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Legarda: Workers In and Out of the Country, Need Equal Support from Gov’t

April 30, 2011

AS THE NATION CELEBRATES LABOR DAY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO LOOK CLOSELY INTO THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF ALL FILIPINO WORKERS, INCLUDING THOSE WORKING OVERSEAS.
Legarda said that for laborers in the country, the government can ask employers to increase wages of their employees as the Department of Trade and Industry earlier stated that a wage hike—at a level that would make investors remain competitive—is reasonable considering the rising prices of basic commodities.
“If the DTI is supportive […]

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Legarda Urges Cooperatives to Join Crusade for a Climate-Resilient Nation; Calls for Green Enterprises

April 29, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA URGED THE COOPERATIVE SECTOR TO JOIN IN THE NATIONWIDE EFFORT TO MAKE THE COUNTRY DISASTER- AND CLIMATE-RESILIENT.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, made the statement during the First National Capital Region Cooperative Sector Conference on Climate Change organized by the Metro South Cooperative Bank Foundation, Inc.
She encouraged cooperatives to focus on green enterprises that make use of recycled and natural materials, like the ECHOstore, which promotes the creation of products and designs […]

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Statement of Senator Loren Legarda on the Ombudsman’s Resignation

April 29, 2011

“THE RESIGNATION OF OMBUDSMAN MERCEDITAS GUTIERREZ IS A FITTING ACT TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN. AFTER ALL, THE COUNTRY’S LEAD ANTI-GRAFT AGENCY AND ITS OFFICIALS SHOULD BE FREE FROM CONTROVERSY IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY CARRY OUT THEIR MANDATED TASKS.
This now brings to a close the impeachment trial. In effect, the government will save a lot of money, which can be used for other essential needs of our people.
Furthermore, our focus will no longer […]

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Legarda Wants Boost in Agri Extension System to Abate Poverty

April 28, 2011

ALARMED WITH REPORTS THAT ABOUT 4.12 MILLION FILIPINOS MAY SLIDE INTO POVERTY THIS YEAR, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY PUSHED FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES EXTENSION SYSTEM.
According to the report of the Asian Development Bank, 1.37 million Filipinos are likely to sink into poverty with a 10-percent increase in food prices this year, 2.27 million with a 20-percent increase, and 4.12 million with a 30-percent food price hike.
Legarda explained that strengthening agriculture and fisheries extension […]

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Legarda: Gov’t Must Ensure Safety of Mining Communities

April 27, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST ENSURE THE SAFETY OF MINING COMMUNITIES THROUGH APPROPRIATE AND WELL-IMPLEMENTED POLICIES TO AVOID DISASTERS SUCH AS THE RECENT LANDSLIDE IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY.
In filing Senate Resolution 444, Legarda called on the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to conduct an inquiry into government regulatory policies in landslide- and other natural hazard-prone mining areas.
Last April 22, a landslide that was triggered by heavy rains occurred in a small-scale mining community […]

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Legarda: More Barangay Health Workers, Less Diseases

April 26, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REITERATED HER CALL FOR THE PROVISION OF HEALTH WORKERS IN EVERY BARANGAY IN THE COUNTRY TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY DEFENSE AGAINST SICKNESSES ESPECIALLY DURING SUMMER WHEN HIGHER TEMPERATURES CAUSE THE SURGE OF DISEASES.
Legarda noted that during summer, people, especially children, are more prone to acquiring diseases such as sore eyes, measles, dengue, malaria and water-borne diseases including typhoid, diarrhea and cholera.
“These diseases may not cause alarm to residents of cities and urban areas because they […]

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Legarda Lauds San Francisco, Cebu for Winning the 2011 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction

April 20, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA LAUDED THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAN FRANCISCO IN CAMOTES ISLAND, CEBU, LED BY MAYOR ALY ARQUILLANO AND VICE MAYOR ALFREDO ARQUILLANO JR., FOR WINNING THE 2011 UNITED NATIONS SASAKAWA AWARD FOR DISASTER REDUCTION.
“I congratulate the local government of San Francisco, Cebu for winning the 2011 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction. This achievement brings great pride to the Philippines as it conveys thatlocal governments successfully take the lead in building the resilience of communities against disasters and […]

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Legarda: It’s Time to Reflect on How We Treat the Environment

April 19, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA ENCOURAGED FILIPINOS TO INCLUDE IN THEIR LENTEN REFLECTION THE STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND HOW THEY CAN IMPROVE THE WAY THEY TREAT MOTHER EARTH.
“As we celebrate this year’s Earth Day, which coincides with the Holy Week, we must rekindle our relationship with nature. As stewards of God’s creation, let us reflect on how we treat the benefits we receive from our natural resources,” Legarda said.
The Senator lamented that the formerly abundant and healthy environment that […]

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IPs Die of Complications Due to Cholera; Loren Urges Swift Action by DOH

April 16, 2011

AS THE DEATH TOLL RISES FROM THE CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN PALAWAN, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA URGED THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH) TO ACT SWIFTLY BY INTENSIFYING EFFECTIVE DISEASE SURVEILLANCE, CONTROL AND PREVENTION MEASURES.
Legarda, Chair of the Committee on Cultural Communities, lamented that majority of those affected were children from the indigenous group of the Palaw-an.
“Cholera is a disease that is preventable and can easily be treated. It did not have to lead to the morbidity of a significant number […]

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Legarda Urges Youth to Have a Green Summer and Be Green Heroes

April 15, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON YOUNG FILIPINOS TO BECOME HEROES OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND HAVE A PRODUCTIVE AND GREEN SUMMER BY GETTING INVOLVED IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION.
“Our youth leaders, especially the Sangguniang Kabataan, can organize programs such as tree-growing activities in parks and in other suitable places in the barangay, growing vegetable gardens, clean-up and recycling drives, and establishing green brigades in their communities. Teenagers can teach younger kids how to grow vegetables and trees in […]

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