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Forget her not: Precious Castelo wants La Mesa Eco Park renamed after Gina Lopez

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Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo has proposed renaming La Mesa Eco Park after the late former Environmental Secretary Gina Lopez to preserve her legacy.

In filing House Bill 4185, Castelo said it was “only fitting” for Lopez’s legacy to be memorialized in the park which she revived through reforestation.

The lawmaker described Lopez as a “staunch vanguard of environmental protection” and someone who “brought to bear veritable ecological programs that sought to protect and uphold the interests of the environment.”

Castelo noted that Lopez was the first Filipino to be awarded the prestigious Seacology Prize in October 2017 in California for her “exceptional achievement in preserving island environments and culture.”

“Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those who care for the welfare of Mother Nature,” the lawmaker said.

Lopez, a scion of the clain who owns ABS-CBN, died on August 19 at the age of 65.