National Resilience Council president Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga has surfaced as one of the top bets for the next boss of the the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
A Babbler said the screening committee of President-elect Bongbong Marcos believes Yulo-Loyzaga’s expertise in disaster risk reduction, sustainable development goals and climate protection would be a major factor if ever she was elected as the new DENR Secretary.
Yulo-Loyzaga was also executive director of the Manila Observatory from 2007 to 2016.
During her term, she sculpted the Observatory into a center for disaster science and risk management, focusing not only on observation and monitoring of natural disasters like typhoons, floods, and earthquakes, but also on how to quantify the disaster risks to help the government and private sectors mitigate the effects of disasters and organize the relief efforts.
Yulo-Loyzaga is married to former basketball star Chito Loyzaga. She is also a relative of incoming First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos.
During the campaign, Marcos promised to strike a balance between economic development and the environment under his administration, specifically a collaborative relationship with all stakeholders in the mining industry which has been banned for most of the Duterte administration.
Marcos is looking to maximize the country’s mineral resources to raise funds to bankroll the country’s bounceback from the pandemic.
Marcos also proposed to create a Department of Disaster Resilience similar to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States’ lead agency in responding to and recovering from major disasters.