CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, March 10 (PIA) - The Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) endorses the confirmation on the appointment of Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

SIPPAD led by the three bishops of Samar passed resolution to congress to approve the appointment of Lopez.

In a resolution signed by Bishops Isabelo Abarquez of  Samar, Bishop Emmanuel Trance of Northern Samar and  Crispin Varquez of Eastern Samar, they said that they find Lopez sympathetic to their cause, that she listens to the voice of the Samarnon seeking protection against mining and logging.

That they find her stand on mining and logging relevant and parallel to the SIPPADs 11 years of trying to protect Samar from mining and logging.

SIPPAD has passed many resolutions for the passage of the Samar Island Natural Park and resolutions against logging and mining.

SIPPAD is a group of non-political, multi-sectoral organizations headed by three dioceses of Samar island. (ajc/nbq/PIA 8-Samar)