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What happens to Gina Lopez’s orders at DENR

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WHAT NOW? Former environment secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Well, there’s a presumption of regularity,’ says Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna

MANILA, Philippines (May 9, 2017) — Now that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has a new chief, what will happen to the controversial orders made by Gina Lopez in the past 10 months? Continue reading What happens to Gina Lopez’s orders at DENR

Burying Gina

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz Lopez, in a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017, said their agency is gearing towards the establishment of ‘E3 zone’ or the ecological, economical and educational programs in areas where mining firms will be closed. Malacañang Photo

How big mining is moving earth (and heaven) to prevent the confirmation of Duterte’s environment crusader?

April 26, 2017 — To many, Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez is one of the bright lights in the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte. Now, if the powerful mining industry has its way, this light could be extinguished on May 2 or 3, when the Commission on Appointments (CA) will convene once more to decide whether or not to confirm her as secretary of environment and natural resources. Continue reading Burying Gina

Lopez hits Medialdea for counteracting order on mine stockpile

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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

3-month long review of suspended mines starts March 6

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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

Gov’t mulls Indonesian-style export ban on unprocessed minerals – DENR

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FACING UNCERTAINTY. Could the exportof Philippine raw mineral ore such as nickel and copper be banned?

‘In the long term that will help our economy because that will increase the value add of the products,’ says Environment Undersecretary Maria Paz Luna

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 4, 2017) — The government is considering an Indonesian-style ban on exports of unprocessed minerals. This is part of efforts to breathe life into the country’s dormant iron and steel industry, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Continue reading Gov’t mulls Indonesian-style export ban on unprocessed minerals – DENR

Review of DENR mining closures finished in 3 months – Dominguez

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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

Why miners are not ready for Gina Lopez

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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

DENR exec on mining audit: Not true there was no due process

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MINING CLOSURES. This box contains documents from mining companies with closure order. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

‘The mere fact that mining companies replied to the DENR’s audit findings means that they acknowledge due process was being observed,’ says Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 26, 2017) — Boxes of documents related to the mining audit were presented to reporters on Friday, February 24, as an environment official reiterated that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) followed due process in conducting the audit. Continue reading DENR exec on mining audit: Not true there was no due process