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Legarda, UNISDR Chief Stress On Greater Action, Enhanced Cooperation To Build Resilience

February 28, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda and Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), both called for greater action and enhanced cooperation among sectors of society to build the Philippines’ resilience.
 
Wahlström is currently in the Philippines to work on several initiatives, including looking into rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected communities.
 
Legarda, UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, welcomed the UNISDR Chief and expressed her full support to the organization’s continuing advocacy in […]

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The Politics of Climate Change and its 21st Century Challenges

February 19, 2014

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA
Opening Address
“The Politics of Climate Change and its
21st Century Challenges”
Museum of the Filipino People, Manila
19 February 2014
 
(Standard Greetings)
In 2013, a total of 25 typhoons visited the Philippines, way above the usual average of 20 typhoons a year.
 
As a country exposed to storms, Filipinos should now be experts in preparing for typhoons; we should now be typhoon-resilient at the very least. After all, we have already experienced Ondoy, Pepeng, Pablo and Sendong. Unfortunately, Yolanda happened and we […]

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Legarda Stresses Legislators’ Role in Climate Change Action

February 19, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, today stressed on the role of lawmakers in seeking solutions to the challenges brought about by the warming climate.
Legarda made the statement as the Senate and the House of Representatives, together with the British Embassy in Manila and the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE International) Philippines Chapter, welcome Sir David King, the UK Special Representative for Climate Change, in a forum, “The Politics of Climate Change […]

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Legarda Supports Promotion of Non-Motorized Transpo

February 17, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed her support to the cause of the Share the Road Movement towards safer and cleaner roads through the promotion of non-motorized transportation.
“As I convey my support to this campaign, I congratulate Atty. Tony Oposa and the Share the Road Movement for championing environmental causes as well as the right of Filipinos for a healthier society,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Environment and Natural Resources, and Climate Change.
“Among the advocacies I have been […]

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Legarda: Sustainable Development, Resilience Help Address Unemployment

February 12, 2014

Amid statistics showing an increase in the country’s unemployment rate, Senator Loren Legarda today said that gearing towards sustainable development and resilience will help address the lingering problem of joblessness.
 
The Senator noted that a recent SWS survey showed that unemployment rose to 27.5%, or 12.1 million Filipinos jobless, in the last quarter of 2013.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Environment and Natural Resources, and Climate Change, said that the disasters that struck the country in the last quarter of […]

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Legarda Bats for More Exhibitions to Showcase Philippine Art

February 11, 2014

In celebration of the National Arts Month, Senator Loren Legarda today said that the country should regularly showcase Philippine Art through exhibitions that will enrich the cultural awareness and attachment of Filipinos.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that showcasing Philippine art and culture through national and international exhibitions fosters the critical development of Philippine art and the professional growth of the Filipino artists within and outside the country, and strengthens the role of the Philippines in […]

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Bridging the Indigenous and the International in Philippine Art and Culture

February 11, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda’s Privilege Speech
Bridging the Indigenous and the International
in Philippine Art and Culture
11 February 2014 – Senate Session Hall
History chronicles the attempts of individuals and institutions in recognizing the significance of art and culture from antiquity to contemporary times. Through private and public patronage, they signaled their unwavering commitment to honor their rich traditions and, simultaneously, understand their critical roles in society. As a result, massive temples and soaring cathedrals were built, palaces were turned into cabinets of curiosities and […]

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Philippines Takes Center Stage at Thomaslloyd Clean Tech Congress in Frankfurt

February 6, 2014

06 February 2014 – The Philippines took center stage at the 2014 ThomasLloyd Clean Tech Congress Europe, held at the Frankfurt Convention Center on January 24.  This year’s edition, themed “Meet Asia. Meet Renewable Energy’s Future,” brought together more than a thousand European investors and technology companies to discuss emerging business and investment opportunities in renewable energy infrastructure in Asia.
Owing to its strong partnership with Bronzeoak Philippines Inc., the Stuttgart-headquartered ThomasLloyd Group identified the Philippines as the conference’s focus country.  ThomasLloyd […]

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Learning from the Past to Build a Resilient Future

February 3, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda’s Privilege Speech
“Learning from the Past to Build a Resilient Future”
Senate Session Hall

It is nearly three months post-Yolanda and challenges continue to arise as many of the survivors either continue to depend on government and foreign aid or make use of their resourcefulness to make ends meet.
 
I rise today to stress on this message: We do not build resilience through relief efforts. Instead, we have to lessen the need for disaster relief.
 
Like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, typhoon […]

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