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Opening Statement at the BMUB High-level Round Table Discussion with Key Philippine Government Partners

April 6, 2017

On March 14 this year, the Philippine Senate voted unanimously to concur in the ratification of the Paris Agreement, making the Philippines the 138th[1] country, out of 197 parties, to ratify the deal.

The Paris Agreement is said to be a “testament of solidarity” and an instrument for global climate action. It provides a platform by which developing and developed countries shall pursue climate action and uphold climate justice together.

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Opening Statement: Hearing on the Proposed Rightsizing the National Government Act

February 21, 2017

Opening Statement of Senator Loren Legarda
Hearing on the Proposed Rightsizing the National Government Act
Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation, Subcommittee on SBN 1162 and 1167
21 February 2017 | Recto Room, Senate of the Philippines
 
Good afternoon and welcome to the hearing of the Subcommittee on Senate Bill Nos.  1162 and 1167, under the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation.
 
I wish to thank our resource persons today as we discuss […]

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Opening Statement: Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures (JCOCPE)

February 20, 2017

Opening Statement of Senator Loren Legarda
Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures (JCOCPE)
20 February 2017, Recto and Laurel Rooms, Senate of the Philippines
 
Good morning and welcome to today’s organizational meeting and committee hearing of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures on the utilization of the Quick Response Funds for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and by the Office of Civil Defense.
 
A […]

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Opening Statement: Hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change

February 6, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Opening Statement
Hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change
6 February 2017
 
 
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to today’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change.
 
I would like to thank all our resource persons as your insights will be very valuable as we discuss the way forward, now that all key agencies have expressed their concurrence in the government’s ratification of the Paris Agreement. At this point that […]

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Opening Statement: Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Agreement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

November 10, 2016

Opening Statement of Senator Loren Legarda
Committee on Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on the Agreement of the
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
10 November 2016, Recto Room
 
Good morning and welcome to today’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the Articles of Agreement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
 
Similar to the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, the AIIB is a multilateral lending institution first proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier […]

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Opening Statement: Briefing by the Development Budget Coordinating Committee on the Proposed FY 2017 National Government Budget

August 30, 2016

Opening Statement Senator Loren Legarda
Chair, Senate Committee on Finance
Briefing by the Development Budget Coordinating Committee
on the Proposed FY 2017 National Government Budget
30 August 2016 | Senate of the Philippines
Good morning.
Today, the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) will brief us on the proposed P3.35 Trillion National Government Budget for 2017.
As we open discussions on the 2017 national budget, I would like to stress on the importance of the task laid before us.
Your Committee […]

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Opening Statement: Senate Committee on Climate Change Organizational Meeting

August 22, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda’s Opening Statement
Senate Committee on Climate Change
Organizational Meeting
22 August 2016 | Senate of the Philippines
I would like to call this organizational meeting of the Senate Committee on Climate Change to order.
Good afternoon and we welcome the members of the Committee.
In the past congresses, the Committee has spearheaded the creation of vital pieces of legislation needed to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation in government policies, both in national and local levels.
Today, as […]

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Opening Address: CVF High Level Climate Policy Forum

August 15, 2016

Opening Address of Senator Loren Legarda
CVF High Level Climate Policy Forum
15 August 2016 | Senate of the Philippines
 
What does the future hold for us—nations greatly vulnerable to the ill effects of climate change?
 
We are walking on thin ice. Our future is uncertain because we are facing a crisis that we cannot resolve on our own.
 
Sea level rise threatens to submerge island nations including our fellow CVF member states—Kiribati, Marshall Islands and the Maldives. Ocean acidification is […]

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Opening Statement: Hearing on the Proposed Batanes Responsible Tourism Act (H.B. No. 6152)

January 25, 2016

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA
Opening Statement
Committee on Environment & Natural Resources
Hearing on the Proposed Batanes Responsible Tourism Act (H.B. No. 6152)
25 January 2016
Good morning and welcome to today’s public hearing of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on House Bill No. 6152 concerning the declaration of the Province of Batanes as a responsible, community-based, cultural heritage and ecotourism zone.
The Province of Batanes is teeming with natural resources and boasts of unique flora and […]

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Opening Message: Summit of Conscience for the Climate

October 9, 2015

Opening Message of Senator Loren Legarda
Summit of Conscience for the Climate
9 October 2015 | Senate of the Philippines
I welcome all our guests today in this Summit of Conscience for the Climate. I am very thankful for your presence, which is already a manifestation that you care.
“Why do I care?” This was the question asked of me and my fellow delegates and speakers at the first Summit of Consciences for the Climate in Paris, France in July […]

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