CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY– It was exactly a year ago when Gina Lopez took over as the environment secretary.
She said she is now letting go of the negativity after she was rejected by the Commission on Appointments (CA) in May.
“I let it go. Whatever happens it is really very unhealthy to keep negative everything inside,” Lopez said in a press briefing in Cagayan de Oro on Friday.
She said she does not regret her stance on irresponsible mining, including her controversial decision of closing 22 mining sites in functional watersheds, even if this resulted in her not getting the approval of CA.
“If I hold back my ‘guns’ and I don’t get appointment which might have happened anyway. I would have never forgiven myself. Because I would have lost the opportunity to reveal what’s happening (in the environment),” she said.
Lopez added that she hopes Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu can use his “toughness” as a 4-star general in leading the department.
“Sana he puts stop on illegal quarrying, illegal mining and the money will be used in development,” she said.
Lopez will launch a project called “I LOVE” or Investments in Loving Organization for Village Economies, which encourages big companies to invest in local tourist sites which people can benefit.