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Legarda to Gov’t: Prioritize Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)-It Has Become a National Security Concern

December 20, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY RENEWED HER CALL TO THE GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION STRESSING THAT IT HAS BECOME A NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that the magnitude of the disaster brought by Tropical Storm Sendong is very disturbing with more than 900 persons feared to have been killed by disastrous flash floods and landslides. It has also affected 63,079 families in 260 barangays in the 13 provinces of Regions VI, […]

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Loren to PNoy: Launch the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan Now

December 19, 2011

FOLLOWING THE DEVASTATION BROUGHT BY TYPHOON SENDONG, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO III TO IMMEDIATELY LAUNCH THE NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN (NDRRMP).
Legarda, the UNISDR Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia Pacific, said that “under Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, a comprehensive NDRRMP should be developed and implemented.”
“With the more destructive disasters that have come before us, it is high time […]

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Legarda Alarmed over Typhoon Sendong Death Toll; Renews Call for Improved Flood Mitigation Measures

December 18, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY RENEWED HER CALL FOR HEIGHTENED FLOOD DISASTER PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT IN ALL COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AS SHE EXPRESSED ALARM OVER TYPHOON SENDONG DEATH TOLL.
As of the 5:00am Sunday report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, there were already 327 confirmed deaths, mostly due to flashfloods in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. The same report stated that there is massive flooding over Region 10.
“We deeply commiserate with the […]

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Legarda Wants Senate Inquiry on Reported Excessive Meat Importation

December 15, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS CALLED FOR AN INQUIRY ON THE ALLEGED OVER-IMPORTATION OF MEAT PRODUCTS, WHICH COULD HAVE DRASTIC EFFECTS TO THE LOCAL MEAT INDUSTRY.
Legarda expressed deep concern over reports about the significant increase in the volume of meat being brought into the country that has pushed down prices and is posing a serious threat to the local pork, poultry and feeds industries.
The Senator noted that pork importation increased dramatically in the previous years, from 65 million kilograms […]

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Legarda Denies Proposing Bill Limiting Benefits of PNP and AFP Personnel

December 14, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REFUTED CLAIMS REGARDING HER AUTHORSHIP OF A BILL THAT LIMITS PRIVILEGES PROVIDED FOR THE PERSONNEL OF THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE (PNP) AND THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (AFP).
“I have never authored and will never think of proposing a bill that would deny our police and military personnel of the benefits and privileges due to them. Even if they search the whole archives of the Senate, no such measure was filed by me,” Legarda stressed.

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“Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT)”

December 13, 2011

I have the honor to seek approval of Senate Resolution No. 664, entitled “Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” prepared and submitted by the Committee on Foreign Relations on 12 December 2011 per its Committee Report No. 92.
Torture is a violation of human rights and human dignity. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘No one shall be […]

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Legarda: Durban Outcome Lacks Ambition for Safe Climate Future

December 12, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT OVER THE AGREEMENTS MADE IN DURBAN, PARTICULARLY ON INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES’ COMMITMENTS FOR DEEP CUTS IN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.
Legarda stressed the slow progress of international climate treaty negotiations, including the recently concluded 17th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, South Africa, which “was salvaged before its near collapse”.
“Industrialized countries have a historical responsibility for climate change and are morally obliged […]

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Durban Conference Outcome

December 12, 2011

Against a backdrop of the glacial pace by which the international climate treaty negotiations have progressed, recently evidenced by the near collapse of climate talks in Durban, I rise once again to remind world leaders of the responsibilities before us to lead our people out of the crises and uncertainties brought about by climate change.
We can take inspiration from a victim of a disaster, who turned the tragedy into an opportunity and help stop the next disaster from happening.

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Loren Urges Filmmakers to do More ‘Green’ Movies

December 11, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA ENCOURAGED FILIPINO MOVIE PRODUCERS TO CREATE MORE FILMS THAT ARE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF MOTHER EARTH.
Legarda made the call as she presented the first Loren Legarda Environment Award for Film during the 59th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences, Inc. (FAMAS) Awards Night.
“I would like to convey my appreciation to the FAMAS for being an instrument to promote worthwhile advocacies such as the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment,” she said.
“Through […]

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Legarda Supports Creation of Farmers and Fisherfolk Climate Change Vulnerability Database

December 9, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY EXPRESSED SUPPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A DATABASE OF ALL FARMERS AND FISHERFOLK IN THE COUNTRY THAT WILL FACILITATE EFFICIENT AND TARGETED DELIVERY OF ASSISTANCE TO THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES SECTOR.
Legarda is referring to the national registry for farmers and fisherfolk which the departments of Budget, Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, and Local Government, and the National Statistics Office are planning to setup. The database will contain information such as names, addresses, farm locations, poverty […]

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