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Privilege Speech on 2017 Int’l Day for Biodiversity

May 23, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on 2017 Int’l Day for Biodiversity
23 May 2017 | Senate of the Philippines
 
Our biodiversity and the ecosystems that it helps function are essential to all forms of life on Earth.
 
The Philippines is very fortunate because not only is it one of the megadiverse countries, but it is also the center of the center of biodiversity, as proven in various expeditions where scientists and researchers have been able to discover new and endemic […]

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Privilege Speech on the Palarong Pambansa 2017

May 3, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on the Palarong Pambansa 2017
3 May 2017 | Senate Session Hall
Mr. President,
The 60th Palarong Pambansa recently concluded in my home province, Antique, and I stand here today to express my gratitude to everyone involved and to commit my continuing support for sports development in our country.
I wish to congratulate all the participants—from the winning region, NCR and to all the student-athletes from all regions. It was a proud moment for me to see our young, talented […]

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Privilege Speech: Continue the Peace Talks

February 13, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech: Continue the Peace Talks
13 February 2017 | Senate Session Hall
Mr. President,
I wish to put on record my views on the peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
I call on all parties to continue the peace talks. War is not an option. More death and suffering will be the result of the resumption of hostilities which neither the government nor the NFDP can win.
As someone who has been involved […]

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Privilege Speech on Water Security

February 6, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on Water Security
6 February 2017 | Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
 
I rise on a matter of personal and collective privilege to draw special attention to one of the most basic needs of our existence yet it is a resource that we have taken for granted—water.
 
Man can live for several weeks without food, but a few days without water would be detrimental to one’s health. Our body, after all, is made up of about […]

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Privilege Speech on the Paris Agreement

November 7, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on the Paris Agreement
7 November 2016 | Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
 
I rise today on the occasion of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the third anniversary of Supertyphoon Yolanda. Yesterday was also the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
 
In light of the commemoration of Yolanda anniversary tomorrow, allow me first to put on record that we have allocated 25.6 […]

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Privilege Speech on Indigenous Children

October 18, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on Indigenous Children
18 October 2016 | Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
 
October is National Indigenous Peoples’ Month, a celebration of our cultural diversity, an opportune time to honor our IPs and their overwhelming contributions to our history, culture and heritage.
 
The Philippine Constitution recognizes this diversity and under the framework of national unity and development, mandates State recognition, protection, promotion, and fulfillment of the rights of indigenous peoples.
 
The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 […]

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Privilege Speech: International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016

October 12, 2016

Privilege Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
International Day for Disaster Reduction 2016
12 October 2016 | Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
 
Tomorrow, October 13, we will commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). I rise today on a matter of personal and collective privilege to highlight once again the need to build our communities’ resilience to disaster and climate risks.
 
When Nenita Consolacion saw her two children in the rubble, they were lifeless, but what struck her most was the […]

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Privilege Speech: 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change

December 14, 2015

Privilege Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change
14 December 2015 | Senate Session Hall

Mr. President,
 
On December 12, 195 nations, including the Philippines, adopted the Paris Agreement following 13 days of climate change negotiations.
 
Foremost, I commend the Philippine delegation and the negotiating team headed by the Climate Change Commission for their hard work, for being the voice of reason, and for asserting the rights of vulnerable nations.
 
According to our delegation, “The Paris Agreement may […]

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Privilege Speech: Towards COP21

November 4, 2015

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA
Privilege Speech: Towards COP21
4 November 2015 | Senate Session Hall
Mr. President,
Three weeks ago, Typhoon Lando (Koppu) battered Luzon provinces. It lingered over the country for a week, affecting more than three million citizens and causing damages to agriculture and infrastructure worth Php11 Billion.
With ongoing post-disaster efforts for Lando survivors, we received reports that huge amount of disaster funds, particularly 81% of the quick response funds or QRF for 2015, remain unutilized, prompting this representation […]

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Privilege Speech on the Sustainable Development Goals

September 30, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on the Sustainable Development Goals
30 September 2015 | Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
 
We all dream of living in progressive, peaceful, safe and healthy communities. We all hope to be able to fulfill our needs and enjoy our basic rights. But we live in a world far from ideal. There is poverty around us; there is hunger, inequality, injustice, violence, natural hazards, environmental degradation, and climate change.
 
Nations sought to address these challenges through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which […]

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