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Who are minding the store?

October 29, 2014

To her credit, Legarda has been taking up national issues and concerns even as these matters do not always get her on the front pages of newspapers or played up in radio and TV news. This obviously does not deter her from pursuing her advocacies that are not controversial enough for media’s attention. She keeps busy promoting her pet projects from highfalutin subjects like climate change and disaster risk reduction to ethnic weaving and promoting the rights of local indigenous […]

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Symposium for the International Day for Disaster Reduction and ASEAN Day for Disaster Management

October 29, 2014

Keynote Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
Symposium for the International Day for Disaster Reduction
and ASEAN Day for Disaster Management
29 October 2014 – Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
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 […]

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Legarda: Include PWDs, Elderly in Disaster Resilience Efforts

October 29, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today called for the inclusion of every citizen, including persons with disabilities (PWDs) and older persons, in the country’s disaster risk reduction and management programs.
Speaking at the Symposium for the International Day for Disaster Reduction and ASEAN Day for Disaster Management, which was organized by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Legarda stressed that “building resilience should be everybody’s attitude,” hence, even the PWDs and the elderly should be involved in disaster resilience efforts […]

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Co-Sponsorship Speech on House Bill 4660

October 28, 2014

Co-Sponsorship Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
House Bill 4660
28 October 2014 – Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
 
Based on an Asian Development Bank report on the Philippine justice sector, one of the significant challenges affecting the speedy administration of justice and disposition of court cases in the country is the high vacancy rates in the judiciary.[1]
 
The passage of Republic Act 9227 in 2003, which authorizes a 100% raise in compensation for judges, has only temporarily halted the further rise in vacancy rates. […]

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Senate Bill No. 2440 – National Writing System Act of 2014

October 28, 2014

AN ACT DECLARING ‘BAYBAYIN’ AS THE NATIONAL WRITING SYSTEM OF THE PHILIPPINES, PROVIDING FOR ITS PROMOTION, PROTECTION, PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Scope: National
Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (10/29/2014)
http://senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=16&q=SBN-2440
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SBN-2440 (as filed)

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Senate Resolution No. 984 – Heritage Structures and Trees

October 28, 2014

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, ARTS AND CULTURE TO LOOK INTO THE CONTINUED DETERIORATION AND DESTRUCTION OF IMPORTANT HERITAGE STRUCTURES AND TREES WITH THE END VIEW OF STRENGTHENING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COUNTRY’S HERITAGE PROTECTION LAWS
Scope: National
Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (10/29/2014)
http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=16&q=SRN-984
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SRN-984 (as filed)

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Legarda Urges Gov’t to Donate NHA Land to PCMC

October 28, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today urged the National Housing Authority (NHA) to donate to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) the land that the hospital currently occupies.
During the Senate hearing on the issue of ownership of the land currently occupied by PCMC, Legarda said she hopes that the matter would be resolved before the year ends so that the PCMC can focus on expanding its services to benefit more indigent Filipino patients.
“There is nothing in the NHA charter that would prevent […]

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Legarda: PHL Gov’t Must Prepare MSMEs for ASEAN Economic Integration

October 27, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today said that as ASEAN member-countries anticipate the emergence of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by December 2015, the Philippine government must ensure that the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are ready to be part it.
 
Legarda said that, in pursuit of an AEC, ASEAN operates on the assumption that with open borders and free trade, more investments will come in and therefore improve the region’s competitiveness.
 
“It is believed that the AEC will allow the region […]

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Gov’t urged to prepare MSMEs for Asean economic integration

October 27, 2014

THE government should prepare the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for the emergence of Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) members in Asean Economic Community (AEC) by December next year, Senator Loren Legarda said Monday.
Legarda said the AEC would allow the region to gain greater influence in the global economic and political aspects, citing that MSMEs continue to dominate Asean region and operate as subsistence-based enterprises.
“If left unprepared or if they remain uncompetitive, our MSMEs will find […]

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What does an ASEAN Economic Community mean for our people?

October 27, 2014

Privilege Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
What does an ASEAN Economic Community mean for our people?
October 27, 2014 – Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
Distinguished colleagues
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I speak before you today, against the backdrop of an emerging ASEAN Economic Community or AEC by December 2015.
 
ASEAN is one of the most diverse regions in the world.  It is a region of 32,000 islands spanning over 4 million square kilometers and hosting more than 600 million people who speak more than 900 different languages and dialects.
 
It […]

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