Rare Philippine eagle chick born in captivity

A rare Philippine eagle chick has hatched in captivity, giving conservationists hope for the critically endangered bird. The eaglet, which has yet to be named, is the first of its kind to be born at a conservation centre in the southern Davao province in two years. Thirty four eagles, including the hatchling, are currently being kept in a massive cage …

Kabataan app clues youth in on voter pulse through mock polls

Soon, voters can turn to their mobile phones to see who among the presidentiables have the best chance at being the country’s next leader. The Kabataan Partylist on Thursday launched the Kabataan, Tayo ang Pag-asa (KTAP) app which allows mobile internet users to participate in mock election polls ahead of the national elections on May 9 next year. The KTAP …

How Philippines is battling to cash in on coconut craze

(CNN) — It’s hailed as a super food and its uses extends to hair conditioner and mosquito repellant. The world is having a love affair with all things coconut. As the world’s second biggest producer of the fruit, the Philippines is a major source of these products consumed around the world. But an aging tree population and damage from natural …

Philippine tarsier is on most endangered list with half of world’s primates

SINGAPORE—More than half the world’s primates, including apes, lemurs and monkeys, are facing extinction, international experts warned on Tuesday, as they called for urgent action to protect mankind’s closest living relatives. Species long-known to be at risk, including the Sumatran orangutan, have been joined on the most endangered list for the first time by the Philippine tarsier and the Lavasoa …

Philippines battles climate dilemma

A developing country dubbed one of the most vulnerable to climate change has confirmed controversial plans for more coal-fired power stations. The president of the Philippines has told the BBC the new coal plants are needed to meet demands for energy. This comes despite environmental groups and some leading Filipino politicians arguing that coal is one of the biggest contributors …

900th whale shark found in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – A team of researchers from the Large Marines Vertebrate (LAMAVE) Project found the 900th whale shark recorded in the world on November 15, 2015 in waters off Southern Leyte. Reaching the 900th whale shark is a milestone for a species that many had thought had dwindled in 1998. The team verified the find by taking a photo …

China ‘must stop’ land reclamation in South China Sea – Obama

He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila. Mr. Obama earlier pledged monetary and naval assistance to the Philippines, which has competing claims with China in the resource-rich region. China – which claims most of the South China Sea – has repeatedly stated that its dredging work is legal. …

Comelec Eyes New Rules for Use of Social Media in Political Campaigns

Using social networking outreach tools such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter, a number of Democratic and Republican candidates raised money, identified supporters, and brought people in closer touch with the electoral process. The Comelec is examining the possibility of creating new guidelines for the use of the social media by politicians for their campaigns in the 2016 national elections. …

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Telstra plans US $1B for Philippines telco venture, slams incumbents over ‘lousy service’

Australian telecommunications company Telstra will spend up to US$1 billion for a planned wireless joint venture with San Miguel Corporation in the Philippines, the company’s CEO Andrew Penn told investors today. That’s just Telstra’s share in the joint venture. Partner San Miguel, a conglomerate with diversified interests in the Philippines, will also invest in the business, along with some banks …