Photo Releases

With raised fist pump, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (center), together with other signatories of a memorandum of agreement on national anti-environmental crime task force, shout “Philippines!” enthusiastically to kick off their work in investigating and apprehending the violators of environmental standards across the country. The National Anti-Environmental Crimes Task Force, also called as the “A-Team Kalikasakan,” is composed of (L-R, seated in front :) Br. Gen. Restituto Padilla of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario of the Department of National Defense, Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transport, Secretary Ismael Sueño of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa of the Philippine National Police, and Rear Admiral William Melad of the Philippine Coast Guard. ###

President Rodrigo Duterte joins hands with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (2nd from left), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (left) and Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella (right) to signify mutually supportive efforts to uplift the lives of the Filipino poor during the Mindanao Environment Summit (Oya Mindanaw) held at the Ateneo de Davao University on Thursday. Joining them are representatives of civil society organizations. ###

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (left) turns over to President Rodrigo Duterte,  the Mindanao Environment Agenda submitted by Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) President Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ (right) during the Mindanao Environment Summit held Thursday at the AdDU. The agenda contains the state of the Mindanao environment, including recommendations to address the environmental issues raised by mining communities. Some 4,000 participants, mostly representatives from civil society organizations,  students and indigenous groups attended the summit with theme, OYA MINDANAW, was co-organized by the DENR and AdDU as a strategy for the government to interact closer with the environment’s stakeholders. ###

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez vows to strengthen civil society participation in environmental governance, guided by the principle of the common good during the Public Forum on the Environmental Policy Agenda for the Duterte Administration and the 17th Congress held Friday (July 29) at the Microtel UP Technohub in Quezon City. Lopez, who keynoted the forum organized by the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), said she would open up a civic sector arm in the agency. ###

Environment Secretary Gina L. Lopez shows the media photos of a river in Palawan that became silted and ruddy because of the irresponsible mining activities in the province. According to Lopez, fishermen in the area have complained  of fewer catch  due to the poor river condition. The photos were part of the report submitted by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development after conducting a water sampling activity in the area. ###