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Legarda Wants Free Special Education for Children with Disabilities

July 11, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA URGES FELLOW LAWMAKERS TO SUPPORT THE BILL THAT WILL PROVIDE FREE AND SUITABLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES TO PROMOTE THEIR INTEGRATION TO SOCIETY AND PROVIDE THEM OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED TO OTHER FILIPINOS.
“As much as nine million of Filipinos suffer from disability, and we lack the government support even for the most basic of rights as free education for handicapped children,” Legarda lamented.
The World Health Organization estimates about 10% of Filipinos are living with some […]

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Legarda: Government Financial Institutions Integral to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

July 7, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA PRAISED THE MOVE BY THE STATE-OWNED DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES (DBP) TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE INITIATIVE INTENDED TO AID LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN COMBATING THE DEVASTATING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
The DBP recently signed the memorandum of cooperation on a Public-Private Partnership on Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, and Sustainability.
“Government financial institutions like the Development Bank of the Philippines play an important role in our climate change mitigation and adaptation agenda,” the Senator said. “So-called ‘green […]

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Legarda Urges the Upgrading of Drainage Systems

July 6, 2011

THE LACK OF DRAINAGE SYSTEM UPGRADES AND OTHER LONG-TERM REMEDIES TO WATERWAY CONGESTION EXACERBATES DESTRUCTIVE FLOODS IN METROPOLITAN AREAS, ACCORDING TO SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA. LEGARDA TODAY CALLS FOR LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS TO PREVENT FLOODS IN CONGESTED URBAN ZONES, PRIMARILY IN METRO MANILA, WHERE HEAVY RAINFALL IMMEDIATELY FLOODED MAIN THOROUGHFARES YESTERDAY.
Legarda also lamented that in Davao City, the recent flash floods have claimed the lives of at least 30.
“Upgrading drainage systems entails increasing the capacity of drainage systems to hold […]

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Legarda Calls for Protection of Ifugao Rice Terraces

July 3, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REITERATED HER CALL FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE IFUGAO RICE TERRACES FOLLOWING THE SPREAD OF REPORTS ABOUT ITS INCLUSION IN THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION’S (UNESCO) LIST OF ENDANGERED SITES.
Legarda said that the Ifugao Rice Terraces has been dubbed as an Eighth Wonder of the World and inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1995 by the UNESCO. However, it was included in the 1999 World Monument Watch’s list of 100 most […]

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Legarda: PHL has a Hundred More Reasons to Intensify Biodiversity Conservation

July 2, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT THERE ARE A HUNDRED MORE REASONS FOR FILIPINOS TO STRENGTHEN EFFORTS IN CONSERVING PHILIPPINE BIODIVERSITY WITH THE DISCOVERY OF MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED NEW SPECIES IN THE COUNTRY’S RAINFORESTS AND SEAS.
Legarda noted that a team of scientists, researchers and biodiversity conservationists from the University of the Philippines and the California Academy of Sciences, led by Dr. Perry Ong and Dr. Terry Gosliner, conducted the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition from April to June.
The […]

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Legarda Calls for Concrete Integration Program for OFWs Likely to be Affected by ‘Saudization’

July 1, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA IS SEEKING CONCRETE GOVERNMENT ACTION IN LIGHT OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SAUDI LABOR MINISTRY OF ITS PLANS TO PHASE OUT UNSKILLED FOREIGN WORKERS FROM THE KINGDOM AND REPLACE THEM WITH SAUDIS. NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE REPORTEDLY BEING FINALIZED AS PART OF THE “SAUDIZATION” PROCESS.
“We cannot sit idly by and wait for the mass termination and deportation of our workers from Saudi Arabia,” Legarda said.
“I am alarmed that Secretary of Labor Rosalinda Baldoz, based […]

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