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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina L. Lopez meets with officials of mining companies on Thursday, urging them to take part in the DENR’s integrated area development approach to create “mini economic zones” that can generate employment, livelihood and income-generating activities in communities where they operate.  Lopez also discussed in the meeting the Total Economic Valuation Framework, which she asked the miners to use in identifying and quantifying the environmental impacts of their operations. ###

Dumagats from Sierra Madre pose with Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples lawyer Josefina R. Agusti (2nd and 1st from right, second row), and Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance, Inc. Chair Rev. Fr. Peter Montallana (left) after receiving their Certificates of Recognition for their participation in the Indigenous Peoples' Summit held Sept. 23-26, 2016 in Quezon City. The four-day summit which brought together IPs from the Sierra Madre including the Dumagat, Agta, Alta, Remuntado, Bugkalot and Ilongot, sought to empower them, present their plight and seek support from the government.###

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explains to media that she is not against mining but said that they (mining firms) should do it in a way “it does not cause suffering” and should have “reverence for the common good”. Lopez made the statement during Tuesday’s press conference where the results of the month-long mining audit were presented to media. Of the 41 metallic mines audited, only 11 “passed” the review. ###

A member of the Dumagat indigenous community from the Sierra Madre signs the "Pahayag" which states their current situation and lists their appeal on issues that affect them, including the need for livelihood opportunities, illegal logging, lack of social services and issuance of certificate of ancestral domain titles. The document was drafted during the Indigenous Peoples Summit held from Sept. 23 to 26 in Quezon City. It will be given to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez. ###

Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim (in maroon dress) welcomes the Dumagats and other indigenous peoples groups from the Sierra Madre to the Indigenous Peoples Summit, themed: "Buhay ng Katutubo at Buhay na Sierra Madre” held at the BMB Training Center in Quezon City. Lim urged the IP participants to care for the mountains of Sierra Madre, which is “your home”. ###