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  • Phl-Indonesia sea border pact takes effect 

    Flores, Helen (The Philippine Star, August 3, 2019, on page 10)
    The historic agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia that establishes the boundary of their exclusive economic zones (EEZs) took effect on Thursday after two decades of negotiations, the Department of Foreign Affairs ...
  • Leni backs DFA on non-binding fishing agreement 

    Flores, Helen (The Philippine Star, July 8, 2019, on page 9)
    Vice President Leni Robredo backed yesterday Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s position that the verbal fishing agreement between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping is not legally binding. ...
  • Phl wins third consecutive term in Unesco's oceanographic body 

    Lee-Brago, Pia (The Philippine Star, July 10, 2019, on page 4)
    The Philippines won a seat on the executive council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO) for the period 2019-2021, the ...
  • Rody: GemVer incident small because nobody died 

    Mendez, Christina (The Philippine Star, July 10, 2019, on page 6)
    While investigators have described the June 9 sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in Recto Bank as a serious concern, President Duterte dismissed it as a “very small” incident because he said had left ...
  • Locsin questions list of ocean-polluting countries 

    Lee-Brago, Pia (The Philippine Star, July 15, 2019, on page 2)
    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has called the inclusion of the Philippines in the list of eight countries responsible for 63.6 percent of ocean trash as “shameful” but questioned whether there are nations not ...
  • Cimatu to address garbage problem hounding Pasig River and tributaries 

    (The Philippine Star, September 18, 2019, on page G2)
    Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary and Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) chairperson Roy Cimatu said that he will address the longstanding garbage problem hounding the Pasig River ...
  • Tech startup develops 3D geospatial mapping of marine areas 

    Ronda, Rainier Allan (The Philippine Star, August 8, 2019, on page B10)
    A tech startup has developed capability to undertake marine or underwater three-dimensional geospatial mapping and analytics that can be used for marine resources mapping and conservation. The 3D underwater geospatial ...
  • Ex-DFA chief: Phl should present SCS ruling before UN 

    Lee-Brago, Pia (The Philippine Star, September 18, 2019, on page 2)
    Addressing the United Nations General Assembly next week will be an excellent opportunity for the country to seek the help of the international community in compelling China to comply with the 2016 ruling of an arbitral ...
  • Phl bans foreign marine survey ships 

    Lee-Brago, Pia; Punongbayan, Michael; Ong, Ghio (The Philippine Star, August 13, 2019, on page 4)
    As reports of alleged presence of Chinese survey ships in Philippine waters sparked security concerns among the public and the military, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he will ”universalize” the ban on ...
  • DOTr chief suspends PCG, Marina execs over Iloilo mishap 

    Mercurio, Richmond; Ramirez, Robertzon; Villanueva, Rhodina; Lazaro, Ramon Efren; Santos, Rudy (The Philippine Star, August 9, 2019, on page 1-8)
    Officials of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) in Western Visayas were relieved following last week’s sea tragedy at the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait that killed 31 people. Transportation ...
  • Search for Iloilo mishap victims ends 

    Ramirez, Robertzon (The Philippine Star, August 8, 2019, on page 6)
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) terminated its search and rescue operations yesterday after retrieving all 31 casualties in the boat-sinking incident in the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait, four days after the tragedy. PCG spokesman ...
  • Good things come to those who "bait" 

    (The Philippine Star, August 8, 2019, on page 11)
    This has been the case for Joel Paloso for the past two decades. What started out as his passion, Mr. Paloso is now a household name in the remote municipality of Dilasag, Aurora because of his contributions to fishers in ...
  • Duterte, Xi to plug holes in fishing deal? 

    Pascual, Federico D. Jr. (The Philippine Star, August 8, 2019, on page 8)
    Before the Duterte-Xi “verbal” fishing deal gets the Philippine president into trouble with the Constitution, he will have a chance to plug the loopholes in the agreement when he meets China’s paramount leader in Beijing ...
  • Europe won't coalesce to recognize SCS ruling - Locsin 

    Lee-Brago, Pia (The Philippine Star, July 13, 2019, on page 2)
    European countries are unlikely to form a coalition to recognize the arbitral ruling invalidating China’s nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea as they are “desperate” for Chinese money. “Dangerous to form a coalition ...
  • Lio Beach takes environmental awareness to the next level 

    (The Philippine Star, September 17, 2019, on page B10)
    In addition to raising awareness for the global marine environment, this September’s International Coastal Cleanup Day at Lio Beach in El Nido, northern Palawan, has evolved into a full-scale celebration of its unique and ...
  • New whale sharks counted in Donsol 

    Villanueva, Rhodina (The Philippine Star, September 6, 2019, on page E6)
    One hundred and four new whale shark individuals have been identified in Ticao Pass off the coast of Donsol between January and June 2019, according to a report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines. Whale ...
  • Rody to 'ignore' SCS ruling for 60-40 deal with China 

    Romero, Alexis; Flores, Helen (The Philippine Star, September 12, 2019, on page 1-10)
    The Duterte administration will ignore the 2016 international arbitral court ruling favoring the Philippine position on the South China Sea to ensure “economic activity” in the country’s exclusive economic zone, including ...
  • App to identify crab species launched 

    (The Philippine Star, August 11, 2019, on page B2)
    Crabifier, a mobile app that identifies mangrove crab species at the juvenile stage, was recently launched. Developed by the Technologies for Biodiversity Use and Conservation (TechBiodive) Unit of the De La Salle University ...
  • Pag-asa island not for tourists — official 

    Laude, Jaime (The Philippine Star, August 3, 2019, on page 3)
    The plan to develop Pag-asa island in the Spratlys into a tourist spot would only bring more trouble to the island, a ranking security official said yesterday. “Pag-asa island is a municipality. It’s very good to put hotels ...
  • Del Rosario: Take SCS ruling to UN General Assembly 

    Lee-Brago, Pia; Villanueva, Ralph Edwin (The Philippine Star, August 2, 2019, on page 6)
    Since China has not stopped its bullying in the West Philippine Sea, former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario said the Philippines needs to drum up international support to compel Beijing to comply with an arbitral ...

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