Posted on February 12, 2005 - 11:05pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Culture
Rudy A. Fernandez
February 7, 2005 | The Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: As anyone driving through rural areas can attest, virtual mountains of rice hulls appear at regular intervals where rice mills are located. This typical "waste" stream—-a real problem for the mills--is actually an underappreciated resource waiting to be utilized. One promising initiative is discussed in the article below, where a fuel-efficient rice hull stove has been developed to help solve the twin problems of rice hull disposal and fuelwood scarcity for the rural poor.
Posted on October 9, 2004 - 8:55pm :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
By Rox Peña
October 1, 2004 | Sunstar

TF! Editorial Comment: It is one thing to identify social and environmental problems in our daily context but quite another to meaningfully address them. Gandhi once said, we must be the change that we wish to see externally. And, as the article below discusses, lasting change, whether in the solving the garbage problem or elsewhere, can only occur when individuals are empowered to break personal habits--both in thought and deed.
Posted on October 2, 2004 - 12:26am :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
By Michael L. Tan
22 Sep 2004 | Pinoy Kasi, Philippine Daily Inquirer

TF! Editorial Comment: Culture is often the missing element in sustainable development planning, owing in part, to a lack of understanding of the role of culture much less the interaction between culture, governance and business in modern society. Culture—-where civil society is active--not only builds human, social, and ecological capital, but one can say that there is actually no genuine integral sustainable development to speak of without taking into consideration the three essential spheres of social life, namely, culture, polity and economy. In the article below, Michael Tan recognizes the importance of culture but there is a need to go beyond the aspects of diversity and multiculturalism, that, while important, are incomplete without the other essential aspects and tasks of culture in development.
Posted on September 11, 2004 - 4:23pm :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
By Sreya Banerjee
08 Sep 2004 | Reuters

TF! Editorial Comment: Out of sight, out of mind seems to be the appropriate catch phrase to describe waste management in many urban centers. This mentality, typical of weak states, has exacerbated the decline of health and environmental indices. Excess packaging, lack of awareness and bad habits contribute to the mess. As discussed in the article below, Metro Manila, in spite of a recently passed Ecological and Solid Waste Management Act, has failed to implement a sustainable solution to the 6,700 tonnes of garbage the capital generates every day.
Posted on August 28, 2004 - 5:27pm :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
By Bea Zobel Jr.
Aug 23, 2004 | Inquirer News Service

TF! Editorial Comment: Cultural development is one of the seven dimensions of sustainable development. Although often overlooked in development plans, culture is an integral context for building different forms of capital, including human, social, and ecological. In the article below, the author extols the cultural and ecological highlights of the island province of Bohol which is becoming a model for cultural development.