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Google Offers Virtual Dives in World’s Coral Reefs

SAN FRANCISCO—Google late Tuesday began letting users of its online mapping service take virtual scuba dives to explore precious living reefs being surveyed by scientists including in the Philippines. The first underwater panoramic images were added to Google Maps with the help of Catlin Seaview Survey scientific expedition, which hoped that the up-close view of underwater wonders would inspire people to protect them. This is a critical decade for coral reefs, Catlin project director Richard Vevers told Agence France-Presse while providing a preview of the Google reef mapping project. We need to be recording them as fast as we can and involving people to halt the decline, which is alarming at the moment. A small team of Catlin divers used a special camera to capture panoramic imagery woven together at Google Maps and in a special Street View online gallery to let people swim along without getting wet. With these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver or…

Senate Bill to Protect "Sinarapan"

NAGA CITY—The preservation and conservation of the exotic fish “sinarapan,” said to be the world’s smallest commercial fish, will be advanced by a Senate bill that seeks to establish “sinarapan sanctuaries” in Camarines Sur and Albay provinces. With Senators Francis Escudero, Pia Cayetano and Franklin Drilon as authors, Senate Bill No. 3264, now on second reading in the Senate, seeks to place the sinarapan protected areas under the category of wildlife sanctuary, complete with institutional and enforcement mechanisms. The measure seeks to name four small lakes as the fish’s sanctuaries, with all lands surrounding them falling under the classification of “National Park as provided for in the Philippine Constitution.” Under the bill, lakes Manapao (2.7 ha), Makuao (1.03 ha) and Katugday (2.43 ha) in Buhi town in Camarines Sur, and Danao (8.3 ha) in Malinao town in Albay will be protected to ensure the conservation of sinarapan (Mistichthys luzonensis), an endemic fish species found …

DOTC to Bid Out P97M Port Project

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications is set to develop 10 more municipal ports in various parts of the country costing about P97 million. The DOTC said the infrastructure project is being undertaken in anticipation of the increased passengers and cargo throughout in the Philippines. Ports to be developed are in San Andres, Catanduanes; Catarman and Balbagon, Mambajao in Camiguin; Kaputian, Samal in Davao del Norte ; Malimono, Surigao del Norte ; Kiamba, Sarangani province; and Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte. Three ports will also be developed in Sarangani province: the Batuganding wharf, Mabila port, and Patuco port, the DOTC added. The DOTC assured the public that the project, clustered in eight procurement lots, will undergo an open and transparent bidding process where all interested and qualified providers can participate. - Dennis Carcamo www.philstar.com

Labanay Folks Fail to Learn Lesson

What happened at the sea turtle nesting site at Bosdak beach resort on Aug. 24 shows that the government, particularly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, needs to do more in terms of educating the people on protecting our natural resources. The caretakers of the resort, couple Peter and Joan Panti and their seven-year old child Mark Gerwin, were walking along the beach when they spotted a sea turtle digging into the sand, apparently about to lay its eggs. Instead of leaving the turtle alone, they, along with Felix and Juqueta Tabilog, captured the turtle. Barangay officials decided to bring the turtle to the beach house of Engr. Jorge Reyes at Sitio Labanay for safekeeping. Reyes contacted the local office of the DENR, which sent Juliet Araojo and Edith Milan the following day although it was a Saturday. The duo had just released a green sea turtle at Twin Rock beach resort, the 19th successfully returned to the wild under Gov. Joseph Cua’s Save Our Sea Turtles pr…