Lopez post about Nueva Vizcaya is trending
“It is like paradise! I wonder why many people do not know of the beauty of Nueva Vizcaya,” this was posted by environmentalist and philanthropist Gina Lopez in her Facebook (FB) page on November 25. Lopez served as Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in an ad interim basis under President Rodrigo Duterte.
Lopez was in Tuguegarao City last week but had to travel back in Manila by land due to the bad weather. As she passed by the province, Lopez was in awe of the beauty and splendor of the place. “The mountains are lush…. I find it breathtakingly beautiful,” Lopez added.
Lopez also mentioned in her FB page that she called Governor Carlos M. Padilla. “I want to help you. I want to maximize the beauty of your place to benefit the lives of the people there. Let me know when you are ready to talk,” She said.
The FB post had mixed reactions from Novo Vizcayanos and followers of Lopez’s FB account from different parts of the country and abroad.
Novo Vizcayanos expressed their gratitude and support to Lopez for noticing and appreciating the beauty of the province. One said that it is time to give more chance for the province to be known and promoted and will no longer be mistaken to be called Nueva Ecija.
Some followers of Lopez from other provinces agreed with her impression on the province and would want to see the place again and some are very eager to see the province for the first time.
One boasted of going around the province on mountain bikes, hiking to the green mountains, lots of waterfalls, caves, and feel the fresh cold air.
“NV is a very beautiful province with great potential for economic growth. But with the mining going on, maybe the resources will be destroyed in not a long time,” one person recount. “It is very very sad… the permit should never have been given… it is crazy,” Lopez said.
“Leave the beauty of nature alone. God gave NV a reason not to destroy it, as an excuse for economic stability,” one commented.
“I have long been aware of the beauty of the province and I do not want it to be exploited. Call me selfish but leave the place to the Vizcayanos first. Let us not think of the money from tourism. Let’s think of agriculture,” another commented. What about agri-tourism? “As long as we have responsible implementors. What if we will have greedy officials in the future?” she added. #bg