Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez discusses with local executives and representatives of her plans to transform the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from just a “regulatory arm” to a “development arm” during a dialogue held November 24, 2016 at the DENR-Social Hall on the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or RA 9003. Lopez likewise underscored her intent to work closely with local government units on area development management and put up economic zones to help alleviate poverty in rural areas.  This, even as she urged them to comply with the provisions of RA 9003, saying “there is profit when you invest in taking good care of the environment”.  ###