- Gina Lopez has been appointed as the country’s Environment Secretary
- She has been busy checking whether mines were complying with required standards
- As of date, the Secretary has suspended six mines
On Thursday, August 4, 2016, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez suspended the sixth mine in a series of suspensions she spearheaded right after she was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to become the secretary of DENR.
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According to Lopez, it is the existence of social injustice that moves her to suspend these mines, which are primarily headed by businessmen who simply exploit the country’s natural resources. She said that these businessmen profit at the expense of the poor.
Lopez attended a recent environment summit held in Davao City. During the summit, the DENR Secretary was given the chance to speak at its opening. She also took it as an opportunity to call to the stage environment officials where they were asked by the Secretary to make a solemn promise that they would be refusing bribes and that they will enforce environmental regulations.
According to the Secretary, social injustice happens whenever the country’s resources are destroyed to benefit the business interest of a few. In addition, she also said that all the more if the people don’t get to enjoy these resources.
Lopez also said that “Mindanao must be for Mindanaoans.” She emphasized that this is what God wants and that business interests don’t have any right to kill the air, water and rivers for their own benefits.
As DENR officials, Lopez said that they also don’t have a right to allow such things from happening.
The lady secretary has been busy inspecting the mines in the country, looking into how these mines are complying with safety standards. From the time that she started inspecting the mines, she already suspended six mines which have fallen short of the compliance standards. – SD, Kami Media