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Legarda: It’s Time for New Meet with Saudi Gov’t

June 30, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA) INITIATE AND PURSUE THE CONVENING OF THE JOINT COMMISSION MEETING (JCM) WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA (KSA) TO DISCUSS VARIOUS MATTERS AFFECTING OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFW).
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, filed Senate Resolution 443, which calls for the convening of the PHL-KSA JCM as it is necessary to address the concerns of OFWs in Saudi […]

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Legarda Urges LGUs to Focus on Flood Mitigation Measures

June 30, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY URGED LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) TO EXHAUST ALL MEANS TO IMPROVE FLOOD MITIGATION MEASURES AND LESSEN, IF NOT PREVENT ALTOGETHER, DAMAGES AND CASUALTIES FROM FLOODS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, made the call as flash floods that were caused by heavy rains hit several areas in Davao City and resulted in the death of at least 25 people as of Thursday morning.
“Many of our LGUs have already started investing in flood […]

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Legarda Hails PHL’s Removal from Human Trafficking Watch List

June 29, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY WELCOMED THE REMOVAL OF THE PHILIPPINES FROM THE US GOVERNMENT’S HUMAN TRAFFICKING WATCH LIST.
“The upgrading of Philippine status from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2 is proof of the significant efforts being undertaken by the Philippine government to curb human trafficking from and within the Philippines,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
According to the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report of the US State Department, the Philippines upgraded from “Tier […]

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Legarda Asks DA to be at the Forefront of Rehab Efforts for Farmers Affected by Recent Typhoons

June 28, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DA) TO ALERT ALL ITS REGIONAL OFFICES NATIONWIDE TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF REHABILITATION EFFORTS FOLLOWING THE ONSLAUGHT OF TYPHOONS EGAY AND FALCON.
Legarda noted the DA’s report that the two typhoons caused the damage of P692-million worth of crops and livestock in 13 provinces in Luzon and Mindanao. Mostly affected are the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao with damages to agriculture reaching P313 million and P258 million, […]

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Legarda Urges DOH, LGUs to Avert Spread of Diseases in Flooded Communities and Evacuation Centers

June 27, 2011

IN LIGHT OF RECENT FLOODING IN SEVERAL AREAS IN THE COUNTRY BROUGHT ABOUT BY WEATHER DISTURBANCES OCCURRING ONE AFTER THE OTHER, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH) TO CLOSELY MONITOR ANY POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF WATER-BORNE DISEASES, SUCH AS DENGUE, DIARRHEA AND LEPTOSPIROSIS IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, likewise called on local governments to ensure massive clean-up of flooded communities and evacuation centers to avert the outbreak of such diseases.

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Legarda to LGUs: Implement Solid Waste Management Act Strictly to Avoid Recurring Floods

June 26, 2011

AS THE FLOODS CAUSED BY THE RAINS FROM TYPHOON FALCON SUBSIDE AND FAMILIES RETURN TO THEIR HOMES FROM EVACUATION CENTERS, THE STRICT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT LAW BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) IS ONE OF THE NEXT CRUCIAL STEPS TO UNDERTAKE, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY STRESSED.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that part of disaster risk reduction efforts is to solve the cause of floods that keep on recurring every time a tropical […]

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Legarda Calls for Effective Early Warning Systems for Dam Water Release

June 25, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY WARNED LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO MAINTAIN STRICT VIGILANCE AS HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE TO POUR, LEADING TO THE OVERFLOWING OF SEVERAL DAMS AND RIVERS IN THE COUNTRY.
Legarda cited a report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that the recent heavy rains were 14 times higher than the daily average recorded every June of the previous years.
The incessant rains had led to the overflow of Tullahan and Marikina rivers […]

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Greater Efforts Needed to be More Prepared for Next Typhoons – Legarda

June 24, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT WHILE THERE ARE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE GOVERNMENT’S PREPARATION FOR THE ONSLAUGHT OF TYPHOONS, MUCH IS STILL NEEDED TO REDUCE THE RISKS WHEN NATURAL HAZARDS STRIKE.
Legarda, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Regional Champion for Asia-Pacific, explained that even with close coordination among government agencies in preparing for hazards and issuing advisories to citizens, several areas were still left flooded due to the heavy rains brought by Typhoon Falcon.
The Senator […]

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Legarda Bats for Better Services, Protection for Filipino Seafarers

June 24, 2011

IN CELEBRATION OF THE DAY OF THE FILIPINO SEAFARER, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REITERATED HER CALL FOR THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANISMS THAT WOULD ENSURE BETTER PROTECTION AND PROVISION OF NECESSARY SERVICES FOR FILIPINO SEA-BASED WORKERS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said it is essential to have a Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers (Senate Bill 1351) and establish a National Seafarers Commission (Senate Bill 1404) to address the specific concerns and needs of maritime workers.
“Filipino seafarers […]

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Legarda: Keep Children Out of the Streets

June 23, 2011

IN A BID TO KEEP MINORS OUT OF THE STREETS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA PUSHED FOR THE IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF A PROPOSED MEASURE THAT SEEKS TO ESTABLISH CRISIS CENTERS FOR STREET CHILDREN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
Citing statistics from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Legarda said that there are about 250,000 street children in 65 cities around the country. She expressed alarm over the fact that these children are exposed to risks to their health, well-being and lives.

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