Apr. 19, 2017: Lopez pushes non-mining investments

Apr. 19, 2017: Lopez pushes non-mining investments

The criticisms over her decisions, orders, and what she believes in have been overwhelming in the past months. But Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez still thinks that the Philippines can earn more from investments in biodiversity than in mining.

Since the beginning of her takeover at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Lopez already made it clear that except for those that are, in any way, mining-related, she will consider any project that can be beneficial to the environment and the communities.

Lopez, in a roundtable discussion with the Manila Bulletin yesterday, said she prefers billions of pesos worth of investments to go to biodiversity and area development rather than to the mining sector.

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