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PH’s Mission: Help Find Lasting Peace in Korean Peninsula – Legarda

November 30, 2010

EXPRESSING GRAVE CONCERN OVER THE RISING TENSION IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, TODAY SAID THAT THE PHILIPPINES’ MAIN OBLIGATION IS TO SUPPORT THE UNITED NATION’S (UN) MISSION OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN KOREA.
Legarda explained that as one of the 12 countries currently accredited as UN Command (UNC) member nations, the Philippines remains committed to helping achieve a political and lasting settlement of the challenges facing North and South Korea.

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Legarda: Sustainable Livelihood Would Ensure Success of DSWD’s 4Ps

November 30, 2010

TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER (CCT) SCHEME WOULD NOT BE REDUCED INTO A MERE DOLE-OUT PROGRAM, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA SAID THAT IT SHOULD BE COUPLED WITH LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS THAT WOULD SUSTAIN THE INCOME OF THE FAMILY BENEFICIARIES EVEN AFTER THE CULMINATION OF THE FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM.
During the deliberations for the budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Legarda said that the CCT scheme called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) must be partnered with livelihood […]

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Asian Parliamentarians Forge the Manila Call for Action 2010 “Applying Disaster Risk Reduction as an Instrument for Achieving the MDGs”

November 27, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THE “MANILA CALL FOR ACTION 2010” HAS BEEN FORGED BY THE TEN PARTICIPATING NATIONS DURING THE CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS ON ‘DISASTER RISK REDUCTION: AN INSTRUMENT FOR ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS’.
At the closing ceremonies, Senator Legarda, the United Nation’s Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation said that parliamentarians from the ten nations will go back to their respective countries committed to undertake several concrete actions towards disaster-resilient […]

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“Let’s Build Green Schools!” Legarda Pushes For Disaster-Resilient Schools, More Budget For Disaster Risk Reduction

November 26, 2010

FOLLOWING HER PROPOSAL TO ALLOCATE AT LEAST ONE PERCENT OF THE NATIONAL BUDGET FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA ANNOUNCED THAT SHE WOULD COMMIT A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF HER 2011 PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FUND (PDAF) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF “GREEN SCHOOLS”.
Legarda, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said she wants to give priority to addressing the long-standing problem of lack of classrooms and school buildings and to ensure that these infrastructures are safe and disaster-resilient.
“We […]

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Legarda Leads Opening of Asian Parliamentarian Meet “Disaster and climate risk reduction is our most daunting task today!”

November 25, 2010

THE UNITED NATION’S ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAMPION FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, TODAY WELCOMES LEGISLATORS, OFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM NINE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IN ASIA FOR A THREE-DAY CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR ASIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS WITH A THEME, “DISASTER RISK REDUCTION: AN INSTRUMENT FOR ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDG).”
Legislators from the Philippines, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, and Nepal will join Legarda in the conference, which was organized in cooperation with the United Nations […]

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Disaster Risk Reduction Meet of Asian Parliamentarians in Manila – Nov 25-27, 2010

November 22, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA IN A PRIVILEGE SPEECH ANNOUNCED THAT LEADERS FROM ALL OVER ASIA, PARTICULARLY FROM AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, INDIA, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, MALDIVES, NEPAL AND THAILAND, ARE EN ROUTE TO MANILA FOR A CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR ASIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 25 TO 27.
“This is a prelude to the Asia Leader’s Summit in Manila next year which I will again jointly organize with the United Nations.”
The Chair of the Senate Committees […]

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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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Loren urges inclusion of a Gross National Happiness index in government’s economic indicators

November 21, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA RENEWED HER CALL FOR THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT TO CHANGE THE WAY ECONOMIC GROWTH IS MEASURED, AMID INCREASING INTEREST AMONG COUNTRIES, SUCH AS THE UNITED KINGDOM AND FRANCE, TO INSTITUTE A “HAPPINESS INDEX” IN MEASURING A COUNTRY’S GROWTH.
“Along with the gross domestic product and other traditional economic yardsticks, it is equally important for us to know whether our economic activities make our people in the environment they live in healthier, educated and better acquainted to their cultural […]

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Loren steers Asian parliamentarians’ meet on reducing disaster risk to achieve Millennium Development Goals

November 20, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOREIGN RELATIONS WILL CONVENE A CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR ASIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS TO DISCUSS ACTIONS THAT PARLIAMENTARIANS CAN TAKE AND LEAD IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE RESILIENCE OF ASIAN COUNTRIES TO DISASTERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE. WITH THE TOPIC OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION: AN INSTRUMENT FOR ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDG), THE MEETING TAKES PLACE IN MANILA FROM 25 TO 27 NOVEMBER 2010 AT THE MAKATI SHANGRILA HOTEL.
In cooperation […]

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Legarda Lauds SC For Issuing ‘Writ of Kalikasan’

November 20, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY LAUDED THE SUPREME COURT (SC) FOR PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE THROUGH THE ISSUANCE OF THE UNPRECEDENTED “WRIT OF KALIKASAN” AND A TEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORDER (TEPO) AGAINST THE FIRST PHILIPPINE INDUSTRIAL CORP (FPIC) AND FIRST GEN CORPORATION.
The order would compel FPIC and First Gen to temporarily halt its oil pipeline operations as a consequence of environmental hazards brought about by leaks found underground in the area adjacent to West Tower […]

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