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We Must Always Be Alert and Ready to Face Typhoons–Legarda

September 27, 2011

AS A COUNTRY THAT IS OFTEN VISITED BY TYPHOONS, THE PHILIPPINES SHOULD NOW BE READY AND ALWAYS ALERT WHENEVER TROPICAL CYCLONES, SUCH AS PEDRING, ARRIVE, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID.
“Tropical storms are not new to us. We have been experiencing these natural hazards for as long as anyone can remember. By now, every government agency and every citizen of this country should know what to do when we are expecting typhoons,” Legarda stressed.
The Chair of the Senate Committee […]

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Revisiting the Lessons of Ondoy

September 26, 2011

Mr. President,
I stand here today, two years since one of the most devastating typhoons unleashed its wrath in our country, to renew my call for the administration to translate “transformational leadership” into measurable gains in protecting people’s lives and livelihoods and building our resilience as a nation against the worsening state of disaster and climate risks.
We already know the risks.
Tropical storm Pedring entered the Philippines exactly two years after three successive tropical cyclones – Ondoy, Pepeng and […]

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Legarda Renews Call for Full Implementation of Solid Waste Management Law

September 25, 2011

THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY RENEWED HER CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO FULLY IMPLEMENT REPUBLIC ACT 9003 OR THE ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000 TO ONCE AND FOR ALL STOP DISASTERS LIKE THE IRISAN TRASHSLIDE IN BAGUIO CITY FROM HAPPENING.
The Irisan trashslide left three dead and one missing at the height of Typhoon Mina which lashed Northern Luzon last week.
“There is a clear violation of the Solid Waste […]

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Legarda Pushes for Convergence of Government Agencies to Advance the Rights of the IPs

September 24, 2011

ALARMED BY THE CONCERN OF AN ATA OF NEGROS ORIENTAL ON ANCESTRAL LAND CLAIMS WHICH OVERLAP WITH PREVIOUSLY-ISSUED CERTIFICATES OF LAND OWNERSHIP AWARD (CLOAS) BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM (DAR), SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA STRESSED THE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (NCIP) TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PROGRAMS REACH THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPS) AND DO NOT PERPETUATE THEIR LONG HISTORY OF MARGINALIZATION.
In an open forum at the two-day (September 23-24) Visayas […]

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Legarda Meets with Indigenous Peoples of Visayas and Island Provinces of Luzon

September 23, 2011

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA WILL CONVENE TODAY THE LAST REGIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ASSEMBLY AT THE PROVINCIAL CAPITOL OF ILOILO IN ILOILO CITY.
Legarda said that the Visayas Assembly will complete the information needed to come up with an IP development agenda of the government, which will be presented in the National Indigenous Cultural Summit.
“The indigenous peoples groups in Luzon called for the effective implementation and harmonization of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), mining and environmental laws, and policies of […]

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Reach-out Missions to IPs Successful-Loren

September 21, 2011

THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CULTURAL COMMUNITIES AND COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, BOTH CHAIRED BY SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, HAS BROUGHT ITS INQUIRY OUTSIDE THE FOUR HALLS OF THE SENATE FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS TO GATHER VARIOUS CONCERNS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPS) ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THOSE FROM REMOTE AND FAR-FLUNG BARANGAYS.
“It is not easy for our IPs to attend Senate Committee hearings held in Manila on the proposed measures that seek to address their needs. It is for […]

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Legarda to Lead Visayas IP Assembly in Iloilo

September 20, 2011

AFTER THE ASSEMBLY OF LUZON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPS) HELD IN BAGUIO CITY ON SEPTEMBER 9-10 AND THE ASSEMBLY OF MINDANAO IPS HELD IN DAVAO DEL NORTE LAST WEEK (SEPTEMBER 16-17), THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CULTURAL COMMUNITIES AND COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA WILL NOW LEAD THE ASSEMBLY OF THE VISAYAS IPS AT THE PROVINCIAL CAPITOL OF ILOILO IN ILOILO CITY ON SEPTEMBER 23-24.
This IP Assembly of the Visayas, the third and last of a […]

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I Will Push for the Implementation of IP Representation in LGU Councils — Loren

September 18, 2011

TAGUM CITY — THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CULTURAL COMMUNITIES AND COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA ASSURED THE INDIGENOUS CULTURAL COMMUNITIES THAT SHE WOULD USE HER AUTHORITY IN THE SENATE TO CHECK ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISION OF REPUBLIC ACT 8371 OR THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S RIGHTS ACT (IPRA) THAT REQUIRES LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) TO APPOINT REPRESENTATIVES OF INDIGENOUS CULTURAL COMMUNITIES IN POLICY-MAKING BODIES AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.
In a press conference during the Mindanao Indigenous […]

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Implementation of Existing Environmental and IP Laws Must be Given Priority – Loren

September 17, 2011

TAGUM CITY – “WE MUST IMPLEMENT OUR LAWS EFFECTIVELY.”
This was the reaction of Senator Loren Legarda when asked by the local media as to what laws the Senator need to push in order to protect the environment and promote the welfare of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).
This was also what Senator Legarda stressed that the government needs to do, noting that there are already a number of laws with implementation challenges.
“My focus is on funding the laws that […]

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Message of Senator Loren Legarda “The Role of Family and Friends in the Battle against Breast Cancer”

September 17, 2011

In 1996, a strong woman who I deeply cherish died battling with the Big C. Bessie Bautista Legarda, my mama, was a victim of breast cancer, and even though she was a strong woman, we knew that the disease hurt her physically and emotionally.
Cancer is a frightening disease. It could mean a beginning of a new way of life. Accepting the changes that come with it entails much personal strength and great support from loved ones. While the cancer […]

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