SBMA Chairman putting people and the environment at risk

The dumping of 50,000 MT of nickel ore by an Indonesian Cargo Ship, Pax Phoenix in a vacant lot near Subic Bay should be of major concern to the immediate communities. The ship was docked since August 2013. Almost entirely the whole community are already covered with reddish dusts.

The said ship was forced to dock at the Subic port and asked the permission of the Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Robert Garcia to unload the nickel ore for drying. The dumping of the nickel ore has the go signal of the SBMA Chairman Robert Garcia explaining that the cargo ship has complete documents issued by the Bureau of Customs.

It seems that the Chairman is in need of basic environmental education to understand the potential threat of nickel when emitted as fugitive dusts to the environment.

On Earthquakes and Typhoons: A Scientific Discussion

A public forum entitled, "On Earthquakes and Typhoons: A Scientific Discussion" was held at UP Diliman, Balay Kalinaw last November 19, 2013 to explain the science behind earthquakes and storm surges and to assess risk mitigation measures based on the recent disasters.

There were two presentations for Typhoon Yolanda. Mr. Bernard Allan Racoma explained the profile of Typhoon Yolanda and Project Noah. National scientist Dr Kelvin Rodolfo presented the typhoon-induced geological hazards associated with the reclamation projects in Manila Bay.


Holes in disaster management

A few hours after Super Typhoon Yolanda entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, Project NOAH and our weather agencies have already been predicting the intensity and size of the typhoon. As it neared landfall, local and foreign meteorological agencies and news sources started warning us about the intensity and scale of the storm.
Super Typhoon Yolanda broke records not only as one of the largest typhoons but also as the worst typhoon disaster in the world.

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Free Kim Gargar!


Kim Gargar, a PhD student of Chronobiology from the University of Groningen, was illegally arrested last October 2 by elements of the 67th Infantry Battalion while doing fieldwork for a project in Typhoon Pablo devastated areas. He was caught in a crossfire between government soldiers and the New People’s Army (NPA) and remains in detention at the Mati Provincial Jail.

According to Kim and his lawyer, he was found 1.5 kilometers away from the encounter site injured as he leapt to a gully when he heard shots while he was preparing to observe fireflies in the area. The presence of fireflies are indicators of nearby clean water spots and an unpolluted and healthy environment. Fireflies are highly sensitive to pollutants and chemicals and often inhabit areas such as marshes or wet wooded areas.

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.
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