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Here Comes the Rain Again

Its been raining again for several days now and its unusual at this time of year. As I was listening to the news last night, PAGASA people were complaining about the abnormal weather pattern. And its worrisome that as of this writing, there were reports of 14 landslide starting at the stretch of San Miguel down to Viga.

But what makes our place interesting, is for a Japanese researcher based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is working to study the pattern of landslides in our place using satellite remote sensing technology. And among the many islands in southeast asia, our place was chosen because of our climate, no pronounced dry and wet season.

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Catanduanes Watershed Forest Reserve

Site description: Catanduanes is an island of 182,300 ha which lies about 10 km off the tip of the Caramoan Peninsula in southern Luzon. The terrain on the island is hilly, particularly in the central portion, but the highest point only reaches just over 800 m. The substantial forests which remain in central Catanduanes are therefore all lowland dipterocarp in type, and are the largest remaining forest block in the whole of the Bicol Region. Forest is found above 490 m, and is estimated to cover a total of about 69,770 ha. It includes considerable areas of old growth dipterocarp forest (reported in 1997 to cover 5,876 ha), and closed-canopy forest in areas that show evidence of having been logged. These forest areas are the source of water for Catanduanes Province. One hydropower project is currently operational, that supplies power to urban areas of the island. The forest areas was proclaimed as a Watershed Reserve in 1987 because of these important function, the whole area is sta…

Philippine Mining Act of 1995

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