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Legarda Calls for Resilient Economy as Phl Posts Slow 1st Quarter Growth

May 31, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today reiterated her call to build a resilient economy that will cushion the impacts of natural hazards and climate change following the reported slowdown in the country’s growth primarily due to disasters.
 
For the first quarter of 2014, the Philippines registered GDP growth of 5.7%. In the same period last year, growth was at 7.7%. Economists attributed the slow growth to disasters such as the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and Typhoon Yolanda.
 
“Economic losses due to disasters are […]

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Legarda: PHL, One of the Biggest Losers Amid Threats of Biological Meltdown

May 30, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed alarm over reports of an impending biological meltdown that threatens the planet.
 
According to the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the Philippines is ranked fourth in the world out of 19 ecological hotspots which indicate the highest concentration of biodiversity in the globe.
 
“Our country is blessed with rich biodiversity. This means we have the most to lose as threats of biological meltdown continue to be proven by scientific data and research,” she said.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee […]

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Statement of Senator Loren Legarda on Napoles’ Affidavit

May 26, 2014

I categorically deny, in the strongest terms, allegations that I had any dealings with Ms. Napoles or any of her group. I have never dealt with them and have never even heard of their foundations. Above all, I have never received monetary or any form of illegal benefit from my PDAF or its equivalent at any time. I have never authorized anyone in my staff or outside of my office to transact with anyone.
 
I have judiciously allocated my PDAF to […]

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Report on the 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia

May 26, 2014

Privilege Speech: Report on the 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia
26 May 2014 – Senate Session Hall
 
 
Mr. President,
 
I have the honor to report to this chamber key issues discussed during the 23rd World Economic Forum on East Asia, particularly the session on Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks where I was a panelist and discussion leader.
 
The Philippine hosting of WEF gave us the opportunity to tell the region and the world that we are back in business and that despite the calamities and […]

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File Charges Against Employer of Abused OFW in Saudi, Legarda Tells PHL Gov’t

May 26, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today urged the Philippine government to pursue charges against those responsible for the abuse of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Pahima Alagasi Palacasi.
Through a Senate Resolution, Legarda urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to exercise the Doctrine of Parens Patriae in pursuing the filing of the appropriate charges against the employer, recruitment agency and other individuals responsible for the abuse against Palacasi.
The Doctrine of Parens […]

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Senate Resolution No. 668 – Congratulating and Commending Victoria Lucia Tauli-Corpuz

May 26, 2014

RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING AND COMMENDING VICTORIA LUCIA TAULI-CORPUZ, THE FIRST INDIGENOUS WOMAN FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO BE APPOINTED AS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES BY THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Scope: National
Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (5/27/2014)
http://senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=16&q=SRN-668
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SRN-668 (as filed)

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Senate Resolution No. 669 – Guardian of the Rights of the People

May 26, 2014

RESOLUTION URGING THE APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SUCH AS THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA), THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT (DOLE), THE OVERSEAS WORKERS WELFARE ADMINISTRATION (OWWA) AND OTHER LABOR RELATED AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT, TO EXERCISE THE DOCTRINE OF PARENS PATRIAE OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE GUARDIAN OF THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE, IN PURSUING THE FILING OF CRIMINAL, CIVIL AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CHARGES AGAINST THE PRINCIPAL EMPLOYER, THE LOCAL PHILIPPINE AGENT AND SUCH OTHER PERSONALITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INHUMANE […]

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Invest in Resilience, Legarda Tells WEF


May 23, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda has encouraged both government and the business sector to include resilience at the core of private and public governance as she stressed that disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) is a wise investment, during the interactive session “Designing Solutions on Climate and Resource Risks” of the World Economic Forum on East Asia.
 
“Globally, economic losses due to disasters are taking a toll on development. These losses will continue to escalate unless DRRM becomes integral to national development plans and business […]

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Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks – Lead Statement

May 22, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda
 Lead Statement
Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks
World Economic Forum, Manila
22 May 2014 – Makati Shangri-La Hotel
 
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report of March 2014 highlights the risks posed by climate change to the global effort to tackle priority development issues.  Because of climate change, poverty alleviation and achieving food security will become increasingly difficult, new poverty traps will arise as existing obstacles remain, and economic growth will slow down.[1]
 
Policies play an important role in our […]

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Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks – DRR Situationer

May 22, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda
DRR Situationer
Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks
World Economic Forum, Manila
22 May 2014 – Makati Shangri-La Hotel
 
The world’s attention was focused on the Philippines more than six months ago when Haiyan, the world’s strongest typhoon to make landfall, hit our country.
Entire towns and cities in Central Philippines were flattened, affecting nearly 10 million people.  More than 6,000 people perished, and to date, a thousand more are missing.
Damage to property, infrastructure, and livelihood was staggering, estimated at USD2.2 […]

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