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.) ###


  • Cimatu lauds law enforcement authorities behind large wildlife bust

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has commended personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rescue of over 300 smuggled live animals and arrest of four suspects in what has been dubbed as one of the country’s largest wildlife busts. The successful operation was carried out on Tuesday by joint operatives from the NBI-Environmental Crime Division and the DENR’s Philippine Operations Group of Ivory and Ille…


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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

CIMATU INSPECTS CONFISCATED ENDANGERED SPECIES. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu inspects the confiscated sulfur crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City with BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim (beside Cimatu). Three species of the cockatoos including the moluccan cockatoo (cacatua moluccensis) and the black palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) totaling 154 heads were confiscated by the joint forces of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (DENR POGI) and the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City. The cockatoo is considered an endangered species and is listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its trade should be subject to a CITES export permit from the country of origin and a CITES import permit from the country of destination. A total of 316 heads of species were confiscated in the successful operation.

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