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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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Legarda Echoes UN SecGen’s Call for $100B Green Climate Fund

November 18, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today echoed the call of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the establishment of the Green Climate Fund that will aid developing countries in mitigating the effects of climate change.
The Senator said she hopes that leaders who will gather at the global climate change conference in Durban, South Africa on November 28, will finally push the operationalization of the $100-billion Green Climate Fund, which was already agreed upon at the 16th Session of the Conference of […]

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Legarda Seeks Funds for Nat’l TV

November 18, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda has called for support in seeking funds for the state-owned television network, People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTNI), noting that it does not receive annual appropriation for its operations.
“The PTV4 has no allocation from the government and is not allowed to receive commercial revenues, how then is it able to survive? We need to resuscitate our national television because it has a great potential, not for propaganda, but for information dissemination of the advocacies of our various departments […]

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Legarda Calls for Swift Compliance with Requirements to Access UN Climate Adaptation Fund

November 16, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda urged the government to immediately comply with the requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the country to have access to the Climate Change Adaptation Fund.
“The proposed budget may not be enough for all our disaster risk reduction efforts and while we are establishing a one-billion-peso fund for climate adaptation efforts through the People’s Survival Fund Act, which the Senate has already passed on third reading, it is never enough,” Legarda, Chair […]

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Legarda Bats for Improved Libraries as Nation Observes Reading Month

November 12, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today pushed for the improvement and upgrading of libraries and reading centers in the country to aid students in accomplishing their schoolwork and to revive their interest in reading.
Legarda made the call as the country observes the National Reading Month, which the Department of Education (DepEd) aims to use as an avenue to promote reading and literacy among the Filipino youth.
“We commend the DepEd for coming up with a series of programs for the National Reading Month […]

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