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Legarda Hails Establishment of 1st IP Resource Center in PH

February 29, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda hailed the establishment of the country’s first indigenous peoples resource center (IPRC) housed at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) – Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS).

“I salute the UP Visayas and its Center for West Visayan Studies for taking the lead in establishing an IP Resource Center in the Panay Region, my beloved home region. Your initiative is a concrete demonstration of what we can achieve if we have the sense of urgency to translate our passion and commitment into action,” said Legarda in her speech read by Former Antique Governor Sally Zaldivar Perez during the inauguration of the Center last February 24.

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Legarda: Invest in Women’s Leadership for Climate Solutions

February 29, 2016

In celebration of National Women’s Month this March, Senator Loren Legarda today encouraged women to lead and be actively involved in climate change adaptation and mitigation as she called on the government to empower women by addressing their vulnerabilities.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, said that while statistics show that women are more vulnerable to disaster and climate change impacts than men, this vulnerability can turn into strengths with gender-sensitive government programs that address the special needs of women.

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Keynote Speech: NCCA 8th Ani ng Dangal Awards

February 29, 2016

Tonight we are gathered to celebrate the profound creativity of the Filipino people.

From the music we select to accompany us in the daily grind of commuting, or the urban street art that speaks to us as we traverse the congested streets of the metro — the Filipino spirit of creativity is present.

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Legarda: Next PHL President Must Make Climate and Disaster Resilience a Priority

February 27, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today said that whoever will be the country’s next President must make climate and disaster resilience a priority of government, especially because the Philippines is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts and natural hazards.

“Disaster risk management and climate change adaptation should be part of the agenda of our presidential candidates and all other candidates whether running for local or national positions. Our media forums have been discussing these issues but still not as extensively as they should be. Super typhoon Yolanda was an eye-opener on the devastating effects of climate change,” said Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience.

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Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in the Philippines: Current State of Affairs and Future Directions

February 26, 2016

We toil today to provide a brighter future for our children. But that future can be bleak, dark and dirty if we go business as usual, if we continue to burn fossil fuels, if we continue to believe that coal is cheap, if we continue to rely on oil to fuel our needs.

The late Nelson Mandela once said, “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.”[1]

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Legarda Commends Lav Diaz for Alfred Bauer Prize in 66th Berlin Film Festival

February 24, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda commended filmmaker Lav Diaz for garnering the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival for his critically acclaimed feature film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery.) The Alfred Bauer Prize is given to a feature film that “opens new perspectives on cinematic art.”

The Berlin International Film Festival is one of the world’s leading cinema events. It annually brings together the global industry’s top filmmakers, actors, actresses, and producers in one venue to celebrate the best works in the cinematic world.