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Training Workshop for National and Local Governments in Southeast Asia and South Asia on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

February 10, 2012

I am pleased to be part of this Training Workshop for National and Local Governments in Southeast Asia and South Asia on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.
ICLEI is a laudable organization of local governments. It is a trailblazer in its effort to make environmental sustainability a central part of the development process. And allow me to congratulate you for successfully organizing this important initiative.
National and local leaders across the globe increasingly realize that developments practices have not been […]


Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas 4th National Executive Board Meeting and 2nd General Assembly

February 9, 2012

Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas
4th National Executive Board Meeting and 2nd General Assembly
Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
9 February 2012
Allow me to thank you for inviting me to deliver a message for this important assembly.
As national and local government leaders, we have the moral responsibility to usher and achieve genuine development for the country and our communities. But as leaders closest to the people, much is expected from barangay officials because you have […]


An Act Amending Articles 363 and 364 of Act No. 3815, Otherwise Known as the Revised Penal Code

January 31, 2012

Our reputation is an aspect of our lives that we continuously seek to protect, as public perception about us undeniably extends to our loved ones and our families. To extremists, a good name is regarded as more important than life itself, since the former leaves an imprint that lasts beyond the latter.


Privilege Speech

Building Back a Better Mindanao

January 30, 2012

Forty-five days after Mindanao bore tropical storm Sendong’s whiplash of death and destruction, we witness severely affected cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan pick up and rebuild the pieces of their people’s shattered lives.

For days, if not weeks, headlines screamed the cold statistics on the dead and the missing and the confluence of factors that led to the unspeakable disaster.


“Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT)”

I have the honor to seek approval of Senate Resolution No. 664, entitled “

December 13, 2011
Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”


Privilege Speech

Durban Conference Outcome

December 12, 2011

Against a backdrop of the glacial pace by which the international climate treaty negotiations have progressed, recently evidenced by the near collapse of climate talks in Durban, I rise once again to remind world leaders of the responsibilities before us to lead our people out of the crises and uncertainties brought about by climate change.
We can take inspiration from a victim of a disaster, who turned the tragedy into an opportunity and help stop the next disaster from happening.


Speech of Senator Loren Legarda 2nd Philippines-Korea Partnership Forum

The Philippines and Korea have a long history of partnership, with Filipinos dedicating their lives in Korea’

December 5, 2011
s struggle for freedom.
The Korean War in its broadest sense was a crucial battle for the Republic of Korea (ROK) as a nation


Briefing on the 19th ASEAN/ APEC Summits and Related

This month, two meetings of great import to the region and to our country were held –

November 28, 2011
one in Bali, and the other one in Hawaii. These are the recently-concluded 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’


READY Project National Conference “Hazard Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community Based Disaster Risk Management”

November 24, 2011

(Standard Greetings)
Allow me first to thank the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for inviting me to this conference that is very significant to our advocacy of strengthening disaster risk reduction efforts in the community level.
Disaster risks, by all indications, are increasing exponentially. The fusion of socio-economic realities and extreme climatic events has confounded gallant attempts by governments. We cannot, however, be caught off-balanced and discouraged, and instead, try to match our best intentions with a […]


Privilege Speech

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 23, 2011

Mr. President
The world will commemorate on November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Sixteen years after the country adopted its first special law to protect women against sexual harassment and six other special laws thereafter, we continue to be hounded by an increasing incidence of violence against women.
The number of violence against women cases reported to the Philippine National Police rose by 52% from the figure of 2009, based on official figures compiled […]