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Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “My City, My Town is Getting Ready!”

OPENING STATEMENT SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA Today, we make history here in East Rembo Elementary School as Metro Manila and the Alliance of Seven join more than 150 cities and municipalities all over the world who have committed to undertake essential actions in line with UNISDR’

February 11, 2011
s global campaign launched last year. Metro Manila has been dubbed as the convenience store of disasters because based on the latest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) risk assessment synthesis report, NCR is most at risk of [...]


Technical Briefing on the Joint World Bank-UN Publication: “Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention”

Technical Briefing on the Joint World Bank-UN Publication:
“Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention” OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA As the Philippines seeks to pursue sustainable development, the lessons of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng have taught us that we should not train our sights merely on enhancing our capacities to re-build after each and every disaster. For without effective disaster prevention, hundreds of lives, thousands of homes, billions worth of properties and livelihoods, even government’

February 10, 2011
s growth and [...]


“International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change”Conserving biodiversity amidst climate change”

February 1, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I take part in this event, the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change, where we see partnership among various sectors of society at work.
I am aware of the enormous efforts made by all, especially by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to make this important gathering happen.
A few decades back, man and nature used to be the best of friends. We used to savor […]


The Security Implications of Climate Change

I am pleased to jointly organize with the British Embassy this important lecture on the security implications of climate change. This forum came at a great time as this will help generate inputs to on-going legislative discussions on ways by which the country’

January 26, 2011
s strategies and responses to climate change can be best addressed.
I often assert in various dialogues that climate change has become the greatest humanitarian and development challenge of our time.
While the Philippine level of carbon dioxide [...]


Privilege Speech

Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day

Mr President, my distinguished colleagues:
Today, January 24, has been declared by Malacañang as the “

January 24, 2011
Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day.”


Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2010 Committee Report No. 13 / Senate Bill No. 2625

Nine hundred forty nine trafficking in persons cases in ten years or nearly a hundred Filipinos victimized each year —

January 17, 2011
such was the situation seven years ago when Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted.
Today, it is estimated that more than 2000 Filipinos fall prey into trafficking each year.
Distinguished colleagues, behind these numbers are stories of individuals whose freedom of choice is impaired by desperation or helplessness, thus rendering them vulnerable to exploitation. Victims [...]


DISASTER RISK REDUCTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCH FOR REGION-VII Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “My City, My Town is Getting Ready!”

As UNISDR regional champion, I am pleased to be a part of this momentous region-wide launch of UNISDR’

January 13, 2011
s campaign, Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “


Manifestation on the Budget Allocation for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Measures delivered by Senator Loren Legarda

Mr. President, about a week ago, parliamentarians from ten Asian countries, including the Philippines, met here in Manila for a three-day Consultative Meeting on “

December 1, 2010
Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals”


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 […]


Privilege Speech: EID’L ADHA

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’