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 8 presents paper on building community resilience to impacts of climate change

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 presented a paper entitled “Building Community Resilience to Climate Change Impacts through the National Greening Program (NGP)” to the participants of the 2nd Regional Conference on Climate Change RDE held at the Visayas State University, Baybay City on December 18-20, 2017.strpaper, presented by DENR 8’s Conservation and Development Chief Eugenia Bautista focused on the NGP as a climate change mitigation and adaptation…

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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.

Participants to the tree planting activity in celebration of National Women’s Month and International Day of Forest plant mangrove propagules in one of the most devatated areas in Tacloban City when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region in November 2013.

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