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Legarda Pushes for Child Nutrition Program in all Public Schools

June 22, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS CALLED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE TO ADDRESS BOTH FOOD INSECURITY AND MALNUTRITION AMONG SCHOOLCHILDREN.
Legarda made the call following the Department of Health’s appeal to schoolchildren to avoid junk food and other food items that contain ingredients such as Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), which may be dangerous to health.
The Senator explained that aside from urging parents to have their children bring nutritious snacks to school, the government […]

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Legarda Lauds Passage of Mandatory Child Immunization Act in Congress

June 19, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAILED THE PASSAGE IN CONGRESS OF THE MEASURE THAT WILL ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM THAT WILL PROVIDE FREE VACCINATION SERVICES TO INFANTS AND CHILDREN.
Legarda, co-author of the “Mandatory Infant and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011”, said that the measure is a few steps away from becoming a law after the Senate Committee on Health and Demography recently submitted the Bicameral Conference Committee report on the disagreeing provisions of the Senate and House versions of the […]

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Legarda: Rizal, a Hero of the Environment

June 18, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON FILIPINOS TO HIGHLIGHT AND HONOR ANOTHER FACET IN THE LIFE OF THE COUNTRY’S NATIONAL HERO – THAT OF BEING A HERO OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and a staunch environmentalist, said that Dr. Jose Rizal also underscored the importance of caring for the environment through his actions, which Filipinos must recognize and aim to follow.
“Most of us know Dr. Jose Rizal as the highly-educated hero who […]

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Legarda Wants Human Rights Subject in Schools

June 17, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA PUSHED FOR THE INCLUSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COURSES IN ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY TO ENSURE THAT ALL STUDENTS ARE AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS AND TO PREVENT THEM FROM BEING VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE.
“In a time when our society constantly experiences extra-judicial killings, discrimination based on ethnicity and gender, enforced disappearances, hunger, internal displacement due to armed conflict, sexual abuse, among others, it is a fact of life that many of our […]

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Legarda Welcomes Launching of Nat’l Renewable Energy Program; Stresses Need for RE Scorecard

June 16, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA WELCOMED THE LAUNCHING OF THE NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM (NREP), CITING THE CRUCIAL ROLE PLAYED BY RENEWABLE ENERGY DURING THE POWER CRISIS IN THE 1990S.
“It is about time we take a consistent and deliberate effort to develop our own energy resources in ways that we can guarantee to future generations of Filipinos a legacy of clean, reliable, and affordable energy,” Legarda said.
The Senator noted that geothermal energy and hydropower helped augment the country’s power requirements […]

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Legarda Urges LGUs to Exert Vigilance over Marine Resources within Their Jurisdiction

June 15, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) ALL OVER THE NATION TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT IN THE CRUSADE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE COUNTRY’S MARINE RESOURCES.
Legarda made the call as she expressed alarm over several occurrences of marine life exploitation such as the destruction of approximately 7,000 hectares of sea bed within the Moro Gulf and the Sulu Sea, and the brutal killing of a “butanding” or whale shark in Antique.
The Senator urged LGUs […]

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Legarda: Spratlys Claimants Should Adhere to their Agreement under DOC

June 14, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT CLAIMANTS TO THE SPRATLY ISLANDS MUST CONTINUE THEIR ADHERENCE AND RESPECT THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE DECLARATION ON THE CONDUCT OF PARTIES IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (DOC) TO ENSURE PLEASANT RELATIONSHIPS AMONG NATIONS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, explained that based on the DOC, should there be any territorial and jurisdictional disputes among the state claimants to the Spratlys, these concerns must be resolved in a peaceful manner, without resorting […]

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Legarda Urges Filipinos to Help Free the Nation from the Cycle of Disaster and Poverty

June 12, 2011

“AS THE NATION CELEBRATES ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE FROM COLONIAL RULE, FILIPINOS MUST NOW WORK HAND-IN-HAND TO LIBERATE EACH AND EVERY CITIZEN AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY FROM THE CHRONIC CYCLE OF DISASTER VULNERABILITY AND POVERTY.”
Senator Loren Legarda made the statement as a challenge to every Filipino that the fight for freedom is not over yet.
Legarda said that while the Philippines is now a sovereign nation, the country is yet to free itself and its people from […]

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Legarda to LGUs: Integrate Climate Adaptation Tools in Land Use Plans to Shield Economic Assets from Disasters

June 11, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA URGED LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) TO INTEGRATE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION (CCA) TOOLS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS TO ENSURE THAT PROGRESS WILL NOT BE STUNTED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED OCCURRENCES.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, noted that the United Nations’ 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction showed that globally more people are protected from disasters, but the loss in economic assets have risen due […]

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Legarda Pushes for a National Policy on Students’ Rights and Welfare

June 8, 2011

TO BRING OUT AND ENHANCE THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE COUNTRY’S YOUNG CITIZENS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA PUSHED FOR THE PASSAGE OF A BILL CREATING A NATIONAL POLICY THAT WOULD PROMOTE AND GUARANTEE STUDENTS’ RIGHTS AND WELFARE.
One of the salient features of Legarda’s proposed Senate Bill 1435 is the prohibition of involuntary contributions and imposing of fees beyond the actual cost of reproducing documents, academic records, and similar certifications.
She explained that increase in tuition or other school fees must […]

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