Lopez thanks Duterte, vows to continue pro-environment campaigns » Manila Bulletin News

Manila Bulletin Philippines

Breaking News from the Nation's leading newspaper

Tempo

Online Newspaper

Showbiz and Celebrity News

Sports News

World News
News Asia

The Nation's Leading Newspaper

Monday, May 29, 2017 30° Partly cloudy

Lopez thanks Duterte, vows to continue pro-environment campaigns

Published

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Secretary Gina Lopez thanked President Duterte for her reappointment in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as she vowed to continue her pro-environment campaigns.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez (JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez
(Credits: JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN file photo)

“I knew of my signing two weeks before and yes, I am happy and determined to make a difference,” said Lopez.

Despite the dismay of mine companies on her ad interim appointment, Lopez maintained she is open to working with the mining industry, as long as operations abide by the law.

“I will work with the mining industry to make peoples lives better. But as a matter of principle, I cannot sacrifice the well-being of our people at the altar of business profit. It’s morally wrong and it’s also against the law,” she said.

Lopez said that while she understood that mining operations contribute to government revenues, mines that endanger surrounding communities would not be allowed.

Lopez, along with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments before Congress went on a session break last March 18.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Related Posts

  • anne_mobile

    Thank you, ma’am! No matter what people say, stand your ground because no amount of money will equal the beauty and bounty the earth gives us all. Happy Earth Day!