Get to know Gina Lopez, the incoming DENR Secretary

Regina Paz Lopez

Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez is the incoming Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). She was appointed by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

Before accepting Duterte’s offer for the DENR secretaryship, Lopez was the chairperson of both the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, the charitable institution of ABS-CBN Corporation, and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. Among her projects during her stint with ABS-CBN Foundation are Sagip Kapamilya, Bantay Bata 163, the reforestation of the La Mesa Watershed Reservation,and the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and nearby urban esteros through the Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig project.

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REGINA PAZ LOPEZ
DENR SECRETARY

BACKGROUND

Lopez was the chairperson of both the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, the charitable institution of ABS-CBN Corporation, and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. Among her projects during her stint with ABS-CBN Foundation are Sagip Kapamilya, Bantay Bata 163, the reforestation of the La Mesa Watershed Reservation, and the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and nearby urban esteros through the Kapit Bisig para sa ilog Pasig project.

Lopez is also an anti-mining advocate, known for her stance against large-scale mining ones in the province of Palawan. She has also objected to the use of fossil fuels as sources of energy and coal mining.

Lopez is the daughter of ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and the sister of ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez Ill.

CORE FUNCTIONS

The DENR’s three main functions and responsibilities are the following:

• Formulation and Implementation of rules and policies that involve the management of the environment, and the prevention and control of pollution.
• Supervision of policies and programs that concerns the conservation, use, and replenishment of the country’s natural resources.
• Establishment of rules concerning the Philippine forests, lands, mineral source, and wildlife.

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