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Legarda Reports Accomplishments, Ushers Senate Concurrence in Nine Treaties

May 16, 2012

IN JUST OVER A YEAR AS CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS ALREADY STEERED THE SENATE’S APPROVAL OF NINE (9) INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.

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Legarda Hails Approval of Social Security Convention with Spain

May 15, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY HAILED THE SENATE’S APPROVAL OF THE TREATY THAT WOULD ENSURE THAT FILIPINOS IN SPAIN ARE SECURED UPON RETIREMENT.
Legarda said that the Senate has concurred in the ratification of the Convention on Social Security between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain, which she sponsored as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
The Senator explained that the said Convention was signed on November 12, 2002 in Manila. It amends and supersedes […]

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Statement of Sen. Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the Departure of the Panamanian Diplomat Accused of Rape

May 14, 2012

“IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT THE PANAMANIAN GOVERNMENT DID NOT HEED THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT’S REQUEST TO WAIVE THE IMMUNITY OF MR. ERICK SHCKS. A MORE HONORABLE WAY OF ADDRESSING THE ACCUSATIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR MR. SHCKS, THE MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE OF A FILIPINA, TO FACE HIS ACCUSER AND ANSWER THE ALLEGATIONS HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. MR. SHCKS DID NOT ONLY ABUSE THE HOSPITALITY OF OUR COUNTRY BY REFUSING TO ANSWER FOR THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM, HE DISRESPECTED OUR LAWS […]

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The Loren Legarda I know is not a senator or a journalist but a mom

May 14, 2012

“before anything else. She makes it home in time for dinner and asks about my day at school. She calls me when I’m out of the house and worries when I don’t answer the phone. She thinks of everything — from what I should pack for college to what time I should leave for the dentist — all of which she ticks off the never-ending checklist in her head.”
Philippine Star, Leandro Legarda Leviste
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Legarda: Oslob, A Model for Preservation of Nature and Culture

May 13, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CULTURAL COMMUNITIES, LAUDED THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF OSLOB IN THE PROVINCE OF CEBU FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN PRESERVING THEIR RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ABUNDANT NATURAL RESOURCES.
Legarda was the Guest of Honor at the culmination program of the Oslob Heritage Week held at the town’s Cuartel Park where the statue of Fr. Julian Bermejo, and the heritage markers for Calle Aragones, the Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church, […]

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Legarda: Enrich Our Festivals, Preserve Our Culture

May 13, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ENCOURAGED FILIPINOS TO CARRY ON WITH THE TRADITION OF CELEBRATING FESTIVALS IN TOWNS AND PROVINCES AS PART OF EFFORTS TO BRING CULTURE CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, made the statement as she joined Surigaonons in celebrating the 111th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Surigao del Norte.
“The conduct of grand and vibrant fiestas is part of the rich culture of the Philippines. We must continue to enrich […]

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Legarda on Scarborough Issue: Let’s Focus on What Builds, Not on What Destroys

May 10, 2012

OPTIMISTIC THAT THE ONGOING DISPUTE BETWEEN THE PHILIPPINES AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PROC) OVER SCARBOROUGH SHOAL WILL BE RESOLVED PEACEFULLY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ENJOINED BOTH COUNTRIES TO “FOCUS ON WHAT BUILDS, NOT ON WHAT DESTROYS.”
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that it is not to the interest of both nations to engage in a shooting war or in any form of violence, especially that such actions would compromise peace and security in […]

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Legarda Leads Approval of Three Int’l Treaties

May 8, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THE SENATE HAS OFFICIALLY APPROVED, BY ITS CONCURRENCE TO THE EXECUTIVE RATIFICATION OF, THREE TREATIES—THE MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE TREATY (MLAT) WITH THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PROC), THE MLAT WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, AND THE CONSULAR AGREEMENT WITH PROC.
“I am pleased to announce that we have approved three more treaties, aside from the five other agreements we approved earlier in […]

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Legarda Seeks World’s Top Economist’s Help to Develop a Happiness Index in PHL

May 6, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS SOUGHT THE ADVICE AND SUPPORT OF DR. JEFFREY SACHS, A WORLD-RENOWNED ECONOMIST, IN DEVELOPING NEW METRICS THAT WOULD MEASURE THE GENERAL WELL-BEING OF FILIPINOS.
In a meeting with Dr. Sachs at the sidelines of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Legarda discussed with the Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University the development of a happiness index in the Philippines, an indicator that will seriously establish the idea of environmental […]

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Legarda Urges LGUs to Fast-track Disaster Risk Reduction Action Plans

May 5, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY URGED LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) TO PRIORITIZE THE CRAFTING OF THEIR RESPECTIVE LOCAL ACTION PLANS FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION TO BE ENDORSED TO THE PRESIDENT FOR FUNDING AND IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION.
Legarda made the statement at the Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchange on Reducing Vulnerabilities and Adapting to Climate Change workshop in Albay, which focused on building a resilient Mindanao in light of the Sendong disaster.
“I am glad that our exchange participants today have devoted their time for […]

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