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Loren Urges ASEAN Leaders to Prioritize Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

March 6, 2011

HANOI, VIETNAM — SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIRPERSON OF THE PHILIPPINE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, CALLED ON THE MEMBER-STATES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) TO PRIORITIZE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION (CCA) IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA TO AVERT FURTHER LOSSES OF LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS FROM DISASTERS.
“We cannot content ourselves with merely reacting to disaster events that claim countless of lives, ruin properties, and leave lingering effects on people’s livelihoods and the environment. We […]

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Legarda on South China Sea Incident: Parties Must Respect Commitment to DOC

March 6, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT STATE PARTIES TO THE DECLARATION ON THE CONDUCT (DOC) OF PARTIES IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA MUST RESPECT THE PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT TO ENSURE CONTINUOUS PLEASANT RELATIONSHIPS AMONG NATIONS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, made the statement following a recent incident wherein Chinese patrol boats allegedly harassed a Philippine exploration vessel near the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea.
The Senator noted that both China and […]

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Legarda Shares PHL Experience in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation atVietnam’s National Forum

March 4, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA WILL SPEAK TODAY BEFORE THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM AND ITS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION (CCA) AND SHARE WITH THEM THE PHILIPPINES’ EXPERIENCE IN INTEGRATING THESE INITIATIVES TO BETTER BUILD THE NATION’S RESILIENCE TO DISASTERS.
Legarda was invited to be a keynote speaker in Vietnam’s 2nd National Forum on DRR and CCA being the UNISDR Regional Champion for the Asia-Pacific and a […]

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2nd National Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Building Linkages, Building Resilience: Protecting Development through Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

March 4, 2011

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai,
Minister Cao Duc Phat,
Vice Minister Dao Xuan Hoc,
Vice Minister Tran Hong Ha,
Philippine Ambassador to Viet Nam Jerril Santos,
Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Allaster Cox,
United Nations Resident Coordinator John Hendra,
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
It is my distinct honor and pleasure to speak before you today in this important national forum on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
As a Philippine senator and UNISDR regional champion for Asia and the Pacific, […]

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Legarda Seeks Inquiry into Gov’t Preparedness in Giving Aid to OFWs during Emergency Situations Abroad

March 3, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SOUGHT AN INVESTIGATION ON THE PREPAREDNESS OF THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES ABROAD, TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWS) ESPECIALLY DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that recent incidents in different parts of the world have brought impending danger to OFWs.
Based on records from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), more than 14,000 OFWs remain trapped in strife-torn Libya. Meanwhile, 11 Filipinos are […]

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P.S. Resolution No. 403 – Philippine Posts Abroad

March 1, 2011

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON LABOR, EMPLOYMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FOEIGN AFFAIRS (DFA) IN COORDINATION WITH THE OVERSEAS WORKERS WELFARE ADMINISTRATION (OWWA) AND OTHER LABOR RELATED AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT, AS WELL AS ON THE ADEQUACY OF FUNDS, WITH THE END IN VIEW OF ASSESSING THE PREPAREDNESS OF PHILIPPINE POSTS ABROAD IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, THEREBY ENSURING THE SAFETY OF THE OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWS) […]

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Legarda Organizes Exhibit to Preserve and Promote Mangyan Culture

February 27, 2011

IN A BID TO PRESERVE THE MANGYAN CULTURE AND PROMOTE THEIR PRODUCTS AND SOURCES OF LIVELIHOOD, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS ORGANIZED AN EXHIBIT, “MANGYANS OF MINDORO: MYTH AND MEANING”, WHICH WILL SHOWCASE THE MANGYAN PEOPLE’S CRAFTSMANSHIP AND RICH HERITAGE.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, was inspired to put up the exhibit following her recent visit to the Mangyan Heritage Center in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.
The exhibit, which will be held from March 1-25, 2011, at the […]

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Legarda: As Tension in Libya Escalates, Action Plans to Ensure Safety of Filipinos Must Be Ready for Execution Anytime

February 23, 2011

AS UNREST WORSENS IN SOME COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PARTICULARLY IN LIBYA WHERE PROTESTERS AND SECURITY FORCES HAVE ENGAGED IN BLOODY CLASHES, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO GUARANTEE THE SAFETY OF FILIPINOS BY MAKING SURE THAT A DEFINITE PLAN OF ACTION IS IN PLACE AND READY FOR EXECUTION ANY TIME.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, cited a report from the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) that the protests in Libya […]

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Legarda Seeks Institutionalization of Disaster Preparedness Measures in Schools and Hospitals

February 23, 2011

FOLLOWING THE STRONG EARTHQUAKE IN NEW ZEALAND AND A MILDER TREMOR HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REITERATED HER CALL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MEASURES IN EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH CARE ESTABLISHMENTS.
Legarda, the Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, stressed the importance of evaluating the structural integrity of various establishments in the country and the regular conduct of fire and earthquake drills particularly in schools and hospitals, as disasters may occur […]

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Legarda Lauds CamSur’s 12-M Trees Program, Urges Other LGUs to Replicate

February 23, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY COMMENDED THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF CAMARINES SUR, LED BY GOVERNOR LUIS RAYMUND VILLAFUERTE, JR., FOR THE LAUNCH OF ITS ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGN DUBBED AS EL VERDE 12 MILLION TREES BY 2012, AND URGED OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS TO JOIN THE GREEN ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN.
“I laud the efforts of Governor LRay and the citizens of Camarines Sur in saving our ecosystem through massive tree-growing and in raising the awareness of our people on environmental concerns through this program,” […]

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