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National Heritage Month 2012

Senate Session Hall

May 22, 2012
Amid screaming headlines of burning political issues, which define boundaries that divide us, I rise to remind everyone of a subject, which reinforces a common identity that ultimately unites us. It is the great national pride of being Filipinos as bearers of a rich cultural patrimony.

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Inauguration of Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles

Artistry of Philippine Textiles

May 18, 2012
It has been my lifelong passion to explore the indigenous artistry of Filipinos told through traditional textiles.

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AFP Modernization Act

Senate Session Hall

May 17, 2012
Article II, Section 3 of the Philippine Constitution states that, "The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is the protector of the people and the State. Its goal is to secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory."

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Building a Resilient Mindanao A Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchange on Reducing Vulnerabilities and Adapting to Climate Change

The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City, Albay

May 5, 2012
It is with great pleasure to be part of this Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchange on Reducing Vulnerabilities and Adapting to Climate Change initiated by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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ALSP Conference on Mining

Ateneo de Davao University

April 25, 2012
cattered in the breadth and depth of about one-third of the country's total land mass are minerals. Around fourteen million hectares of the total 30 million hectares of Philippine soil contain copious amounts of mineral reserves.

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Earth Day 2012 Message

Kaangkan Park, Marikina City

April 21, 2012
Allow me to thank everyone for coming here today to take part in our celebration of Earth Day 2012. I am particularly grateful to the City Government of Marikina for hosting this event, and to the Department of Natural Resources and the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation for partnering with Luntiang Pilipinas in this initiative.

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Sponsorship Speech: Securing the Future of Our Overseas Filipino Workers

March 21, 2012

Securing the Future of Our Overseas Filipino Workers
Sponsorship Speech
“Convention on Social Security between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain”
Senate Session Hall | 21 March 2012
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues,
I have the honor to seek approval of Senate Resolution No. 751 under Committee Report No. 136, entitled: “Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Convention on Social Security between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain.”
Background
The United Nations […]

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Committee Report No. 94, Senate Bill No. 3091 National Land Use Act

Mr. President,
I am pleased to state my support for this measure that seeks to provide a unified legal framework that will ensure a rational, holistic, and just allocation, use and management of the country’

March 21, 2012
s land resources.
As we know, the lack of a comprehensive land use policy has resulted to an irrational use of our land resources such as conversions of irrigable lands into residential locations, ancestral lands into mining sites, and use of hazard-prone areas for human settlements. [...]

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Forum on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

March 21, 2012

Allow me to thank the organizers of this event, led by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the National Museum, for inviting me to take part in this forum on intellectual property and traditional knowledge.
There are 110 IP groups in the Philippines, with each community possessing its own traditional knowledge that had been passed on […]

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Convention on Social Security between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues,
I have the honor to seek approval of Senate Resolution No.51 under Committee Report No. 136, entitled: “

March 20, 2012
Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Convention on Social Security between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain.”

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