MORE INVESTMENTS TO BIODIVERSITY

MORE INVESTMENTS TO BIODIVERSITY

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (left) sits down with editor-in-chief Chris Icban (right) of the Manila Bulletin in a roundtable discussion at the publication’s head office. Lopez discusses why investing in biodiversity is more profitable than in mining. She says that “genuine economic growth is when it results to social justice.” Therefore, her choices are based on “those which will benefit the people the most,” and envisions “engineering an economy where all people benefits” so as to uphold the value of social justice. ### 








 

 

PARTNERSHIP FOR BUSINESS AND BIODIVERSITY

PARTNERSHIP FOR BUSINESS AND BIODIVERSITY

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ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Executive Director Roberto V. Oliva (right) and Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc (HARI) CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo seal their partnership to promote business and biodiversity conservationin the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region with a firm handshake, following their signing of a memorandum of cooperation on March 30, 2017 in Manila.  Oliva said the partnership is an important milestone for ACB as it signals the growing involvement of the business sector in the effort to conserve the world’s biodiversity. ### 





 

 

WATER RECYCLING

WATER RECYCLING

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Secretary for Planning Bresilda M. Gervacio underscores the importance of recycling water to address water scarcity during the “Kilos-kilos para sa Tubig” activity held Saturday, March 18, at the Quezon Memorial Circle – Liwasang Aurora.  The event, spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with support from other government agencies and private sector partners, is part of the celebration of Philippine Water Week, leading to the global observance of World Water Day on March 22, with theme:  Water and Wastewater. ### 





 

 

KILOS-KILOS PARA SA TUBIG

KILOS-KILOS PARA SA TUBIG

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), together with other government agencies and private sector partners, treats the public with water craze games and fun activities like zumba dance sungka tournament, water relay, to name a few, on Saturday, March 18, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle –Liwasang Aurora.  The activity entitled “Kilos-kilos para sa Tubig”  is a part of the celebration of Philippine Water Week, leading to the global observance of World Water Day (WWD) on March 22, with theme: Water and Wastewater, to  highlight the need for proper treatment of wastewater to maximize its benefits particularly in agriculture. ### 





 

 

GABRIELA SUPPORTS LOPEZ

GABRIELA SUPPORTS LOPEZ

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (3rd from left)) has earned the unqualified support of the Philippines’ leading women’s rights group GABRIELA, conferring her the title, “Woman of Courage” on Friday, March 10.  GABRIELA was among the countless of organizations pushing for the confirmation of Lopez as DENR secretary.  In photo are GABRIELA officers headed by Secretary General Joms Salvador (2nd from left), Deputy Secretary General Obeth Montes (left), and Vice Chair Gert Libang (to Lopez’s left). ### 






 

 

WOMAN OF COURAGE

WOMAN OF COURAGE

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is recognized as a “Woman of Courage” on Friday, March 10, by GABRIELA, for her “standing up for the general welfare of women, indigenous peoples and the Filipino nation vis-à-vis encroaching interests of commercial despoilers of the environment.” ### 






 

 

NECESSARY STEPS TAKEN

NECESSARY STEPS TAKEN

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (seated, center) responds to Mr. Manuel Galvez (seated, right) of the United Filipino Consumers and Commuters during the first day of her CA confirmation hearing held Wednesday, March 8, at the Senate.  Galvez opposed Lopez’s confirmation as DENR secretary alleging that the air quality monitoring stations purchased by the DENR were “not calibrated and are not giving correct data”.  Lopez said equipment were purchased before her time but nonetheless recognizes the problems that were stated by Galvez, stressing that the DENR “has already investigated the matter and taken steps.” ### 






 

 

NO SACRED COWS

NO SACRED COWS

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Secretary Gina Lopez (seated, center) responds to issues posed by Dr. Carlo Arcilla (seated, right), director of the National Institute of Geological Sciences at University of the Philippines Diliman and an oppositor to her confirmation as DENR secretary, about the two Lopez-owned companies, the First Philippine Industrial Corporation and First Balfour. Lopez says that “there are no sacred cows” and that her family’s companies “will be treated just like everyone else.” ### 






 

 

WITHIN THE LAW

WITHIN THE LAW

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (seated, center) reads some provisions from the Philippine Mining Act to underscore that her action on erring mining operations was consistent with the DENR mandate to protect the environment, during the Commission on Appointments hearing held Wednesday at the Senate.  Lopez issued closure orders to 23 mining operations following a nationwide mining audit. ### 






 

 

CA Confirmation Hearing at the Senate

CA Confirmation Hearing at the Senate


TDay 1 of the Commission on Appointment (CA) hearing for the confirmation of Secretary Gina Lopez, March 8, 2017
 
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#CONNECTED TO THE WILD

#CONNECTED TO THE WILD

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (right), Senator Cynthia Villar (left) and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim grace the launching of the Protect Wildlife Project, March 6, 2017 at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City.  A 5-year project, Protect Wildlife is the first USAID initiative in the Philippines to align with the U.S. government’s newly signed Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 which addresses the global illegal wildlife trade.  The project, to be implemented in close coordination with various government agencies such as the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau, will commence in Palawan, Zamboanga City and Tawi-Tawi. ###