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Google urged to develop ‘Risk Finder’

April 30, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Loren Legarda urged Internet search engine Google to develop a “Google Risk Finder” similar to the Google Person Finder that helps people find missing persons during times of disasters.
Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Climate Change, said during her speech at Google’s Crisis Response Summit Wednesday that there should be an application that can easily display all possible geohazard risks, such as landslides, earthquakes, flooding, and storm surges in a certain area.
Prior to her speech, […]

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Google Crisis Response Summit

April 30, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda’s Keynote Speech
Google Crisis Response Summit
30 April 2014 –SMX Convention Center
 
It is with great pleasure that I take part in this event, the Google Crisis Response Summit, where we see convergence among various sectors of society to use technology and innovation in finding solutions to the growing social, economic and development challenges caused by disasters arising from natural hazards made stronger by climate change.
 
Here in our country, disaster risks abound. The Philippines, being an archipelagic state located in the […]

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Legarda: Thousands Can Be Employed Through Green Jobs

April 30, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today stressed on the importance of promoting green skills and green jobs, stating that it would provide employment opportunities and boost climate change adaptation efforts in the country.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Environment and Natural Resources and on Climate Change, noted that there are already 3.5 million green jobs worldwide and the Philippines has the potential to generate thousands of green jobs, especially if there are more renewable energy investments in the country.
 
“We take note […]

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The ancestral home where statues of saints were also said to roam the grounds

April 27, 2014

Stray golf balls, catfish of unknown provenance, and a life-size statue of the scourged Jesus Christ that roams the grounds during the wee hours are just some of the stories told by residents inside the Bautista compound in Malabon.
Resting at the border shared with Caloocan, the 4,000-square-meter property used to host a single structure built by German national Otto Scherer in the 1930s that was taken over by the Japanese imperial army during World War II.
After the war, the legendary […]

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Legarda launches docu on Philippine marine biodiversity

April 27, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources, launched a video documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity that coincided with Earth Day on April 22.
The project, which marks her third collaboration with internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza, aims to raise awareness on the current condition of the country’s marine life and underwater resources.
Senator Legarda was inspired to do the project after watching marine videos taken by underwater videographer Robert “Bobbit” Suntay, co-founder and executive director of […]

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Marine biodiversity video launched

April 26, 2014

IN A bid to raise awareness on the current condition of the country’s marine life and underwater resources, Senator Loren Legarda, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, launched a video documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity at the National Museum last Tuesday.
“There has been too much destruction and desecration of our natural resources including our seas. We see bodies of water littered with various kinds of waste, but beyond the surface of these waters we discover greater […]

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Protect marine resources, says Legarda

April 23, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate climate change committee, on Tuesday renewed her call for the protection of the marine diversity and the preservation of the ecosystems in the country.
Legarda made the call as the world celebrates the Earth Day today (Tuesday, April 22).
She stressed that the Philippines is one of the 17 megadiverse countries, home to majority of Earth’s species.
”Unfortunately, we are also one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, with a large number of species that are […]

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Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

April 23, 2014

“Gutom (hunger),” Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of our marine resources is not stopped.
Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environmetn and Natural Resources,  presented the grim scenario during the launch of a  video documentary on Philippine Marine Biodiversity at the National Museum on International Earth Day.
Directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza and shot by underwater videographer, Robert Suntay, the  documentary is part oc a campaign to prod  Filipinos to […]

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“Building Green: An LGU Imperative”

April 23, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda’s Speech
Forum on Green Building Initiative
“Building Green: An LGU Imperative”
23 April 2014 – Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati
 
The future communities in the Philippines will vastly differ from the ones we live in today. As we witness the 21st century unfold, our nation faces a new set of technological, socioeconomic and global challenges that are more complex than any of us have ever experienced in our shared history. They dramatically alter the way we live in our communities, and at stake […]

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Opening Remarks of Senator Loren Legarda Launch of Philippine Marine Biodiversity Video Documentary

April 22, 2014

Opening Remarks of Senator Loren Legarda
Launch of Philippine Marine Biodiversity
Video Documentary
22  April 2014 – Museum of the Filipino People, Manila
Today we launch a video documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity as we celebrate Earth Day—a most opportune time to highlight the need to protect our natural resources including those within our seas.
Our country is blessed with rich biodiversity. But the way we have lived in the past decades and our failure to protect our natural resources have caused more stress […]

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