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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.  ###

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez successfully rallied Fr. Alfredo Ubas Albor (left), chairman of the United Indigenous People’s Alliance of Mindanao and Imam Ebra M. Moxir (right), president of the Imam Council of the Philippines to save Lanao Lake from further deterioration during the first SALUGNAYAN or SALu-salo at UGNAYan para sa Kalikasan held September 1, 2016 at the DENR central office in Quezon City.  Around 80 leaders of various civil society organizations from across the country attended the meeting called by Lopez to build and strengthen partnerships at the grassroots level for the implementation of livelihood projects in 14 convergence areas. ###

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). ###