Gina Lopez passes away at 65

Gina Lopez passes away at 65

August 19, 2019 0 By Charlotte Garbin

Former Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez dies at the age of 65 today because of multiple organ failure.

Photo by JL JAVIER

Aside from being a former Environmental Secretary, Lopez was ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.’s (AFI) long-time chairperson and an eco-warrior.

“Gina was the pillar of strength that pushed ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) to achieve what seemed to be impossible. Her caring heart and selfless kind of love inspired people within and beyond the organization to help and serve others,” ABS-CBN said in a statement posted on its news website.

While we mourn with Gina’s family and loved ones, we also pray that her legacy continues to live on in the heart of every Kapamilya she had touched in her lifetime.

We will never forget her and will continue to honor her remarkable contributions not only to ABS-CBN, but the entire nation.

Thank you Gina, for showing us how it is to live in the service of the Filipino. 

ABS-CBN

The Company’s Chairman, Mark Lopez, who is also a cousin of the former Environment Secretary said, “Today, we lost not just a family member but a person we deeply admire and respect.”

Mr. Lopez added, “At an age when people are just figuring out what they want to do in life, she already knew her purpose. She left a comfortable life to devote her time and energy to help uplift other people’s lives.”

“When she returned to join ABS-CBN, she instilled in her people the same drive to help. For her, nothing cannot be done, no effort is too small, anybody can — and should — do their part in making the world a better place.

She devoted her life to help child abuse victims, to save the environment by cleaning a river or saving a watershed and to help communities become self-efficient through the development of eco-tourism and Mr. Lopez admires her for all these.

Mr. Lopez also described his cousin as someone who believed that love is the strongest force for change.

Ex-DENR Secretary Gina Lopez was recognized for helping in save La Mesa Watershed and Pasig River. She also worked on closing down mining operations found to have violated environmental laws.

She was also the founder of Bantay Bata 163, the first helpline in Asia devoted to reports of cases of child abuse in the Philippines. It became the United Nations Grand Awardee for Excellence in 1997, besting 187 countries all over the world.

Lopez also established an organization which aims to reach out to the grass roots level and create environmentally conscious businesses in order to lift communities out of poverty. It was known as the Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies (iLOVE) Foundation.

“We will miss Gina’s light, as a private person, as a leader, and as a crusader. While she left us a void that cannot be filled, we take comfort in knowing that with love, like she had shown us, there remains hope and beauty in the world we live in.” ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. said.

Instead of offering flowers and mass cards, the Lopez family requests that donations be made to the AFI.