Investing in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Capabilities

June 22, 2012

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City;According to the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), there were 302 disasters from natural hazards worldwide, and 33 of them occurred in the Philippines. These disasters from natural hazards cost the Philippines 26 billion pesos in damages and displaced a record 15.3 million people.

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No Longer Servants, But Workers: ILO Convention 189

June 6, 2012

Senate Session Hall;I rise on a matter of personal privilege to underscore my personal commitment as your Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to push for the ratification of the ILO Convention 189 otherwise known asDecent Work for Domestic Workers’ Convention.

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World Environment Day 2012: Sex on the Reefs

June 5, 2012

Senate Session Hall;There is sex on the reefs. Where the warm ocean currents meet the more temperate Philippine waters, a different kind of procreation is taking placeā€”one that would save not only marine life, but our very own as well.

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Committee Report No. 163, Senate Resolution No. 788 Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA) with Australia

June 4, 2012

Senate Session Hall;I have the honor to seek approval of Senate Resolution No. 788, entitled “Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of Australia Concerning the Status of Visiting Forces of Each State in the Territory of the Other” prepared and submitted by the Committee on Foreign Relations on May 30, 2012 per its Committee Report No. 163.

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