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Legarda: Gov’t Must be Wary About Smaller Disasters

July 27, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA REITERATED HER CALL TO THE NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ENFORCE A HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, MANAGE RAPIDLY INCREASING EXPOSURE TO HAZARDS FROM URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND ENSURE EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY-BASED EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS, AS HEAVY RAINS BROUGHT BY TYPHOON JUANING POUNDED LUZON YESTERDAY.
“Although we tend to focus only on the big disasters – the mega typhoons and disastrous floods and landslides such as Tropical Storm Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng in 2009 that killed nearly a thousand […]

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Legarda Calls for Effective Early Warning Systems for Dam Water Release

July 27, 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 NEAR SPILLING LEVEL OF SEVERAL DAMS IN THE COUNTRY.
Legarda cited an update from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that water levels at Ipo Dam and La Mesa Dam are 99.5m and 79.87m, respectively, as of July 27, 10:00 a.m..
The spilling levels of these dams are 100.2 and 80.15, respectively.
“We […]

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Loren leads Philippine launch of UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

July 26, 2011

AS ANOTHER TROPICAL DEPRESSION, NAMED JUANING, LASHES AT FIVE PROVINCES IN THE BICOL REGION AND EARTHQUAKE HITS SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA LED THE PHILIPPINE LAUNCH OF THE UNITED NATIONS’ GLOBAL ASSESSMENT REPORT ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AT THE SENATE.
Held a day after President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), Legarda said that she should have appreciated the SONA more “If the President asserted more clearly how the government will pursue disaster risk reduction and […]

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Philippine launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development

July 26, 2011

This forum could not come at a more opportune time. Yesterday, we heard the State of the Nation Address (SONA) from our President. I laud President Aquino for speaking on good governance, social protection, and socio-economic gains, among other successes. However, as UNISDR Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for the Asia and the Pacific, I would appreciate the SONA more if the President asserted more clearly how the government will pursue disaster risk reduction and […]

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Loren Supports Call for P-Noy to be a ‘Green President’

July 25, 2011

ON THE DAY OF THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SONA), SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA ECHOES THE CALL FOR PRESIDENT AQUINO TO BE A “GREEN PRESIDENT,” ASIDE FROM BEING A “YELLOW PRESIDENT,” BY MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION – IN RELATION TO POVERTY ALLEVIATION – HIS TOP PRIORITY.
This call was made by the Senator after various groups of lawmakers, environmentalists, indigenous people and other advocates made a similar call on the President urging him to support […]

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Loren Supports Call for P-Noy to be a ‘Green President’

July 25, 2011

ON THE DAY OF THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SONA), SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA ECHOES THE CALL FOR PRESIDENT AQUINO TO BE A “GREEN PRESIDENT,” ASIDE FROM BEING A “YELLOW PRESIDENT,” BY MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION – IN RELATION TO POVERTY ALLEVIATION – HIS TOP PRIORITY.
This call was made by the Senator after various groups of lawmakers, environmentalists, indigenous people and other advocates made a similar call on the President urging him to support […]

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Loren to PNoy: Lead the Road to Climate Resilience

July 22, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA RENEWED HER CALL FOR PRESIDENT AQUINO TO PLACE DISASTER PREVENTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION HIGH ON THE LIST OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, WHICH WILL BE ENCOMPASSED IN THE FORTHCOMING STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS.
“The President’s SONA should fuse flagship programs that seek to build our resilience as a nation against the challenges ahead – worsening disasters and devastating climate change impacts. I urge PNoy to lead the road to climate resilience and present to us a […]

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Legarda: Stop Postering on Trees, Pushes for More Green Spaces

July 19, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE TODAY URGED THAT WE STOP KILLING OUR TREES BY STRICTLY PROHIBITING THE POSTERING OF DIFFERENT BILLS ON THEM AND INSTEAD DEVELOP OPEN, GREEN SPACES AND MINI-FORESTS SIMILAR TO THE GREAT CITIES OF THE WORLD LIKE BERLIN AND SAO PAOLO AND COUNTRIES LIKE SINGAPORE AND VIETNAM.
“What we need in every empty space are more trees that would breathe in carbon dioxide emissions and exhale clean oxygen that we can […]

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Legarda Lauds Adoption of the Incheon Resolution of the Philippine Parliamentarians on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

July 17, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA COMMENDED SIXTEEN MEMBERS OFTHE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHO UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED “THE INCHEON RESOLUTION OFTHE PHILIPPINE PARLIAMENTARIANS ON EFFECTIVE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE PHILIPPINES” AT A LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP HELD IN INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA YESTERDAY.
“This document fortifies the commitment of agrowing number of policy makers in the country to decisively confront theissues of worsening disasters and climate change impacts,” said Legarda.
Legarda, United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change […]

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Loren Commends the Trailblazers in the Ban of Plastic Bags

July 12, 2011

“ALL IT TAKES IS POLITICAL WILL AND ELEVEN CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES HAVE STARTED SHOWING THE REST OF THE COUNTRY THAT A PLASTIC BAG BAN CAN BE DONE. I COMMEND THESE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS FOR BEING IN THE FRONTLINE OF THE BATTLE AGAINST SOLID WASTE AND FLOODING,” SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA SAID.
To date, eleven cities and municipalities have passed local ordinances banning the use of plastic bags within their jurisdiction, and these are: Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila; Batangas City; Antipolo City, […]

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