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Legarda Stresses Need to Strengthen Anti-Human Trafficking Law

January 18, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY PUSHED FOR THE PASSAGE OF A MEASURE THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN THE CURRENT ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT (RA 9208).
Legarda said that there is a pressing need to amend the current law because an estimated 2,000 Filipinos continue to fall prey into trafficking each year.
“Trafficking in Persons is a complex problem and its full dimensions are hard to measure. Furthermore, trafficking modes and patterns continue to evolve over time as perpetrators of the crime seek to […]

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Legarda calls for Mandatory Urban and Countryside Greening To Offset Adverse Effects of Natural Hazards

January 18, 2011

AS VARIOUS PARTS OF THE NATION CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES DUE TO HEAVY AND INCESSANT RAINS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REITERATED HER CALL FOR URBAN AND COUNTRYSIDE GREENING AS A WAY TO WARD OFF THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF NATURAL HAZARDS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, filed Senate Bill 2630 to mandate tree planting and adoption of forest sanctuaries in all barangays, municipalities, cities and provinces, particularly in all public parks and public school grounds […]

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Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2010 Committee Report No. 13 / Senate Bill No. 2625

January 17, 2011

Nine hundred forty nine trafficking in persons cases in ten years or nearly a hundred Filipinos victimized each year — such was the situation seven years ago when Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted.
Today, it is estimated that more than 2000 Filipinos fall prey into trafficking each year.
Distinguished colleagues, behind these numbers are stories of individuals whose freedom of choice is impaired by desperation or helplessness, thus rendering them vulnerable to exploitation. Victims […]

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Legarda Pushes for Creation of Disaster-Resilient Communities

January 16, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO WORK ON THE IDEA OF BUILDING DISASTER-RESILIENT COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, particularly challenged the private sector and other organizations to follow the lead of MyShelter Foundation, United Architects of the Philippines, RP-United Nations White Helmets, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. in coming up with a green architecture project.
The abovementioned organizations, in partnership with the Quezon City Local […]

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Results of climate studies prompt immediate action – Legarda

January 15, 2011

CITING REPORTS FROM RECENT STUDIES ON CLIMATE CHANGE, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, TODAY SAID THAT THE WHOLE NATION SHOULD WASTE NO TIME AND MUST WORK TOGETHER TO IMMEDIATELY ESTABLISH THE NECESSARY MECHANISMS THAT WOULD WARD OFF THE ILL EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING.
According to reports from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the global average surface temperature for 2010, which is 14 degrees Celsius […]

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Legarda: Disaster Risk Reduction Means Genuine Development

January 13, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION (UNISDR) REGIONAL CHAMPION, TODAY STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF REDUCING DISASTER RISKS TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.
Legarda made the statement during the launch of the UNISDR’s “Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient” campaign in Cebu City, where 51 mayors and vice mayors of various cities and municipalities in Region-7 expressed their commitment to the Ten Essential Actions to Reduce Disaster Risks.
“As national and local government leaders, we […]

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DISASTER RISK REDUCTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCH FOR REGION-VII Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “My City, My Town is Getting Ready!”

January 13, 2011

As UNISDR regional champion, I am pleased to be a part of this momentous region-wide launch of UNISDR’s campaign, Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “My City, My Town is Getting Ready!”
I am aware of the significant efforts made by the partner stakeholders to make this important event happen.
With 50 mayors and 30 vice mayors, together with Governor Gwen Garcia and all the other key stakeholders in the Province of Cebu and in Region VII gathered here for a collective purpose […]

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Loren urges execution of local climate action plans, calls for enhanced community-based disaster management and early warning system amid La Niña onset

January 12, 2011

AS THE COUNTRY IS EXPECTED TO EXPERIENCE HEAVIER RAINS AND INTENSE TYPHOONS WITH THE ONSET OF LA NIÑA, LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) MUST ENSURE THE EXECUTION OF THEIR CLIMATE ACTION PLANS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, also called for enhanced community-based disaster management and early warning system in every community.
“Empowered and equipped with the necessary mandate, knowledge, skills and tools, LGUs should develop their own disaster risk reduction (DRR) and […]

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Legarda: Boost People’s Food Self-Sufficiency to Mitigate Hunger onset

January 12, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH PROGRAMS THAT WOULD BOOST THE CITIZENS’ SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN FOOD TO HELP MITIGATE HUNGER.
Legarda made the statement following the release of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results on the rate of hunger in the country.
The survey, conducted from November 27 to 30, 2010, showed that 18.1% of Filipinos or about 3.4 million families experienced hunger in the past three months.
While the government said that it expects hunger […]

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Legarda Encourages More LGUs to Commit to UN Disaster-Resilient Cities Campaign as Region-7 Makes its Pledge

January 10, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) TO START THE YEAR RIGHT BY JOINING THE “MAKING CITIES RESILIENT: MY CITY IS GETTING READY!” CAMPAIGN OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION (UNISDR) TO ENSURE THAT THEIR COMMUNITIES ARE DISASTER RESILIENT.
Legarda made the call as over 100 local executives from Region VII, mostly from the Province of Cebu, are set to commit to the UN’s Ten Essential Actions to Reduce Disaster Risks during the launch […]

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