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Legarda Calls for Passage of Amended Magna Carta for Teachers

October 5, 2011

IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY URGED CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE THE PROPOSED INTEGRATED MAGNA CARTA OF TEACHERS AND NON-TEACHING PERSONNEL ACT.
“Time and again, we have raised the many concerns of our teachers that need to be addressed-just compensation, sufficient funds for education sector, reforms in GSIS, health care program, and job security, among many others. A campaign to show our appreciation for our mentors is a fitting tribute to them, but what they really […]

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P.S. Resolution 615 – Domestic Workers Convention (Philippines’ Entry as a State Party to the ILO Convention NO. 189)

October 5, 2011

RESOLUTION URGING THE BENIGNO AQUINO ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY CONSIDER THE PHILIPPINES’ ENTRY AS A STATE PARTY TO THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION CONVENTION NO. 189, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ‘DOMESTIC WORKERS CONVENTION, 2011’, BEARING IN MIND THE LEGAL AND SOCIAL BENEFITS THAT WOULD INSURE THE PROTECTION FOR OUR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS FILIPINO DOMESTIC WORKERS
Scope: National
Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (10/5/2011)
http://senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=15&q=SRN-615
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SRN – 615 (as filed)

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World Teachers’ Day

October 5, 2011

Mr. President,
Images of disaster filled our minds in the past week as typhoons Pedring and Quiel wrought havoc in various parts of the country and destroyed millions-worth of infrastructure including school buildings. In fact, for typhoon Pedring alone, 315 school buildings were damaged with estimated cost placed at P146.8-million.[1]
Thousands of children who went back to their schools after the typhoons were welcomed by damaged classrooms . But one strong image stands tall-the teacher. She has to go business […]

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Legarda to NDRRMC: Institute a National Dam Safety Program

October 4, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA DIRECTED THE NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (NDRRMC) TO GATHER ALL DAM OPERATORS AND VARIOUS AGENCIES THAT OVERSEE THEIR OPERATIONS TO IMMEDIATELY INSTITUTE A NATIONAL DAM SAFETY PROGRAM THAT WOULD ENSURE BETTER MANAGEMENT OF WATER DAMS ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF CRISIS.
Legarda made the directive during both the hearings of the Committee on Climate Change, which she chairs, and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction where representatives from the NDRRMC, the National Power Corporation […]

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Legarda Welcomes HK Ruling on Filipina Worker

October 2, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY HAILED A HONG KONG COURT DECISION ON THE CASE OF A FILIPINA’S APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that the ruling which favored Evangeline Vallejos, a domestic helper in Hong Kong since 1986, serves as a positive sign that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) might be provided with other benefits by the Hong Kong government.
“While we respect the appellate procedures of the judicial system in Hong Kong, we […]

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Legarda: Updated Dam Protocols Must Save Lives and Livelihoods

October 1, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE NATIONAL POWER CORPORATION (NAPOCOR) TO ENSURE THAT THE UPDATED PROTOCOLS ON DAM WATER RELEASES WOULD NO LONGER POSE RISKS TO THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOOD OF PEOPLE IN AFFECTED AREAS.
Legarda made the call as communities in the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan remain submerged in floodwaters even as Napocor said it has already updated its protocol for dam water release.
“Napocor said it has updated its dam protocols, but the current […]

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Legarda to Assess Government’s Efforts on Disaster Prevention Amid Worsening Climate Change Impacts

October 1, 2011

THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CONDUCT A HEARING ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, TO DISCUSS UPDATES ON THE GOVERNMENT’S DISASTER PREVENTION GIVEN THE WORSENING CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS MANIFESTED BY EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS, INCLUDING THE ENTRY OF TYPHOON QUIEL TODAY.
Senator Loren Legarda, the committee chair, said the highlights of the hearing include the presentations by Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering on the National Climate Change Action Plan, and by Gen. Benito Ramos of the National Disaster […]

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Legarda Launches Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook

September 30, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY FORMALLY LAUNCHED THE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND FIRST AID HANDBOOK THAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE WHICH SHE CHAIRS.
Legarda, the United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, said the handbook aims to educate citizens how to prepare for and respond to both natural and human-induced hazards.
The manual was completed in collaboration with the following agencies:
– Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
– […]

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Legarda Decries Desecration of Mt. Pulag National Park

September 29, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED FOR THE STRICT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAWS ON THE PROTECTION OF THE COUNTRY’S FORESTS AS SHE CONDEMNED THE REPORTED DESECRATION OF MT. PULAG, THE THIRD HIGHEST PEAK IN THE COUNTRY THAT IS BOUNDED BY THE PROVINCES OF BENGUET, IFUGAO AND NUEVA VIZCAYA.
In a report from the Department of Environment and National Resources – Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) on the status of forest conversion at Mt. Pulag National Park, it was revealed that parts of […]

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Target Zero Casualty for Next Typhoon – Loren

September 28, 2011

AS ANOTHER TROPICAL STORM IS SET TO ENTER THE COUNTRY JUST DAYS AFTER TYPHOON PEDRING LASHED LUZON, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED FOR NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO BRING DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TO AN EVEN HEIGHTENED LEVEL AND AIM TO HAVE NO CASUALTIES FOR THE SUCCEEDING TYPHOONS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, noted the damages and casualties left by Typhoon Pedring.
Based on the latest situation report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), […]

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