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Training Workshop for National and Local Governments in Southeast Asia and South Asia on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

February 10, 2012

I am pleased to be part of this Training Workshop for National and Local Governments in Southeast Asia and South Asia on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.
ICLEI is a laudable organization of local governments. It is a trailblazer in its effort to make environmental sustainability a central part of the development process. And allow me to congratulate you for successfully organizing this important initiative.
National and local leaders across the globe increasingly realize that developments practices have not been […]

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Legarda Bats for Safer Schools to Shield Children from Disasters

February 9, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE THE RETROFITTING OF SCHOOLS AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO CREATE A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN AND TO SHIELD THEM FROM DISASTERS.
Legarda noted that as of 6:00 am February 9, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has recorded 26 fatalities in the earthquake that struck Negros and Cebu. Of this number, three persons died after they were hit by school walls in Negros Oriental, while others were […]

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Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas 4th National Executive Board Meeting and 2nd General Assembly

February 9, 2012

Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas
4th National Executive Board Meeting and 2nd General Assembly
Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
9 February 2012
Allow me to thank you for inviting me to deliver a message for this important assembly.
As national and local government leaders, we have the moral responsibility to usher and achieve genuine development for the country and our communities. But as leaders closest to the people, much is expected from barangay officials because you have […]

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Legarda Reiterates Call for Community Preparedness, Safe Structures Against Earthquakes

February 7, 2012

FOLLOWING A STRONG TEMBLOR THAT HIT SEVERAL PARTS OF VISAYAS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY EXPRESSED SYMPATHY TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE DISASTER AS SHE RENEWED HER CALL FOR EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS BY BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CITIZENS.
On Monday, the provinces of Cebu and Kalibo experienced an Intensity IV (moderately strong) tremor, while Iloilo and Negros were hit by an Intensity V (strong) earthquake. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Intensity V earthquakes can cause damages […]

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Legarda: Awareness and Early Detection Will Help Prevent Deaths Due to Cancer

February 4, 2012

AS NATIONS OBSERVE WORLD CANCER DAY TODAY (FEBRUARY 4), SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF RAISING AWARENESS ON THE CAUSES OF CANCER AND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PREVENT ACQUIRING THE DISEASE.
Legarda, whose mother Bessie Bautista Legarda died of breast cancer, said that while in several instances cancer patients remain perplexed as to how they acquired the disease, regular check-up would certainly help early detection of cancer, thus preventing it from reaching the higher stages when chances of survival are […]

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Legarda: We Are So Rich But Why Are We Hungry?

February 3, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY EMPHASIZED THAT THE LACK OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY HAS POSED THREATS ON OUR VERY OWN SURVIVAL, LEAVING MANY FILIPINOS HUNGRY DESPITE THE ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL RESOURCES.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that the recent committee hearing on the agreement to establish the Office of the Worldfish Center in the Philippines revealed that environmental degradation has taken its toll on the country’s food stability, noting recent reports that the […]

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Boost Food Self-Sufficiency, Promote Microenterprises to Beat Hunger and Poverty – Legarda

February 1, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF FILIPINOS’ FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND THE PROMOTION OF MICROENTERPRISES TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER AND POVERTY FOR THE LONG-TERM.
Citing Social Weather Station’s yearend survey results, Legarda said that 4.5 million families experienced hunger, while 9.1 million households considered themselves poor in December last year.
“To effectively reduce hunger and poverty, we have to provide our citizens the kind of support that will have long-term effects. In boosting food self-sufficiency, we improve people’s lives […]

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An Act Amending Articles 363 and 364 of Act No. 3815, Otherwise Known as the Revised Penal Code

January 31, 2012

Our reputation is an aspect of our lives that we continuously seek to protect, as public perception about us undeniably extends to our loved ones and our families. To extremists, a good name is regarded as more important than life itself, since the former leaves an imprint that lasts beyond the latter.

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Legarda on Post-Sendong Efforts: Rebuild a Better Mindanao

January 30, 2012

AS THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER CONCERNED SECTORS UNITE TO HELP VICTIMS OF TROPICAL STORM SENDONG RECOVER FROM THE TRAGEDY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY STRESSED THAT REHABILITATION EFFORTS SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON BUILDING BACK A BETTER MINDANAO.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, explained that it will not be enough to build people’s lives and communities to where they were before the disaster.
“We need to rebuild communities with the confidence that we are not rebuilding the risks […]

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Building Back a Better Mindanao

January 30, 2012

Forty-five days after Mindanao bore tropical storm Sendong’s whiplash of death and destruction, we witness severely affected cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan pick up and rebuild the pieces of their people’s shattered lives.

For days, if not weeks, headlines screamed the cold statistics on the dead and the missing and the confluence of factors that led to the unspeakable disaster.

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