Photo Releases

Smiles broke out as Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, while planting a “Bignay Kalabaw” seedling, urged volunteers from the Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association (BSFAA) to plant and grow trees “in the name of Gross National Happiness.” Lopez led the launch of BSFAA’s  “Marathon Tree Planting, Tree Growing”  held Wednesday at the UP Arboretum in Quezon City. The project commits BSFAA’s 15,000 active members, through its 50 chapters nationwide, to plant and grow Philippine native trees, on top of the 150,000 trees the group has so far raised in support to the government’s National Greening Program.  Behind Lopez is  BFAA Officer Dr. Rafael Roque. ###

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (extreme right, standing) talks about the two principles which she will follow in leading DENR to achieve its goals: Convergence and Area Management. Convergence, she said during a meeting with Environment and Natural Resources Officers (ENROs) of various local government units, means to tie up with other government agencies, while Area Management is managing the two arms of the DENR, the development and the business arm. During the meeting held Wednesday (August 10) at the DENR central office in Quezon City, the ENROs proposed different environmental programs, particularly enhnanced ENR law enforcement at the local level, including conduct of waste-to-energy summit, to Lopez.  Also present in the said meeting is former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn (seated last at the right side). ###

Former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn listens attentively as Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (extreme right, standing) talks about her past projects as the chair of the ABS-CBN Foundation, one of which is the Ugong Rock in Palawan. Lopez eyes Ugong Rock as a model for other areas in the Philippines to provide livelihood for the community and its local residents. Lopez also invited Hagedorn to the meeting with the representatives of different Environment and Natural Resources Offices of local government units across the Philippines to discuss their proposed environment programs and projects for their localities. ###

Members of the “Save Antique Movement” have found allies with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (3rd from right) and Fr. Robert Reyes (left).  The group, led by its president Benjamin Magan (2nd from right) paid a courtesy call on the DENR chief in Quezon City to appeal to her to put a stop to the destruction of their livelihood and environment due to irresponsible mining activity in Semirara Island, including issues of land grabbing and displacement.  Also in photo are (from left): Estela Marie Aguirre, Virgilio Sanchez and Jimsy Balestramon (right), all residents of Semirara Island. ###

Members of the “Save Antique Movement” narrate how their lifestyle and livelihood have been adversely affected by the coal mining project in Semirara during a press conference called by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (right) Thursday (August 11) at the DENR central office in Quezon City.   The group’s president Benjamin Magan (with microphone) also spoke of the destruction of coral reefs and seaweeds, dwindling mangroves and siltation of bodies of water in the area prompting Lopez to issue a “show cause order” to Semirara Mining and Power Corp. to temporarily suspend its environmental compliance certificate.  Also in photo are (from left):  Jimsy Balestramon, president of Sabang Farmers-Fishers Association and Estela Marie Aguirre, also a resident of Semirara.  ###