11,308 residents looks after one of the most successful marine protected areas in the country: the Pilar Municipal Marine Park (PMMP). Established in 2005, the 179-hectare (443-acre) park stands out among the thousands of MPAs in the Philippines, which experts say are only protected on paper.
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Published on 04/07/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Communities, Environment, Travel
Tags: community, coral, country, fish, fishing, government, Island, marine, System
How could they forget the terrifying moments when the bright, rainy afternoon of June 15, 1991, suddenly turned into a very dark night and mud rained down from the sky? How could they forget how the subsequent lahar flows buried densely populated communities in a blink of an eye? This was the primary reason why the Center for Kapampangan Studies at the Holy Angel University (HAU) in Angeles City decided to establish a Pinatubo Museum in 2016.
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Published on 03/07/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Culture, Environment, History
Tags: Kapampangan, Pampanga, Pinatubo, river, Volcano
The hot pink dragon fruit has become increasingly popular among both locals and foreigners who are curious about whether it tastes as good as it looks. Slice it open, and you are greeted with either a white or a red pulp dotted with black seeds. It is quite sweet and also versatile since it can also be processed into a vitamin-packed and refreshing beverage.
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Published on 03/07/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Business, Environment, People
Tags: dragon fruit, farming, Fruit, Market