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Legarda Stresses APEC and ASEAN Priorities on MSME Development and Disaster Resiliency

November 30, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the government should pursue its development initiatives in relation to the priorities set forth by state participants during the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bali, Indonesia, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that in both meetings, the need for greater cooperation among nations on disaster resiliency and the development of micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises […]

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Legarda: It is High Time to Operationalize Technical Cooperation on Green Growth Initiatives and Crucial Regional Agreements

November 28, 2011

During a briefing held by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on the recently-concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits, Senator Loren Legarda stressed the need to translate regional objectives into local action, focusing on the pursuit of sustainable development projects.
With green growth being one of the objectives of these regional groupings, Legarda stressed that technical cooperation with the United States and the ASEAN countries should be established and expressed hope that the United […]

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Briefing on the 19th ASEAN/ APEC Summits and Related

November 28, 2011

This month, two meetings of great import to the region and to our country were held – one in Bali, and the other one in Hawaii. These are the recently-concluded 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting.
There were also related meetings conducted along the sidelines of the APEC and ASEAN that are also important.
These meetings have attracted great attention, mainly because some of the world’s economic powers were represented […]

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Legarda on the Elimination of Violence against Women: “We Need to do More”

November 25, 2011

In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov. 25), Senator Loren Legarda said that much is still needed to end all forms of abuse against Filipino women.
“Sixteen years after the country adopted its first special law to protect women against sexual harassment and six other special laws thereafter, we continue to be hounded by an increasing incidence of violence against women (VAW),” she said.
Legarda noted that the number of VAW cases reported to the […]

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Legarda Wants Boost in MSMEs through Trade Fairs and Increased Gov’t Support

November 24, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda urged the government, particularly the Department of Trade and Industry, to increase its support in improving micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) in the country and expanding the opportunities for entrepreneurs through the conduct of trade fairs.
Legarda, principal author and sponsor of Republic Act 9501 or the MSME Law, commended the DTI during the Senate deliberations on the proposed 2012 General Appropriations Act for its continuous implementation of the said law and encouraged the department to maximize […]

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READY Project National Conference “Hazard Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community Based Disaster Risk Management”

November 24, 2011

(Standard Greetings)
Allow me first to thank the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for inviting me to this conference that is very significant to our advocacy of strengthening disaster risk reduction efforts in the community level.
Disaster risks, by all indications, are increasing exponentially. The fusion of socio-economic realities and extreme climatic events has confounded gallant attempts by governments. We cannot, however, be caught off-balanced and discouraged, and instead, try to match our best intentions with a […]

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 23, 2011

Mr. President
The world will commemorate on November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Sixteen years after the country adopted its first special law to protect women against sexual harassment and six other special laws thereafter, we continue to be hounded by an increasing incidence of violence against women.
The number of violence against women cases reported to the Philippine National Police rose by 52% from the figure of 2009, based on official figures compiled […]

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Legarda Hails Passage on Third Reading of Anti-Discrimination Bill

November 22, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda hailed the Senate’s passage on Third Reading of the proposed Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling Act of 2011.
Legarda, principal author and sponsor of the proposed measure logged as Senate Bill 2814, said that this measure will lessen, if not eliminate, cases of discrimination in the Philippine society as it penalizes acts of discrimination, profiling, violence, and all forms of intolerance in employment, education, delivery of goods, facilities and services, accommodation, transportation, media, in search and […]

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Senator Loren Legarda National Climate Change Consciousness Week Creating Convergence on Climate Change

November 21, 2011

(Standard Greetings)
It is my distinct pleasure to speak before you today in this important conference in observance of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week.
Disasters do not only abound. They have also become deadlier. Climate change has caused many nations to suffer stronger typhoons, sea level rise, more flashfloods, and more devastating droughts. If proof is what we need to substantiate these claims, we already have more than enough.
In 2009, typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng left nearly a thousand […]

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Legarda: Prioritize and Strengthen Gov’t Mechanisms to Protect Children from Climate Change

November 19, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today called on the various departments of government to prioritize the needs of Filipino children in carrying out their respective duties, stressing that young citizens are even more vulnerable to various hazards and health risks because of climate change.
Legarda renewed her call as she expressed alarm over the recent study released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “Children’s Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific,” which revealed that climate change […]

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