DIPLOMATIC VISIT

 

DIPLOMATIC VISIT

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Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely (right) pays a courtesy call on Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez on Friday, where she conveys the interest of some Australian companies for possible joint venture in local ecotourism.  Lopez, on the other hand, explains her vision of making the country’s  environment better, eyeing Australia as a model due to its “stringent environmental laws”, and of helping poor communities across the country through entrepreneurship. ### 





 

 

 

‘SOCIAL JUSTICE’ RESPONSIVE BUDGET

 ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE’ RESPONSIVE BUDGET

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez assures on Monday members of the House Committee on Appropriations that the proposed budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for CY 2017 is a “responsive budget” to carry out the Duterte administration’s agenda on social justice in the environment sector.  Seated with  Lopez are (from left) Undersecretaries Marlo Mendoza, Demetrio Ignacio and Mario Luis Jacinto. ### 








 

 

 

APPRECIATION

APPRECIATION

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (center) is presented with a certificate of appreciation by officials of the Office of the Senate Secretariat led by Deputy Secretary for Legislation Atty. Edwin Bellen (third from left).  Lopez was guest speaker at the Senate’s flag raising ceremony on Monday where she underscored her plan to work closely with the Philippine Senate to institute reforms in the environment sector “to get the country out of poverty.” Other Senate officials present were (from left): Economic Planning Director-General Ronald Golding; External Affairs Deputy Secretary Peter Paul Pineda; Sergeant-at-arms Major General Jose Balajadia, Jr.; Senate Legal Counsel Atty. Maria Valentina Santana-Cruz; and Administration and Finance Deputy Secretary Atty. Arnel Jose Bañas. ###






 

 

 

GRACING SENATE’S FLAG-RAISING CEREMONY

 

GRACING SENATE’S FLAG-RAISING CEREMONY

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez graces the Philippine Senate’s flag raising ceremony on Monday, sharing her plans with the agency’s officials and employees to transform the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from being a regulatory agency to a strong advocate for social justice.  ### 








 

 

 

PROTECTING LAKE LANAO

PROTECTING LAKE LANAO

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez successfully rallied Fr. Alfredo Ubas Albor (left), chairman of the United Indigenous People’s Alliance of Mindanao and Imam Ebra M. Moxir (right), president of the Imam Council of the Philippines to save Lanao Lake from further deterioration during the first SALUGNAYAN or SALu-salo at UGNAYan para sa Kalikasan held September 1, 2016 at the DENR central office in Quezon City.  Around 80 leaders of various civil society organizations from across the country attended the meeting called by Lopez to build and strengthen partnerships at the grassroots level for the implementation of livelihood projects in 14 convergence areas. ###






 

 

PLANTING ‘HAPPINESS’

PLANTING ‘HAPPINESS’

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Smiles broke out as Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, while planting a “Bignay Kalabaw” seedling, urged volunteers from the Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association (BSFAA) to plant and grow trees “in the name of Gross National Happiness.” Lopez led the launch of BSFAA’s  “Marathon Tree Planting, Tree Growing”  held Wednesday at the UP Arboretum in Quezon City. The project commits BSFAA’s 15,000 active members, through its 50 chapters nationwide, to plant and grow Philippine native trees, on top of the 150,000 trees the group has so far raised in support to the government’s National Greening Program.  Behind Lopez is  BFAA Officer Dr. Rafael Roque. ### 






 

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES

 

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (extreme right, standing) talks about the two principles which she will follow in leading DENR to achieve its goals: Convergence and Area Management. Convergence, she said during a meeting with Environment and Natural Resources Officers (ENROs) of various local government units, means to tie up with other government agencies, while Area Management is managing the two arms of the DENR, the development and the business arm. During the meeting held Wednesday (August 10) at the DENR central office in Quezon City, the ENROs proposed different environmental programs, particularly enhnanced ENR law enforcement at the local level, including conduct of waste-to-energy summit, to Lopez.  Also present in the said meeting is former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn (seated last at the right side). ### 






 

MODEL FOR LIVELIHOOD

 

MODEL FOR LIVELIHOOD

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Former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn listens attentively as Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (extreme right, standing) talks about her past projects as the chair of the ABS-CBN Foundation, one of which is the Ugong Rock in Palawan. Lopez eyes Ugong Rock as a model for other areas in the Philippines to provide livelihood for the community and its local residents. Lopez also invited Hagedorn to the meeting with the representatives of different Environment and Natural Resources Offices of local government units across the Philippines to discuss their proposed environment programs and projects for their localities. ### 





 

 

CALL TO APPEAL

 

CALL TO APPEAL

16-08-23--Call-to-appeal-webMembers of the “Save Antique Movement” have found allies with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (3rd from right) and Fr. Robert Reyes (left).  The group, led by its president Benjamin Magan (2nd from right) paid a courtesy call on the DENR chief in Quezon City to appeal to her to put a stop to the destruction of their livelihood and environment due to irresponsible mining activity in Semirara Island, including issues of land grabbing and displacement.  Also in photo are (from left): Estela Marie Aguirre, Virgilio Sanchez and Jimsy Balestramon (right), all residents of Semirara Island. ### 






 

TESTIMONY

  

TESTIMONY

16-08-24--Testimony-webMembers of the “Save Antique Movement” narrate how their lifestyle and livelihood have been adversely affected by the coal mining project in Semirara during a press conference called by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (right) Thursday (August 11) at the DENR central office in Quezon City.   The group’s president Benjamin Magan (with microphone) also spoke of the destruction of coral reefs and seaweeds, dwindling mangroves and siltation of bodies of water in the area prompting Lopez to issue a “show cause order” to Semirara Mining and Power Corp. to temporarily suspend its environmental compliance certificate.  Also in photo are (from left):  Jimsy Balestramon, president of Sabang Farmers-Fishers Association and Estela Marie Aguirre, also a resident of Semirara.  ### 






 

 

 

 

RUSSIAN ENVOY

 RUSSIAN ENVOY

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Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez (left) presents  to Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev (2nd to the left) and his associate, the adverse impact of mining on the environment during their courtesy visit Thursday (August 11) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City. The visit of H.E. Khovaev aims to explore possible cooperation between the two countries on natural resources management and development, including mine rehabilitation. ###