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National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chair Leonor Quintayo affirms the commitment of the NCIP to protect not only the welfare of IPs but also the mountains of Sierra Madre which is their home. “Sierra Madre has many ancestral domains which the government, in partnership with the IP communities, should be responsible for,” Quintayo said.  The IP Summit was held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center in Quezon on the occasion of the Save Sierra Madre Day on September 26. ###

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. ###

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. ###

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. ###

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.  ###