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Lopez Out To Prove ‘Green Economy’ Created More Jobs Than Mining

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Unfazed by skepticism over her decision to shut down 23 large-scale mines in the country, on Sunday Feb 05, 2017 , Secretary Gina Lopez said  she was out to prove that “green economy” can provide more jobs than destructive mining even as she assured alternative livelihood opportunities to affected mine workers and their families.

“Give me a year and a half, maximum of two years. I will prove that a green economy can create more jobs than mining could ever create,” Lopez said over the weekend.

Lopez was reacting to claims by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) that over 1.2 million workers will lose their jobs with the impending closure of mining firms that failed the industry-wide audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) due to serious environmental violations.   

Source: DENR

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