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Legarda: Information on Gov’t Programs and Services, Key to Help OFWs in Crisis Situations

March 31, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT KEEPING OVERSEAS FILIPINOS INFORMED OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THEY CAN AVAIL WILL HELP THEM BETTER PLAN THEIR FUTURE AND ASSESS THEIR OPTIONS SO AS NOT TO BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD WHEN CRISIS IN THEIR HOST NATIONS ERUPTS.
The Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations stressed that several programs of various government agencies can provide a wide range of opportunities for repatriated Filipinos if only they are aware that these programs […]

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Joint hearing of Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development

March 29, 2011

The first quarter of the year has posed a great challenge to our government in terms of promoting the well-being and safety of Filipino nationals overseas. The socio-political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, and the hazards that occurred in some nations have put to test the ability of our government, including our embassies and consulates abroad, to carry out its mandated duty to protect our citizens living and working in foreign countries.
The political unrest in Tunisia […]

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Legarda Sets Inquiry on Government’s Actions, Plans for OFWs in Crisis Situations

March 28, 2011

AMID ONGOING UNREST AND WITH THE OCCURRENCE OF NATURAL HAZARDS IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES, THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, CHAIRED BY SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, WILL CONDUCT AN INQUIRY ON THE PREPAREDNESS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS STRATEGY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF OVERSEAS FILIPINOS IN CRISIS SITUATIONS.
Legarda said that the hearing, set on March 29, 2011 at the Senate, will look into the efforts being done by the government in providing assistance to overseas Filipinos residing or […]

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Legarda: Designate Open Spaces for Refuge During Earthquakes

March 27, 2011

SHOULD A STRONG TEMBLOR HIT THE COUNTRY, OPEN SPACES WOULD BE THE SAFEST REFUGE FOR THE PEOPLE, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA SAID.
“It is vital for any city to have designated open spaces that are not only used for recreational purposes but also as evacuation areas when natural hazards, such as earthquakes, occur,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change.
“However, this could pose a problem to some communities with only limited spaces left. It is always in […]

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Legarda: Proper Implementation of Migrant Workers Act, MSME Law Will Help Reintegration of Returning OFWs

March 26, 2011

AS MORE OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWS) REMAIN UNCERTAIN OF THEIR FUTURE WITH THE SERIES OF UNREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THE PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF LAWS THAT WOULD HELP REPATRIATED FILIPINOS COPE WITH THEIR ABRUPT DISPLACEMENT.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that under Republic Act 10022, or the Amended Migrant Workers Act, an emergency repatriation fund for migrant Filipinos must be established, and […]

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Legarda Condemns Killing of Female Broadcaster in Malabon

March 25, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY DENOUNCED THE KILLING OF A FEMALE BROADCASTER IN MALABON, STRESSING THAT IF THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE CRIME WAS WORK-RELATED, THEN CONGRESS HAS TO FAST TRACK THE PASSING OF THE BILL QUALIFYING AS MURDER THE KILLING OF MEMBERS OF MEDIA IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
Len Flores Sumera, a radio anchor of dzME, was shot dead on Thursday morning while on her way to work. Authorities have yet to determine the motive behind the killing.
“It […]

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SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Speech delivered at the “6th Pamilyang OFW-MSMEs Summer Expo and Handog kay Pnoy Jobs and Livelihood Expo”

March 25, 2011

More than two decades ago, in 1984, the Philippines deployed about 351,000 Filipino workers overseas. By the end of 2008, our annual deployment has reached 1.2 million, about one million land-based and more than 200,000 seafarers.[1] Filipino workers can now be found in almost all countries. In fact, we are second only to the Indians in terms of migration, with about 10% of our total population of 92 million working and residing abroad.
Migration of our workers helps reduce unemployment […]

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Legarda: Telcos Have Vital Role in Disaster Preparedness

March 23, 2011

EMPHASIZING THAT COMMUNICATION IS ONE OF THE MOST VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE DURING AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER DISASTERS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANIES (TELCOS) TO SEE HOW THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE MORE TO PREPARE FOR AND LESSEN THE IMPACT OF NATURAL HAZARDS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that, first and foremost, telcos should check the integrity of their communication infrastructure and locations and where their broadcast towers are installed.
“It is important that telecommunication companies ensure […]

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“Disaster Risk Reduction is Everybody’s Business!” Legarda Stresses Importance of Gov’t-Private Sector Partnership in Disaster Preparedness

March 22, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN STRENGTHENING THE COUNTRY’S DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESILIENCE.
During the second hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change on the government’s disaster preparedness, Legarda, the committee chair, said that while the government is putting in place various disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures, the private sector should take the initiative of doing their share in such effort.
“While the government is mandated […]

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Opening Statement of Sen. Loren Legarda Chair, Senate Committee on Climate Change

March 22, 2011

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has reminded the world to prepare for the worst, biggest and deadliest disasters. What happened in Japan can happen too in our country — with a far worse scenario if we are not prepared. It is certain that a strong earthquake may occur — a fact as real as the presence of a major earthquake fault in Metro Manila. The only question that remains is — When will it strike and how prepared […]

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