According to Lopez, "ang problema sa government ay hindi pera, kundi ang paggamit ng pera (the problem with government is not money, but how money is used)." 
 
This, Lopez said, was why she was "happy with the President" because of his zero tolerance position regarding corruption. 
 
"Kailangan na kailangan yan. (We really need that.) The DENR since its inception has been regulatory... and it being regulatory makes it a prime bed for corruption," explained Lopez.
 
Lopez encouraged the public to report any DENR official or employee involved in corruption as she pledged to investigate all those suspected of wrongdoing. She likewise encouraged the public to tell her about DENR personnel who were doing exemplary work. 
 
"Kung meron kang kilala na (if you know a) DENR official or whatever not serving the country well, just let me know and if you know any DENR official doing well, also let me know," Lopez said.
 
"We investigate if the complaints are real; when there's smoke there's fire. Saan galing yung complaint? Siguro may nangyayari diyan," added Lopez
 
The President has repeatedly stated that he appointed Lopez to the DENR post because he knew she would strictly enforce the law.
 
"Nilagay ko naman si Gina, she's so very strict," said the President last week at an event in Pasay City.
 
“Gina told me frankly that the Philippines has to be mine-free. How can we do that we have to amend the law; there's a mining law that allows mining," Duterte explained.
 
"But I agree with Gina na kung maari lang, hindi. Kasi nakita ni... maawa ka sa bayan... maawa ka sa bayan."
 
(But I agree with Gina that if it's possible, let's not do it. Because I saw it... and you will really pity our country... you will really pity our country.) ###

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DENR spearheads tree planting in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day

ArborDayThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 highlights the celebration of this year’s Philippine Arbor Day by spearheading a tree planting activity at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte.


The event was participated by over two hundred (200) volunteers from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Palo, barangay local government unit of Salvacion, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tacloban Chapter, Pepsi Cola, Office of Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez, DENR regional office, CENRO Palo, PENRO Leyte, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Read more...

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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents the region’s central nursery and the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove Rehabilitation Project site at Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Director Javier Manazares (seated, 3rd from left) and Demetrio Innocenti (seated, 4th from left). The project implemented in 2014 in the hardest hit provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar by Typhoon Yolanda envisions to restore the lush mangroves in said areas, emphasizing on the crucial role these mangroves play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion, serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves, and mitigating the unavoidable impacts of climate change. GCF visited the area for an ocular inspection in response to the request of Secretary Lopez for financial assistance in support to the department’s programs and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also in photo are (seated L-R) ERDB Director Henry Adornado, ASec Junie Hernandez, Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada of the Performance and Projects Management Office, office of the Cabinet Secretary.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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