Sipalay City folk to jet alternate jobs after mine closure–Lopez

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez vowed to provide alternative livelihood for residents affected by the closure of a mining site in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.

This, as the official conducted an aerial inspection on board a chopper of the open-pit mining site in Barangay San Jose.

After the inspection, Lopez expressed dismay over the environmental destruction, describing it as horrible.

The DENR chief then met with about 100 residents at a mining forum held at Sipalay City Hall.

Lopez acknowledged that affected communities have lost their livelihood with the closure. Thus, she assured the residents and the city government of DENR’s assistance if they will also commit to do their part.

She added that the DENR can help set up ecotourism projects anchored on her Genuine Economic Growth program which focuses on area development.

Lopez presented models of the area development approach that become successful in various communities. This includes Ugong Rock in Puerto Princesa City, where ecotourism improved the lives of the people.

“If Palawan can do it, so can you,” she told the forum participants.