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Launch of Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) Project

March 1, 2012

Allow me to thank the Manila Observatory and the Ateneo de Manila University for inviting me to join you in the launch of the Coastal Cities at Risk Project.
An estimated 2.8 billion people, or more than 40% of the total global population, are living in coastal cities.
If we consider locations that are less than 9 meters above sea level, so called “low elevation coastal zones,” then roughly one in every 10 person in the world lives in these […]

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Environmental Planning Act of 2012

In this era when the severity and frequency of natural hazards and extreme weather events are unpredictable, rural development and urban planning have become even more critical. We have witnessed whole villages being swept away by enormous floods and various infrastructure crumbling during strong earthquakes.
It is unfortunate that it is only after disasters strike that we realize how badly we have abused our natural resources

February 28, 2012
that we have failed to faithfully pursue sustainable, adaptable and resilient development.
The development [...]

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The Future that We Want for Mindanao

Two months after Mindanao endured tropical storm Sendong’

February 18, 2012
s whiplash of death and destruction, a critical opportunity is presented before us –

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Multisectoral Consultation to Enhance the DRR/CCA Content of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP)

February 17, 2012

The importance and urgency of pursuing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in a more comprehensive and effective way as a national strategy to achieve our development goals cannot be overemphasized.
Today, we make an effort to revisit the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and ensure that amid the impact of recurring natural hazards, our hard-earned socio-economic gains and development goals are not in peril.
I thank the National Economic and Development Authority for organizing this Multisectoral Consultation, the outcome […]

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Hunger Amidst Plenty

“Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) to establish the Office of the WorldFish Center in the Philippines”
(Committee Report No. 124 / Senate Resolution No. 708) I have the honor to seek approval of Senate Resolution No. 708, entitled “

February 14, 2012
Resolution concurring in the ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the International [...]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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“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”

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