Asked on Senate run, Gina Lopez says her heart is in 'change agents' search


Posted at Apr 09 2018 11:38 AM

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MANILA - Former environment secretary Gina Lopez said Monday she was focused on her new project aimed at uplifting poor communities, as she refused to say whether or not she would run for public office.

Lopez's ILOVE Foundation, together with Sen. Loren Legarda and several government and private partners, launched Quest for LOVE, a search for "change agents."

"I like what I’m doing now, it makes me happy. I like to help farmers and fishermen…You will be stuck there. You will just sit there and talk. Lawmaking bores me," Lopez told ANC's Headstart, when asked if she would run for senator next year.

"What I do is I follow my heart and right now, my heart wants to do this," she said.

Since leaving government last year, Lopez has continued to promote her causes of environmental protection and uplifting the poor. She chronicles her work on her Facebook page, which has 600,000 followers.

Under the competition, 16 organizations-- foundations, non-government organizations, cooperatives, or social enterprises-- will be shortlisted based on track record, quality of leaders, and the potential impact of their proposed intervention.

The 16 will be whittled down to 8, which will receive P100,000 each.

"Can you imagine, if at the end of February next year, you have 8 communities out of poverty? Pwede pala at kayang kaya natin. What we’re thinking is these 8 communities will be the mentors of the next," she said.

Three finalists will be declared winners at the end of the competition, with the top organization receiving P10 million worth of private and government help for their partner community.

Deadline for submission of applications is on May 18, 2018.

The complete mechanics and requirements are available here.