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Privilege Speech: CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR ASIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the MDGs

November 22, 2010

Mr. President,
It cannot be stressed enough that we only have five years left to halve poverty, eliminate illiteracy, improve health and fully realize the other Millennium Development Goals.
Across the globe, the situation is immensely challenging. The Global Monitoring Report 2010: the MDGs after the Crisis, revealed that between 2009 and 2015, 1.2 million more children under five and 262,000 more infants will die. In 2015, an estimated 350,000 more students might not complete their primary education. Moreover, 100 […]

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Privilege Speech: EID’L ADHA

MANIFESTATION
About 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide[1] will celebrate tomorrow the Eid’

November 15, 2010
l Adha—the Feast of Sacrifice that commemorates a story of dedication and obedience to God.
Mr. President, the Eid’

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Privilege Speech: Isang Habi, Isang Lahi

In culmination of the celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month that was celebrated throughout October and as we resume our sessions in this chamber, allow me to speak to you on this important subject matter of the protection of Indigenous Peoples Rights and their cultural integrity.
I. Recognition of Indigenous Peoples in the International Arena
Indigenous Peoples (IPs) make up over 370 million or about 5% of the world’

November 8, 2010
s population and live in 90 countries all over the world.[1] [...]

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International Day for Disaster Reduction

October 13, 2010

MANIFESTATION
Today, we join the world in marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, celebrating the small victories that we have so far won yet recognizing the persistent challenges that remain—foremost of which is the challenge to build more sustainable and disaster-resilient towns and cities.
In many parts of the globe, disasters of unprecedented proportions made it into the headlines. The earthquake in Pakistan, the flooding in Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng in the Philippines […]

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World Teachers’ Day 2010

Today, we join the international community in celebrating World Teachers’

October 5, 2010
Day by giving honor to our Filipino Teachers.
For this year’

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Privilege Speech: One Year After: Ondoy’s Wake-Up Call Remains Unheeded

In a survey conducted by the Nielsen Company and the Oxford University Institute of Climate Change late last year, the Philippines registered the highest level of concern for climate change among 54 countries surveyed. 78% of Filipino respondents said they are concerned[1]. In fact, VERY CONCERNED.
They have good reasons to feel that way. Let us review our records.
Looking Back
The Philippines was severely hit by three successive tropical cyclones: “

September 27, 2010
Ondoy”

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Speech on the Millennium Development Goals

1. The MDG Summit 2010
Today, the 20th of September, heeding the urgent call of the United Nations Secretary-General, world leaders convene an important summit in New York to review the progress of countries on the collective commitment of nations for human development under the Millennium Declaration of 2000 –

September 19, 2010
that is, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015.
The MDGs represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be [...]

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The Evolving Roles of BHWs: Bridging the Gap for Future Health Reforms

September 4, 2010

For sixteen years, our barangay health workers have been our health information disseminators, the nurturers of expectant mothers and sick children, and the providers of genuine health care to the Filipino in the deepest nooks of the country.
I would like to thank the National Confederation of Barangay Health Workers of the Philippines for inviting me to speak before the unsung heroes of our health delivery system.
Indeed, we have gone far in medicine and health care services. But it […]

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The Human Face of Climate Change

September 4, 2010

It is my pleasure to be invited here to speak about an issue which has become one of the greatest humanitarian development challenges that we all face, an issue of global proportion.
While climate change has recently been at the forefront of local and international dialogues, it is perhaps only now that the nation has seen its devastating impacts.
Unfortunately, it had to take Ondoy, Pepeng and Basyang for us to realize that climate change is not just a scientific […]

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State of the Climate Speech

August 10, 2010

Never before in history have humans proactively worked together to avert a global catastrophe, as what we now attempt to achieve with the threatening challenge of climate change.
It is 2010, a particular time to look into the progress of countries towards halving poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is impossible to achieve without taking extensive measures to minimize the impacts of recurring floods, droughts, and other hazards that push Filipinos back […]

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