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ATM Reaction to Appointment of Toni Yulo-Loyzaga as DENR Sec.

ATM Press Statement | July 12, 2022

We are cautiously optimistic with the appointment of Toni Yulo-Loyzaga. With her experience as Exec. Director of Manila Observatory in Ateneo de Manila University, we expect her to use and rely more on science-based analysis to decide on environmental policies and practices at the DENR. On the other hand, this is her first political appointment and she might face serious challenges in facing the vested corporate interests that want to influence DENR policies, especially on mining and EIAs of projects.

Her choices of Usecs for senior management at DENR will reveal the kind and direction of envi policies that she will prioritize. It will be interesting to see how her science-based background will respond to the clamor of the economic team for more mining projects, that envi science says will increase our risks and vulnerabilities to climate impacts.

We hope that she will strongly retain her bias for science and preference for social justice in leading the DENR.


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