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Legarda Stresses on Value of IPRA, Calls for Better Implementation

October 30, 2012

“Our indigenous peoples have shaped our story as a Filipino people—our music, arts and dance, our native knowledge and skills, our deeply held beliefs, our creativity, our sustainable ways of living with our physical environment and most important, our self-worth. Despite these overwhelming contributions, we have admittedly underwhelmed them as opportunities, services and share in decision-making, that are embodied in the Indigenous Peoples Rights law, have yet to be fully accorded,”

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“Draw Lessons from NY Mayor’s Preparedness for Superstorm Sandy”

October 30, 2012

“As early as October 26 in New York, Mayor Mike Bloomberg already announced that the city was taking necessary precautions. Modes of public transportation like the subway were closed shortly after, and residents were told to stay inside their homes. By October 28, tunnels and bridges were already closed and all flights going in and out of the area were cancelled. This level of alertness should also inspire other US government officials to prepare, if not for Sandy then for the subsequent weather disturbances that are certain to occur as we witness the worsening effects of climate change,”

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Legarda: Let’s Aim for Zero Casualty in the Next Typhoons

October 29, 2012

“As we expect more typhoons that could be stronger and more devastating, our national and local action must promote disaster prevention with ‘zero tolerance’ as a mindset and approach. We must bring disaster preparedness to an even heightened level and aim to have no casualties for the succeeding typhoons,”

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Legarda Looks Forward to Greater Cooperation with Australia

October 26, 2012

“Australia is the largest bilateral grant aid donor to the Philippines. Since 2001, Australia has extended aid investment of around Php32 billion, while defense assistance is estimated at PhP1.16 billion. With President Aquino’s official visit to Australia, we are hopeful that this will open more areas of cooperation and bolster defense and security cooperation between our two countries,”

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Legarda Urges All Filipinos to Share in Celebration of Eidul Adha

October 25, 2012

“I have always hoped that in a Catholic-dominated nation such as ours, we can go beyond familiarity of Muslim religious holidays and move towards deeper respect and understanding among us Filipinos regardless of faith or religious belief,”

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Legarda Echoes Call of Indonesian President to Prioritize Local Capacity-Building on Disaster Risk Reduction

October 24, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ECHOED THE CALL OF INDONESIAN PRESIDENT SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO AT THE 5TH ASIAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA TO PRIORITIZE AND INTEGRATE LOCAL CAPACITY BUILDING IN THE GOVERNMENT’S NATIONAL PROGRAM ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION.
“I support the call of President Yudhoyono to strengthen disaster risk reduction efforts through the creation of disaster-resilient villages, advancement of multi-stakeholder participation, development of local human and technical capacity, financing of local capacity-building programs, coordination of national and […]

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Loren Legarda Exalts Indigenous Artistry

October 23, 2012

Congratulations to Sen. Loren Legarda on her launching of the Hibla Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves of the Philippines at the SMX convention center last week. The exhibition was held to celebrate Indigenous People’s Month “with the hope of solving one of the greatest threats to Filipino indigenous artistry — extinction brought about by apathy.”
The exhibition, Legarda said, “aims to tell the stories of indigenous communities through the intricate processes of weaving that were passed on by their ancestors. It […]

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Legarda Braves Heckling to Promote Native Wear

October 23, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOUndaunted by the heckling of some male senators, Sen. Loren Legarda gamely posed before cameras recording the live debates in the Senate session hall and described her outfit in detail.
“This is a T’boli belt,” she began as she moved away from the microphone stand hiding her clothes from view. “Each strand that holds a bell takes two weeks to make. Imagine the months it took before this was finished.”
“This is a Bagobo […]

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Legarda Files Bill to Promote Soil and Water Conservation

October 23, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA RECENTLY FILED A PROPOSED MEASURE THAT AIMS TO CURTAIL THE PROBLEM OF SOIL DEGRADATION.

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Legarda Wants to Ensure Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Cultural Properties

October 22, 2012

“There have been reported incidences wherein their indigenous knowledge, dances, designs are being stolen by local and foreign entities, further marginalizing our indigenous communities and depriving them of their cultural property, their identity which has been passed on from their ancestors. This is a concern we must immediately address as we pursue the continuity of our heritage,”

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