Lopez's confirmation has faced stiff opposition from mining operators who questioned the DENR's cancellation of 23 mining concessions due to violations of environmental laws.

Valdez emphasized that the matter of the environment crosses political lines, religious affiliations, age, gender, economic condition, and is an issue that affects every Filipino.

"We're not just talking about current individual issues on mines, watershed protection, illegal logging or the dismantling of illegal fishpens. The more crucial and overarching concern is protecting an environment that can sustain us at present, and which our children and generations of Filipinos yet unborn can still enjoy in the future."

Environment groups have expressed support for Lopez's appointment and have sided with the Secretary in her row with pro-mining interests.

These groups cite mining industry statistics showing that the gross value added in mining averaged about 0.65 percent of GDP for 2012-2016. Metallic and non-metallic exports, for instance, account for only 5% of total exports.

"The forests, mountains, rivers, flora and fauna that we lose now due to failure to enforce our environmental laws in exchange for short-term economic gains cannot be replaced anymore. They are lost forever. I'm sure our lawmakers don't want that. The CA vote is nothing less than a once in a lifetime opportunity for our Senators and Congressmen to affirm their stand on the environment." Valdez clarified. ###

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    Monday, October 30, 2017

    “That land is yours to keep, we hope it will remain in your family forever”,mrtment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable says addressing two hundred fifty nine (259) beneficiaries&nbs he government’s Titulo am in San Jorge, Samar. Free patent beneficiaries from the municipalities of San Jorge, Gandara, Pagsanghan, Sta. Margarita and Tarangnan in Samar availed of the free titling services offered by the DENR, Registry of Deeds (ROD)…

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Owing to unrelenting intelligence and forest protection efforts, CENRO Dolores through CENR Officer Roseller E. Cay, was able to seize six (6) undocumented chainsaws purportedly being used in illegal cutting of forest products. These are currently deposited at PENRO Eastern Samar for safekeeping pending final disposition.

COMBATTING MARINE POLLUTION Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu leads the global discussion on combating marine pollution during the Leaders’ Breakfast meeting held Sunday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.  With theme, “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet,” the meeting was attended by environment ministers, international organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector. Cimatu underscored during the meeting the continuing efforts of the local government units in addressing plastic waste, as well as private sector’s initiatives in providing for commercially-viable and environment-friendly plastic alternatives. The Leaders’ Breakfast meeting precedes the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMSCOP12) hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from 23-28 October at the PICC. ###

Beneficiaries jubilantly display their Land Titles with Cong. Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento, RD Arleigh Adorable, ARD Carlito Tuballa and other government officials.

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