When former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez visited Bohol province back in 2017, she saw how much potential it holds especially for the small community-based groups like the San Vicente Mangrove Association (SAVIMA).

In her post back on March 29, 2017, Lopez appreciated how SAVIMA has maintained the mangrove area in Maribojoc town.

“Hello everyone! I am currently in Bohol.

Earlier, I attended the women’s month culmination program of the provincial government at the Bohol Cultural Center. I am now touring the mangrove area managed by the San Vicente Mangrove Association, a people’s organization in Maribojoc, Bohol. And my God!!! The place is soooooo beautiful and has sooooo much potential. DENR has committed to help this community develop the area through livelihood programs and training seminars. We will facilitate the transformation of this place into an ecological, economic, and educational zone. Okay, that’s all for now. Love you all! And I totally totally love Bohol. Take care!

This is the caption she wrote on her video during her visit there.

In fact, when she got back to Manila, Lopez shared her plans to partner with SAVIMA for livelihood programs and projects as shared in her post below.

Her love and passion to uplift the underprivileged made her Gina Lopez that the people learned to love.

It was through this that she left a legacy in the several works she had put on.

To name a few, she gave birth to Bantay Bata 163, Bantay Kalikasan, and other programs under ABS-CBN Foundation.

Before serving as Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission chairperson and as Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary, she also pushed for numerous campaigns and projects, including Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig, No To Mining in Palawan, the reforestation of the La Mesa Watershed, and the TV program “G Diaries”.

This Earth may have lost one of its gallant eco-warriors. But the seeds she planted and sowed will forever remain and grow for the generations to come and remember.


By Bohol Island News

Your reliable source of news and content in the island and the rest of Central Visayas and Mindanao.

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