Marikina Watershed Summit – A Recap

Last week, May 29, 2014, The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) hosted the first ever Upper Markina Watershed Summit. As I have mentioned in posts previous, the Marikina Watershed Initiative began after Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, which killed 464 people. Around 160 people attended the all-day summit at the Bureau of…

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Urban Ecology – Greenspaces in Manila

I have been meaning to post about this topic for a few months now. It is so interesting, but I have really struggled to find the words and the right context to write about it. I don’t think I could ever find the right context about this issue, especially in Manila, but hopefully my perspective as an outsider is of…

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Protect your lungs

There is one item that I’ve seen here in Manila that I think pretty much sums up life in modern Asian cities more than any other, the designer air-filtration mask. The masks are designed to protect against all airborne pollutants, including diseases. Winter is the worst season for smog in Asia for a number of reasons. First, the rainiest season…

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Tayabasan Sub-watershed, a look at a not so simple life

On the surface, and after being in Manila, a visit to Tayabasan makes life seem simple there. Most of the livelihoods of the people there come from subsistence rice farming. We were there to investigate some of the livelihood activities in the context of an effort to reforest the heavily deforested watershed. ¬†Estimates in the past have found that 2,500…

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