- Former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has passed away
- The passing of the environmental activist was confirmed by the ABS-CBN Corporation
- ABS-CBN Chairman Mark Lopez mourned the death of Gina
Former Environment Secretary Regina “Gina” Paz Lopez has passed away at the age of 65 on Monday, August 19.
KAMI learned that the passing of Gina was confirmed by the ABS-CBN Corporation.
“With Gina’s passing, we lost a fervent advocate of children’s rights and protection, a passionate proponent of sustainable livelihood among the underprivileged, and an unswerving champion for environment preservation,” it read in the statement.
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In a report by the ABS-CBN News, the chairman of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. was diagnosed with brain cancer. She also experienced multiple organ failure.
ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Mark Lopez also mourned the loss of his cousin, Gina.
“At an age when people are just figuring out what they want to do in life, she already knew her purpose. She left a comfortable life to devote her time and energy to help uplift other people’s lives,” he said.
In 2016, Gina was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). However, her appointment was cut short after the Commission on Appointments rejected it in 2017.
During her time as the DENR chief, Gina was able to close and suspend mining operations. She also canceled the contracts of 75 mining companies.
She also founded the Bantay Bata 163 and was the chairperson of Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.
Gina was known as an environmental activist. Through Bantay Kalikasan, she led the rehabilitation of La Mesa Watershed and developed the La Mesa Eco-Park.
She also hosted the ABS-CBN environmental television show “G Diaries” that promoted sustainable development and lifestyles.
Gina was the sister of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez and daughter of "Kapitan" Eugenio Lopez, Jr.
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