MRT five times more dangerous than other trains

A comparison of the MRT with US trains reveals that the embattled EDSA transit is not just underfunded but five times more dangerous. Since 2013, the MRT had 3.48 injuries for every 100 million passenger-miles. American light rail, in contrast, gets only 0.7 injuries. Lacks of proper maintenance for the past two years have made the trains unstable. Since 2013 the frequency of glitches has been increasing.

“Management failure caused all these breakdowns and glitches,” explained Engr. Archie Orillosa, an electrical engineer and member of AGHAM-Advocates of Science and Technology for the People." The technology of the train is very well understood by our country's engineers. They know what's wrong, they just don't have the support or directive to fix it," said Orillosa.

Rapid Assessment of the Environmental and Health Impacts of the Estancia Oil Spill Incident


On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) wrought havoc to the greater part of the Visayan Region and resulted to the grounding of the 32-MW Power Barge 103 on the shores of Brgy. Botongon, Municipality of Estancia in the province of Iloilo. As of December 14, 2013, the Philippine Coastguard reported that almost 2 km of the coastline had been dispersed with 200,000 liters of bunker oil. The power barge, which contained 1.4 million liters of bunker oil, is owned by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) and operated by the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR).

Coco industry players unite vs coco pest, toxic pesticide use

Members of the Save the Coconut Industry Movement (SCIM) signed a unity statement in a press conference today to formalize their solidarity in combating the outbreak of coconut scale insects and the proposed use of toxic pesticide. SCIM is composed of scientists, farmers, food security NGOs, businessmen, consumers and other stakeholders in the coconut industry.

“This movement was formed after the outbreak of CSIs in the country and the government’s dismal response to this crisis, considering the huge contribution of the coconut industry in the economy” said Feny Cosico, SCIM spokesperson.

According to Cosico, the CSI outbreak that is bound to affect 3.1 million hectares of coconut farm areas, 3.5 million coconut farmers and the 25 million Filipinos who are directly or indirectly dependent on coconut farming.

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Limited budgetary allocation for research and development in 2014 shows low priority for Science and Technology for PNoy government

Press release
August 10, 2013

Limited budgetary allocation for research and development in 2014 shows low priority for Science and Technology for PNoy government

The 2014 proposed budget claims to fund "inclusive development" by focusing on poverty alleviation and reducing the rate of underemployment. Yet, the limited budgetary allocation for Science and Technology betrays a fragmented strategy to bring this about.

The proposed public funding for DOST is only 0.53% of the total budget for the year 2014. This is way too far from what the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries normally allocate to its science and technology. For scientific research and development alone, these countries devote 2.25% of their national budget.

Findings of the Environmental Investigation Mission (EIM) on the Impacts of the Philex Mining Corporation (PMC) Mine Tailings Pond 3 Failure

Center for Environmental Concerns(CEC), Kalikasan People's Network
for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE), and Advocates of Science and
Technology for the People (AGHAM)


Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Amianan Salakniban, KATRIBU
Indigenous Peoples Partylist, RDC Kaduami, and Bantay Amianan


The PMC TP3 breach that occurred in August of 2012 caused environmental destruction that continuously threatens the lives and livelihood of the immediate communities surrounding the mining operations as well as the communities that are dependent on the watershed ecosystems affected by the pollutants coming from mining. The following are the summary of the findings of the EIM conducted last October 26-28, 20012 with the objective of determining the immediate impacts of the mine tailings spills to the environment and the communities:

Tampakan miner secures ECC as protests mount

Niña P. Calleja
February 22, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

For an official of Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI), proof of the “environmental soundness” of the company’s Tampakan gold and copper project in South Cotabato came in the form of an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

SMI, a company largely owned by global miner Xtrata Copper, said that the ECC served as a go-signal from the DENR—the first step of a long process that would culminate in the construction of an open pit by 2015.

The company hopes to begin commercial operations in 2019.

Fast facts: Who owns Semirara?

Cai Ordinario

Semirara is owned by the 5th richest man in the Philippines, David Consunji. Based on the Forbes list of the 40 Richest Filipinos, Consunji's net worth reached $2.7 billion in 2012. Forbes said Consunji's net worth was borne from construction-related pursuits. Consunji and his 8 children operate DMCI Holdings Inc., the holding firm for all the business interests of the family.

DMCI Holdings was listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange on December 18, 1995 as a holding firm. David Consunji remains chairman of the board of the company, while his son, Isidro, is President.

Electricity rates to rise starting March – ERC

Amy R. Remo
February 19, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Power consumers should brace for higher electricity rates, starting March as the Energy Regulatory Commission allowed the state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. to collect over P53 billion worth of stranded contract costs.

This is equivalent to an increase of 19.38 centavos per kilowatt-hour, which will be collected under the universal charge for stranded contract costs (UC-SCC) component of one’s power bill.

Stranded contract costs are calculated every year as the difference between the contractual payment obligations and the revenue earned from the sale of the contracted energy for eligible, government-managed independent power producers (IPPs).

Reduced Sea Ice Disturbs Balance of Greenhouse Gases

Feb. 18, 2013 — The widespread reduction in Arctic sea ice is causing significant changes to the balance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This is shown in a new study conducted by researchers from Lund University in Sweden, among others.

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