The country can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the appointment of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation chairperson Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Climate Change Commission (CCC) said on Friday.
CCC Vice Chairman Emmanuel de Guzman said the appointment is most welcome as the Philippines undergoes transition from fossil-based energy to cleaner and sustainable sources of energy.
“With Lopez at the helm of the DENR, we are confident that we are on the right track to achieve our dream of a low-emission and climate-resilient future for the country,” said De Guzman.
“We are honored to have Ms. Lopez as a partner in our journey toward our ultimate goal of a green economy, which offers enormous opportunities for green jobs for the Filipino people,” he added.
Lopez has been vocal against mining and made known her strong opposition to coal-fired power plants that impact on the health, the environment of host communities, and the livelihood of residents in a negative way.
Last week, the CCC began reviewing the energy policy to pave the way for a swift transition to renewable and sustainable energy.
The CCC, together with the DENR, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), has six months or until the end of the year to review and craft a framework development on energy as mandated by Commission Resolution 2016-001.
The CCC is under the Office of the President and is the lead policy-making body tasked to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate state programs and ensure mainstreaming of climate change in national, local, and sectoral development plans toward a climate-resilient and climate-smart Philippines.
The policy review is vital to fulfill the country’s commitments under the Paris climate agreement to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
FNI supports Lopez
Global Ferronickel Holdings Inc. (FNI) supports the mining policies of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the appointment of Lopez as the incoming secretary of the DENR.
“As a responsible miner, FNI will continue to make the advocacies of the government a priority and is looking forward to partnering with Secretary Lopez in her quest to uplift the conditions of host communities,” FNI President Dante Bravo said in another statement.
“We are proud to say that our operations are conducted in accordance with ISO standards.
We are committed to practices that respect human rights and the aspirations of local
communities. We also provide safe and healthy workplaces for our employees,” he added.