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LOVFA Convenes At Senate Next Week – Legarda

November 19, 2010

THE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON THE VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (LOVFA) WILL CONVENE ON NOVEMBER 23, 2010 AT 10 AM AT THE PECSON ROOM OF THE SENATE.
Senator Loren Legarda, Co-Chair of the Senate panel, said the LOVFA has already gathered inputs from different sectors as a prelude to the series of public hearings that it has calendared, aimed at formulating a report to Congress on the implementation of the Visiting Forces Agreement.
“Some of the issues raised include the guidelines […]

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On Cigarette Butts As No. 2 Pollutant, Legarda Calls For Strict Enforcement of Anti-Littering Law, Asks Smokers To Be More Responsible

November 16, 2010

AS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR) RANKED CIGARETTE BUTTS AS THE SECOND HIGHEST POLLUTANT IN THE COUNTRY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED FOR THE STRICT ENFORCEMENT OF THE ANTI-LITTERING LAW AND ASKED SMOKERS TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE IN DISPOSING CIGARETTE BUTTS.
“Smokers should be more responsible when they dispose their used cigarette butts. Smoking alone, with the various chemicals in cigarettes, pollute the air, now even cigarette butts are major pollutants because they are just being thrown […]

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Privilege Speech: EID’L ADHA

November 15, 2010

MANIFESTATION
About 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide[1] will celebrate tomorrow the Eid’l Adha—the Feast of Sacrifice that commemorates a story of dedication and obedience to God.
Mr. President, the Eid’l Adha is one of the two important feasts of Islam. While the Philippines is a predominantly Christian nation, it is incumbent upon us to accord the proper respect to other faiths and religions, as any democratic state ought to do. This was our motivation when we pushed the passage of a […]

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P1 B Capital Fund for Small and Medium Scale IT Start Up Companies – Legarda

November 14, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA PROPOSES THE CREATION OF AN IT VENTURE CAPITAL FUND FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM-SCALE IT START-UP COMPANIES IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE MORE FILIPINOS TO VENTURE INTO THE VERY DYNAMIC INDUSTRY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
“There is a need to widen the participation of the poor in the IT sector, particularly through entrepreneurial activities. The proposed fund, which amounts to P1 billion, shall be administered by the Department of Science and Technology.”
Legarda filed Senate Bill No. 1407 – AN […]

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Legarda Bill Increases Salaries of Doctors To Keep Them Home

November 13, 2010

TO AVERT A CRISIS IN HEALTH CARE PROVISION CAUSED BY A DECREASE IN THE ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE AND THE RECENT PHENOMENON OF DOCTORS FORGOING THEIR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN ORDER TO PURSUE NURSING ABROAD, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA SAID THERE IS A NEED TO UPGRADE THE SALARY AND BENEFITS OF DOCTORS WHILE UPGRADING THE QUALITY OF THEIR TRAINING AS WELL TO KEEP THEM HOME.
In filing Senate Bill No. 1395, Legarda said, “This bill seeks […]

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Health Care Bills Must Also Be An Urgent Legislative Priority – Legarda

November 12, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA PROPOSED THROUGH THE ESTABLISHING OF A CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WHERE ELIGIBLE CHILDREN FROM LOW INCOME FAMILIES SHALL BE ENTITLED TO A FULL RANGE OF HEALTH SERVICES THAT WILL INCLUDE REGULAR CHECK UPS, IMMUNIZATION, LABORATORY TESTS AND DENTAL CARE.
Legarda’s Senate Bill 2120 intends to increase the scope and coverage of the National Health Insurance Policy to cover health needs of children.
During the Senate Committee on Health hearing yesterday, Senator Legarda inquired if the existing law, […]

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“Good Air Quality” ADB Rating of Metro-Manila, Testimony to Public – Private Partnership for Environmental Protection

November 11, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA SAID THE “GOOD AIR QUALITY” RATING WHICH THE CITY OF MANILA RECEIVED DURING THE PILOT TEST OF THE CLEAN AIR SCORECARD OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK AND THE CLEAN AIR INITIATIVES FOR ASIAN CITIES DURING THE THREE DAY BETTER AIR QUALITY CONFERENCE IN SINGAPORE MAY BE AN INDICATION THAT THE EFFORTS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT HAND IN HAND WITH PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN COMBATING AIR POLLUTION IS SEEING FRUITION.
“This is welcome good news. […]

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Legarda Commends DILG Memo On IPs Representation

November 10, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CITED A RECENT DIRECTIVE ON THE REPRESENTATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPS) IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) AS SHE PUSHED FOR THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSED MEASURES THAT SEEK TO PROVIDE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES TO MEMBERS OF INDIGENOUS CULTURAL COMMUNITIES (ICC).
Legarda commended the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for issuing Memorandum Circular 2010-119, which requires all LGUs to appoint representatives of IPs in policy-making bodies and legislative councils.
The memorandum quoted a provision of Republic Act […]

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Legarda: Senate Duty Bound To Review VFA

November 9, 2010

CITING THE SEVERAL CONTENTIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (VFA) BETWEEN THE PHILIPPINES AND THE UNITED STATES, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT CONGRESS IS DUTY-BOUND TO REVIEW THE TREATY.
Legarda said that the Legislative Oversight Committee on the VFA (LOVFA), which she co-chairs, is compelled to review the treaty to ensure that provisions of the agreement would not be disadvantageous to the country.
“We are mandated to review the VFA and to consider this in the light of […]

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Legarda: Protect IPs Rights and Their Cultural Identity

November 8, 2010

IN CULMINATION OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MONTH THAT WAS CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT OCTOBER, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE WHAT IS DUE TO THE NATION’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPS) BY PROMOTING, PROTECTING AND UPHOLDING THEIR RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, also appealed to all Filipinos to take time to learn about the rich culture, distinct heritage and ancestral wisdom of our indigenous brothers and sisters.
“We have numerous […]

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