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Archive for January, 2012

Legarda Urges Gov’t to Measure Filipinos’ Gross National Happiness

January 11, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ENCOURAGED THE GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP NEW GROWTH INDICATORS, BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL ECONOMIC YARDSTICKS THAT ONLY EMPHASIZE ECONOMIC PROGRESS, IN MEASURING THE GENERAL WELL-BEING OF FILIPINOS.
Legarda said that the quality of life of Filipinos remains poorly understood due to the absence of measures that will reflect the happiness and well-being of the people.
“Statistics such as gross domestic product (GDP) and gross national product (GNP), which only indicate the value of goods and services turned out […]

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Legarda Lauds LGUs Prioritizing Disaster Risk Reduction Measures

January 9, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT MORE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) ARE NOW REALIZING THE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE IN DEALING WITH NATURAL HAZARDS AS MANY LGUS ARE NOW FOCUSED IN MAKING THEIR TOWNS DISASTER RESILIENT.
Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, said that recently, the city officials of Calbayog in Samar and San Fernando in Pampanga announced that DRR is among their priorities for the year.
Particularly, the City Government of Calbayog […]

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Legarda Welcomes Laguna Lake Rehab Plan

January 8, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY EXPRESSED SUPPORT OVER THE GOVERNMENT’S REHABILITATION PLAN FOR LAGUNA DE BAY, STRESSING THAT THE LAKE SHOULD BE SALVAGED FROM DEGRADATION AS MILLIONS OF FAMILIES DEPEND ON IT FOR LIVELIHOOD AND SUSTENANCE.
“Management of solid waste in the lake, sanitation and public health, congestion of shore land areas, flooding and loss of biodiversity, and decline in water quality-these are among the problems that have sprouted within the lake through the years. We are glad that the government […]

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Legarda Lauds DA’s Climate Adaptation Initiatives; Urges Other Agencies to Follow Suit

January 6, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA COMMENDED THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DA) FOR CARRYING OUT THE INTEGRATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION MEASURES IN ALL ITS PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS.
“The agriculture and fisheries sector has always been vulnerable to natural hazards, particularly typhoons. As a nation that is highly reliant on this sector for livelihood and sustenance, we have to make it resilient to disasters and climate change,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change.
The DA’s initiative includes creating a […]

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LGUs, Solons, Support Legarda’s Call for Stronger Risk Governance

January 5, 2012

RECOGNIZING THE NEED FOR BUILDING A DISASTER RESILIENT NATION, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR SUPPORT FOR SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA’S CALL FOR STRONGER RISK GOVERNANCE.
Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento of the First District of Western Samar raised the importance of the proper execution of disaster risk reduction-related laws, while Mayor Ramon Ilagan of Cainta stressed that communities must be able to withstand the impact of worsening disasters and climate change.
Sarmiento said […]

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Legarda to Gov’t: Prohibit Settlement in Landslide-Prone Areas; Relocate Families to Safer Ground

January 5, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STRICTLY PROHIBIT CITIZENS FROM BUILDING HOMES IN LANDSLIDE-PRONE AREAS, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN NEARBY MINING ZONES, AND WASTE NO TIME IN RELOCATING THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY RESIDING IN SUCH PLACES TO SAFER COMMUNITIES.
Legarda made the statement following the landslide that occurred in Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley, which according to police reports has caused the death of at least 25 individuals.
“This is not the first time that a landslide occurred […]

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Legarda: Strengthen Protection of Filipino Soldiers in Int’l Wars through Protocol I to Geneva Convention

January 3, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS SOUGHT THE RATIFICATION OF A TREATY THAT WOULD PROVIDE BETTER PROTECTION TO FILIPINOS ABROAD FROM INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICTS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that with eight million Filipinos overseas, some of which responding to international call of duty, the government cannot continue to overlook the significance to the national interest of the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of International […]

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Legarda: Approve Protocol to Convention against Torture, Reform Jail Conditions

January 2, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT THE APPROVAL OF AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT WOULD JUMPSTART THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MUCH NEEDED REFORM PROGRAMS FOR JAILS AND DETENTION FACILITIES AND BETTER TREATMENT OF PRISONERS, NOTING THAT THE COUNTRY’S JAILS ARE 201% CONGESTED.
“Harsh prison conditions, overcrowded jails, inadequate nutrition and medical attention for prisoners-that sums up our prison and detention conditions today,” Legarda pointed out.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against […]

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Legarda: Children Continue to Face Threats after Sendong Disaster

January 1, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE THE NEEDS OF SOME 14,000 CHILDREN AFFECTED BY TROPICAL STORM SENDONG WHO ARE STILL IN EVACUATION CENTERS.
Citing reports from the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) that children who are currently living in evacuation centers are most vulnerable especially when separated from their parents, Legarda urged the government to focus on providing food, potable water, basic vitamins, medicine, clothing and ensure sanitation for them.
“As children continue to […]

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