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Legarda, Jubilant over Palawan River Win in New7Wonders Bid, Calls for Greater Efforts for its Protection

November 12, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed jubilation over the inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the New Seven Wonders of Nature as she stressed the need to strengthen efforts to protect and preserve the country’s natural heritage.
“I am happy that the Puerto Princesa Underground River made it to the New Seven Wonders of Nature. I congratulate our government, and most especially the city government of Puerto Princesa, led by Mayor Edward Hagedorn, for its efforts and intensive campaign to […]

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Senator Loren Legarda Inauguration of Barangay Sideg Road

November 12, 2011

(Standard Greetings)
In recognizing the undoubtedly significant role of local government units in the lives of our people, it has been a part of my advocacy to strengthen and empower LGUs through various projects and by supporting programs in our local communities.
As a Senator, I am aware that most of our LGUs still need much support from the national government. This is precisely why we have our Priority Development Assistance Fund, so that we can allocate funds to help […]

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Legarda Urges Filipinos to Make Palawan Underground River One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

November 10, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today urged Filipinos to keep voting for the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan to make it one of the New 7 Wonders (N7W) of Nature.
Legarda made the appeal as the voting ends at precisely 11:11am GMT (7:11pm, Philippine time) tomorrow, November 11, 2011.
The Senator said that the inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the longest navigable underground river in the world, in the New 7 Wonders of Nature will help preserve this natural treasure.
“The New […]

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Legarda Urges Filipinos to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

November 9, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today urged Filipinos to give a gift to Mother Earth this yuletide season by having an environment-friendly Christmas.
Legarda made the statement as she supported EcoWaste Coalition’s “Climate-OK Christmas Guide” that would help eliminate unnecessary waste when celebrating the holiday season.
“Enjoying Christmas and New Year should not be done at the expense of our environment. It would be wise to consider the suggestion of the EcoWaste Coalition to have a green Christmas by using recycled materials for decorations, […]

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Gov’t Must Complete Comprehensive Flood Risk Maps – Legarda

November 8, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today called on the government to ensure the immediate completion of comprehensive flood risk maps and vulnerability analyses.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that the government, particularly the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and local government units (LGUs), must know the extent communities are vulnerable and at risk of serious floods.
The Senator explained that flood risk mapping and vulnerability analyses are […]

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Loren Wants Greater Protection of IP Women’s Rights

November 5, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda pushed for the improvement of programs and strengthening of mechanisms for the protection of the rights of female members of indigenous peoples (IP) groups in the country.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that the regional assemblies that the committee organized and her personal visits to IP communities brought to her attention the need for such initiatives.
“First and foremost, we have to educate them of their rights under the Magna Carta of Women because […]

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Legarda: Protection of OFWs Starts with Getting Our Acts Together

November 5, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda called on agencies of the government to get their acts together in pursuing the mandate to protect overseas Filipinos. She was reacting to the contradictory positions taken by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs on the matter of issuing a deployment ban covering 41 countries.
“How can we genuinely protect the interests and well-being of 10 million Filipinos overseas if our government agencies cannot even get their acts together?” Legarda asked.
“The POEA Board […]

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Legarda Renews Call for Improved Water Governance

November 4, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call for improved water governance in the country.
Noting that President Benigno Aquino III has already asked the Inter-Agency Committee on the Water Sector to create a master plan on effective water management, Legarda said that the Inter-Agency Committee must harmonize water priorities-water supply, irrigation, power generation-with measures to avert flooding especially amid extreme weather events and particularly in areas with dams.
“Excess water has already been released from the reservoir of Magat Dam and this […]

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Rural Women Must Be Empowered to Respond to Climate Change – Legarda

October 31, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT RURAL WOMEN MUST BE EMPOWERED TO RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE NOT ONLY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE IMPACTS OF THIS PHENOMENON BUT ALSO TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE OVERALL EFFORT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that women are more vulnerable to climate change than men and rural women are even at greater risk because they usually lack resources to cope with climate impacts.
“Women have distinct […]

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Economic Dev’t Should Not Worsen Disaster Impacts – Legarda

October 29, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT THE NATION’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN SHOULD CONSIDER THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE SO THAT IT WOULD ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY’S OVERALL PROGRESS AND NOT IN THE WORSENING OF DISASTER RISKS.
Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia and the Pacific, made the statement as she noted that the situation in Thailand, which is experiencing one of the worst flooding incidents in its history, has been […]

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