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Legarda: Let’s Aim to Mitigate Disasters in 2012

December 30, 2011

RECALLING THE IMPACT OF DISASTERS IN 2011 THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MITIGATED, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, THE UN CHAMPION FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION FOR ASIA PACIFIC, TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO AIM FOR A DISASTER-RESILIENT NATION.
Legarda said the occurrence of natural hazards is inevitable, but 2011 was marked by several disasters as necessary preparedness and mitigation efforts were not in place, which could have avoided turning natural hazards into catastrophes.
Among the devastating disasters in […]

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Senator Loren Legarda’s New Year’s Day Message

December 30, 2011

IN THE NEW YEAR, MY WISH IS FOR US TO LEARN TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES DISASTER-RESILIENT. MY PRAYER IS FOR THE VULNERABLE AND MARGINALIZED TO RECOVER AND BE EMPOWERED. MY HOPE IS FOR US TO REDEFINE DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL GIVE US TRUE QUALITY OF LIFE AND HAPPINESS!

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Legarda Stresses Cost-Effectiveness of Disaster Mitigation vs. Reaction

December 29, 2011

AS THE COUNTRY ENTERS A NEW YEAR STILL REELING FROM THE EFFECTS OF TYPHOON SENDONG IN MINDANAO, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE CONDITIONAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CALAMITY FUND IN 2011 AND 2012 BUDGETS, STRESSING THAT IT VIOLATES THE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT ACT (DRRM) OF 2010 AND SHOWS LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF DISASTER RESILIENCE.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that if the government wants to reduce its spending on relief, rehabilitation […]

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Legarda to Gov’t: Ensure Strict Monitoring and Efficient Delivery of Aid for Targeted Sendong Victims

December 28, 2011

AS FOREIGN AND PRIVATE SECTOR ASSISTANCE CONTINUE TO POUR IN FOR TROPICAL STORM SENDONG VICTIMS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY THE NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (NDRRMC), TO ENSURE THAT RESOURCES BENEFIT TARGETED VICTIM COMMUNITIES IN AFFECTED AREAS.
“Strict monitoring and transparent accounting of aid should be undertaken to avoid misallocation and misuse of resources. The NDRRMC should efficiently coordinate relief efforts of various donors and manage resources that have been pouring in. Effective administration […]

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Loren Urges PNoy to Invest in Disaster Risk Reduction and Make it Top Priority amid Climate Change

December 28, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY URGED PRESIDENT AQUINO TO ALLOCATE SUFFICIENT RESOURCES FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) AS SHE ENCOURAGED THE GOVERNMENT TO FULLY IMPLEMENT AN INTERNATIONAL ACTION PLAN THAT PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK TO EFFECTIVELY REDUCE RISKS TO DISASTERS.
Legarda, the UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia Pacific, is referring to the Hyogo Framework for Action or HFA, a ten-year blueprint for reducing risks to disasters worldwide that was adopted by 168 Member States of […]

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Legarda: Effective Disaster Prevention at the Local Level Key in Saving Lives

December 24, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ENCOURAGED LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS TO START MAKING THEIR COMMUNITIES DISASTER RESILIENT AND ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE OUT OF HARM’S WAY.
“Witnessing the grim scenario caused by Tropical Storm Sendong, particularly in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro in Region 10, we can no longer ignore the pressing need to make the whole country prepared in times of calamities, which means each and every barangay must be able to withstand the impact of worsening disasters […]

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Christmas Message Of Senator Loren Legarda

December 24, 2011

PEACE OF MIND AMID THE TURMOIL, TRUE AND GENUINE HAPPINESS, BLESSINGS FOR THE BODY AND SOUL, A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR ALL. THAT IS MY WISH FOR YOU THIS CHRISTMAS AND ALWAYS. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF MY BLESSED CHRISTMAS.

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Legarda Calls for Cooperation between Gov’t and OFWs in Syria for Safe Repatriation and Swift Aid to Returning Filipinos

December 23, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THE SAFE REPATRIATION OF ALL FILIPINOS IN SYRIA AS SHE ASKED FILIPINOS IN THAT COUNTRY TO COOPERATE WITH OFFICIALS.
The Chair of theSenate Committee on Foreign Relations made the statement after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the crisis alert level in Syria to level 4.
“While the DFA and the Philippine Embassy in Damascus have already laid out their plans for there patriation and other necessary assistance to […]

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Legarda Stresses Vulnerability of Children to Disasters and Climate Change

December 22, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY STRESSED THE VULNERABILITY OF CHILDREN TO CLIMATE CHANGE, PARTICULARLY WHEN NATURAL HAZARDS STRIKE, NOTING THAT MORE THAN 40,000 CHILDREN WERE AFFECTED BY TROPICAL STORM SENDONG (WASHI) THAT HIT NORTHERN AND WESTERN MINDANAO LAST WEEK.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that while the number of children among casualties and missing persons remains unknown, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that Tropical Storm Sendong affected around 43,000 children-14,000 of which are now […]

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Legarda Outlines Tools for Disaster Prevention

December 21, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REITERATED HER CALL TO THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT TO FULLY IMPLEMENT TWO IMPORTANT LAWS – THE NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT (NDRRM) ACT AND THE CLIMATE CHANGE LAW IN ORDER TO PREVENT HAZARDS FROM TURNING INTO DISASTERS.
“The NDRRMC Act defines the necessity of having disaster risk reduction plan not only in the national, but also in the local government levels.”
“We have a Climate Change Law that caused the organization of the Climate Change Commission […]

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