Oceana Salutes DENR Lopez’s Bravery

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Oceana LogoMost Filipinos did  not take DENR Secretary Gina Lopez’s Rejection by the Commission on Appointments very well because of her passion and determination to truly help the environment and the people.  Unfortunately, money speaks louder and has more power over lives.  Oceana bravely releases a statement to acknowledge DENR Lopez’s contribution and dedication to the environment on behalf of the rest of the population who didn’t agree with the CA decision.  The environment can not afford to lose another ally, and the people won’t take this loss sitting down.

Oceana’s Statement:

As Earth’s largest marine conservation nonprofit, Oceana commends the trail-blazing achievements of outgoing DENR Secretary Lopez in bravely pushing for policies to sustainably protect the country’s environmentally-critical areas including protected seascapes and save them from destructive activities that threaten their ecological integrity.

Secretary Lopez has set the highest standards for environmental stewardship and mainstreamed partnerships with civil society organizations – a feat that merits replication by her successor.

Her commitment and sterling leadership in ensuring justice and equity especially to affected communities most dependent on a vibrant web of life is her most precious legacy for all of us. Oceana is most grateful.


Estero de Paco Walking Tour

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Taking you on a walking tour of the  greening of Estero de Paco with no other than Ms. Gina Lopez.  Since we started late morning, it was quite hot but the timing was good for photo-taking.  So sit back and view the improved estero surroundings.   The stench was greatly reduced, the walkways were clean and nice, the view was inspiring, crime was reduced, livelihood  increased, health problems reduced, flooding and corresponding expenses were reduced. . . most of all a place of filth was transformed into a useful place with a park-like ambience. Thanks to the Pasig River warriors who protect and maintain its cleanliness and to the inspiration and devotion of  top  Filipino environmentist, Gina Lopez.

Still more esteros to clean . . . so help the Pasig River Clean Up and join the Run for Pasig event on September 30 at Quezon City Memorial Circle. For updates on this advocacy run, visit www.runforthepasigriver.com, like www.facebook.com/runforthepasigriver  or follow @run4pasigriver on Twitter.