It is a rare occasion that the Senate considers an issue that recalls the broad sweep of developments in the last century if only to remind us that it proved to be one of the most violent periods of human history. It was characterized by two world wars, the Korean war, the Vietnam war and its 50 years toward the beginning of the present millennium pervaded by the tension of the Cold War that constantly pushed humanity to […]
Committee Report No. 52 Proposed Senate Resolution No. 546 “Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court”
Message of Senator Loren Legarda Opening of the Photo Exhibit VISAGE: Portraits of Filipinos Facing Climate Change By Jose Enrique Soriano
Statistics dominate headlines and discourse on the catastrophes of climate change: inches of rainfall, damages to properties and businesses, costs of livestock and crop destruction, and so on. These are the vital yet ultimately impersonal figures that are often presented to us. Even tolls on people displaced and killed remain just that-disquieting but faceless numbers.
Our exhibit, co-organized by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities headed by Red Constantino, hopes to […]
Philippine launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development
This forum could not come at a more opportune time. Yesterday, we heard the State of the Nation Address (SONA) from our President. I laud President Aquino for speaking on good governance, social protection, and socio-economic gains, among other successes. However, as UNISDR Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for the Asia and the Pacific, I would appreciate the SONA more if the President asserted more clearly how the government will pursue disaster risk reduction and […]
As we observe World Environment Day this week, I rise to bring to the attention of this august chamber the main messages of the recently launched 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction of the United Nations, which aims to reveal risks and redefine development.
The world has been seeing the worst, biggest and deadliest disasters over the years –
Our rich Filipino heritage is our birthright, our identity and our legacy. It is however unfortunate that as we face globalization, many of us have lost our connection with our roots.
In the season of celebrating the National Heritage Month, it is but fitting to help bring our culture closer to our people, to reawaken citizens’
Our culture as a Filipino people is threatened [...]
Efforts to reverse the despoliation of our environment is not a harmless job for our environmental workers. At times, lives are sacrificed.
I would like to register my support for the measure Senate Bill No. 2796, the”
Discrimination exists in our society. This is a statement we can either refute –
The United Nations reported that over the past two decades, the number of recorded disasters has doubled from approximately 200 to over 400 per year. Nine out of every ten of these disasters are said to be climate-related.
Disasters do not only abound. They have also become deadlier. And with climate change, the country is foreseen to suffer stronger typhoons, sea level rise, more flashfloods, more devastating droughts and increased incidence of water and vector-borne diseases.
And to […]
Joint hearing of Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development
The first quarter of the year has posed a great challenge to our government in terms of promoting the well-being and safety of Filipino nationals overseas. The socio-political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, and the hazards that occurred in some nations have put to test the ability of our government, including our embassies and consulates abroad, to carry out its mandated duty to protect our citizens living and working in foreign countries.
The political unrest in Tunisia […]