Officials: Eco-waste plant in city not etched in stone yet

November 18th, 2016 by

THE CITY government clarified that nothing is final yet on the partnership inked between Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and officials of Kitakyushu, Japan.

The clarification came amid speculation that the city government already had an agreement to build a plant here.

The Strategic Environmental Partnership Agreement, signed at the conference hall of city hall Tuesday afternoon, is aimed at developing a joint model project in Davao making the city a “model for intercity cooperation in the Philippines.”

There was no expressed agreement yet that the city would establish the waste to energy plant. Click to Read more >>

Sara slams groups over WTE criticism

November 17th, 2016 by

“They’re barking up the wrong tree,” Mayor Sara Duterte said addressing the Integrated Development Interventions (IDIS), an environment group who criticized her over her partnership with Mayor Kenji Kitakashi of Kitakyushu, Japan for a waste management project.

The mayor clarified the signing was for the technology assistance on waste management of the Kitakyushu Government to the city.

“They are barking up the wrong tree because the WTE (Waste to Energy) is with the private company particularly the Nippon Steel,” Duterte told Mirror. She said the signing was for the technology assistance of the Kitakyushu government to the city of Davao. Click to Read more >>

Metal-eating plants can help restore damaged mining sites

November 6th, 2016 by

DAVAO CITY—Environmentalists are agog with the disclosure about the presence of metal-eating plants endemic in the country, as a scientist revealed they could be harnessed to restore forests and watersheds damaged by mining operations.

The environmentalist organization, Interface Development Interventions (Idis), announced the disclosure, of scientist Dr. Edwino Fernando, that there 20 plant species in the country with known metal-eating characteristics.

The Idis said Fernando and his research team discovered in 2011 the Rinorea niccolifera, a nickel-eating shrub, in Zambales. The group said the recently discovered species was among the 20 species of metallophytes.

“These species are called metallophytes. They can tolerate high levels of heavy metals, such as lead. Some of these will even require the presence of heavy metals in the soil in order to survive,” Fernando told the recent rainforestation capacity training organized by the Rain Forestation Restoration Initiative (RFRI) network at the Ateneo de Davao University.

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