SOCIAL JUSTICE. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says it’s ‘social justice’ for the companies to help farmers. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler ‘He’s going against the very spirit of the Duterte administration, which is to help the poor. So I’m not really happy about this at all,’ says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez of the actions of the senior Palace official
MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 19, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Wednesday, April 19 hit Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea for “counteracting” her order requiring suspended mining companies to give P2 million for every hectare of farmland affected by their activities.
Continue reading Lopez hits Medialdea for counteracting order on mine stockpile BALANCING ACT.The country’s economic managers are worried about the million of workers to be affected by the mining closures and the loss of foreign investment while the DENR fears long the long-term damage to the environment. File Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who co-chairs the Mining Industry Coordinating Council, says they will review audit reports or checklists prepared and developed by the DENR
MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 4, 2017) — The review of the 28 mines facing closure or suspension will kick off on Monday, March 6, according to the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC).
Continue reading 3-month long review of suspended mines starts March 6 CONFIRMATION. At least 27 oppositions have been filed before the Commission on Appointments against Environment Secretary Gina Lopez over mining closures. Senator Manny Pacquiao, CA environment committee chair, says aside from at least 27 complaints against the environment chief, there are also CA members opposed to her confirmation
MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — Neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao admitted on Wednesday, March 1, that the complaints filed with the Commission on Appointments against the confirmation of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez have given him a “headache.”
Continue reading Opposition to Lopez’s confirmation gives Pacquiao ‘headache’ CORRECTING LAPSES. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the MICC’s technical working group will thoroughly review the DENR’s issuances on mining. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo The Finance Secretary says the review is necessary to ensure DENR Secretary Gina Lopez stands ‘on firm ground’ when she orders a stop to mining operations
MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — The technical working group (TWG) formed by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) will finish reviewing the mining closures ordered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 3 months.
Continue reading Review of DENR mining closures finished in 3 months – Dominguez Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. Image by Rappler.com Mining industry players did not invest enough in building goodwill. And this explains why they were not prepared for someone like Gina Lopez
March 1, 2017 — Months before the 2016 presidential election that President Rodrigo Duterte won, mining industry players gathered in the ballroom of Solaire Resort in Pasay City for their annual Chamber of Mines summit.
Continue reading Why miners are not ready for Gina Lopez GOOD BALANCE. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says Cabinet members should strive to work as a team. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler ‘You have to have an approach that is very balanced, that is very deliberate, that is very rational, that is science-based,’ Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says of heading a government department
MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 28, 2017) — As Environment Secretary Gina Lopez prepares to go through the Commission on Appointments wringer, a senior Cabinet official indirectly reminded her that leading a government agency is not the same as waging a crusade.
Continue reading Dominguez on Lopez: Being a secretary not like being a crusader PLANNING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez meets with affected miners in Loreto, Dinagat Islands, on February 25, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler ‘I feel that whoever is in the Commission on Appointments must have no vested business interests, because the rhyme and reason for appointment should be public service,’ says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez
MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 28, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Tuesday, February 28, urged the Commission on Appointments (CA) to consider “experience and sincerity” as its top criteria when it deliberates on her confirmation.
Continue reading Lopez urges CA: Make decisions based on common good Image by Rappler.com The local government of Coron, a tourism town in northern Palawan, says it has yet to receive an application or official communication from the private developer of an underwater attraction
PALAWAN, Philippines (Jan. 12, 2017) — The local government of Coron, a tourism town in northern Palawan, said on Thursday, January 12, it had yet to receive any official communication from the private developer which earlier announced plans to build a resort in the area featuring underwater attractions.
Continue reading Nickelodeon park: Palawan execs say oceans not ‘private’ properties