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Christmas Message of Senator Loren Legarda

December 24, 2013

The Yuletide season offers a meaningful occasion to reflect upon the blessings we received, the lessons that have made us wiser, and the trials that have made us stronger.
Amid the challenges we are facing, I hope and pray for the speedy recovery of families and communities affected by recent calamities. Let us unite and work towards a resilient recovery.
May we all have a blessed and meaningful Christmas.

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Legarda: Filipino Communities Must Learn, Share Lessons from Yolanda

December 23, 2013

Amid the ongoing recovery efforts in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda, Senator Loren Legarda today urged the survivors to learn from the lessons brought by the disaster and share the same to others to be able to build back better communities and ensure resilient recovery.
In her recent meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Legarda, UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, stressed that communities anticipated and prepared for Yolanda, but the strength of the typhoon and […]

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Loren Bats For Resilient Recovery, Says Let Us Not Rebuild The Risks

December 21, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today called for resilient recovery from the destruction wrought by Typhoon Yolanda and other disasters, stressing that communities should not rebuild the risks.
Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, made the statement as the country welcomed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is in the Philippines to personally assess the situation in Tacloban, which was greatly devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
“We expect the UN Secretary-General to highlight the need to build back better, […]

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Legarda Welcomes Visit to PH of UN Head Ban Ki-moon

December 19, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today welcomed the visit to the Philippines of United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon, stressing that it would help boost the country’s disaster resiliency initiatives especially in light of the recent devastation brought by Typhoon Yolanda.
 
Legarda, UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, said that the UNSG’s presence sends a strong message of hope for affected communities and highlights the need to build back better, stronger and wiser.
 
“We appreciate UN Secretary-General Ban […]

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Rice, Biodiversity and Climate Change

December 18, 2013

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA
Privilege Speech on Rice, Biodiversity and Climate Change
December 18, 2013 – Senate Session Hall
 
Filipinos are rice-loving citizens. Rice is our staple food and we find it harder to resist eating rice than any other kind of food. In fact, many Filipinos can live with almost any dish as long as they pair it with rice.
 
The sad fact however, is that o`ur rice production is greatly affected by the warming climate. If we want to continue enjoying eating rice […]

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Legarda Warns of Less Rice Due to Climate Change

December 18, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the increasing global temperature is seen to bring about a decrease in production of rice and several essential crops, stressing that with the absence of robust adaptation strategies, climate change will further imperil the country’s food security.
 
“A 2009 study by the Asian Development Bank showed that rice yield in the Philippines can decline by 75% in 2100 with the lack of climate change adaptation programs. The typhoons, floods and droughts from 1970 to 1990 […]

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Legarda: 2014 National Budget Promotes Climate Mitigation and Disaster Prevention

December 10, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the 2014 proposed national budget has been crafted to ensure that programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are given due importance and priority in the national agenda.
 
“For the very first time since the enactment of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Law in 2010, the fund allocated for its implementation will now be called the NDRRM Fund. It was previously called the Calamity Fund and therefore the focus was […]

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Loren Legarda on saving lives

December 10, 2013

Super Typhoon Yolanda, says Sen. Loren Legarda, “is the new benchmark for disaster prevention and preparedness. Like all natural hazards, Yolanda was inevitable, but its disastrous effects could have been prevented or mitigated if we were more prepared.”
The senator knows what she’s talking about. She is chair of the Senate committee on climate change and environment and natural resources. She is also United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific.
– Domini […]

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Legarda: Strengthen Women’s Role in Peace Building

December 9, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today echoed the United Nations’ call to strengthen the role of women in the peace building process and urged the Senate to look into the country’s implementation of the provisions of a UN Security Council Resolution on the issue.
 
Legarda, in her report to the Senate on the outcome of her official mission to the Women in Parliaments Global Forum – Annual Summit held in Brussels, Belgium on November 27-29, 2013, said that aside from celebrating the Philippines’ […]

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Funding our people’s survival

December 7, 2013

As Senator Loren Legarda, who heads the special committee on climate change of the Senate, pointed out when the PSF law (Republic Act No. 10174) was passed last year, the purpose of the fund is “to ensure the consideration of climate change impacts such as stronger typhoons, heavier rains, prolonged drought and other effects in the formulation of government plans and programs.”
– Dean Tony La Viña, Manila Standard Today
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