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Legarda Congratulates Direk Brillante for French Honor

June 30, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today congratulated Director Brillante Mendoza for being conferred the title Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French
Ministry of Culture.
“I am proud of Direk Brillante’s continuing success. He has been bringing honor to our country with his internationally-acclaimed films that raise people’s awareness on the realities in our society,” said Legarda.
“He is an artist who uses his talent […]

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Protection of Rights of IPs, Among Legarda’s Priorities in Next Term

June 28, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today assured the country’s estimated 14-17 million indigenous peoples (IPs) that she will continue to look after their welfare and rights and will help preserve and promote the culture that they protect.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that providing equal opportunities for Filipino IPs will be among her priorities in her third term.
“Our aim is to improve the lives of our IPs by ensuring that they are respected, provided with opportunities available to […]

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Legarda: Political Resolve Needed to Address Climate Crisis

June 27, 2013

United Nations champion for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation Senator Loren Legarda today called on the executive department to strictly enforce climate change, environmental, sustainable energy legislations passed by Congress over the past decade to mitigate and help the country adapt to the impacts of the warming climate.
Legarda issued the call following two notable facts—United States President Barack Obama’s action plan to confront climate change and a World Bank report showing that at least 23 Philippine provinces are […]

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Legarda: Communication, Vital Tool for ‘Zero Casualty’ during Disasters

June 26, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that communication is crucial in achieving “zero casualty” during disasters.
“Communication is vital before, during and immediately after disasters. We need it to warn our citizens of impending disasters so they can prepare ahead of time; we need it during disasters for effective monitoring; and we need it also immediately after for efficient delivery of recovery and rehabilitation services,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change.
In this regard, the Senator said she hopes […]

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25-m Pinoys gain PhilHealth access

June 25, 2013

Twenty-five million indigent Filipinos will now have access to basic healthcare services through the Philippine Health Insurance Corp, Senator Loren Legarda said.
This is made possible with the enactment into law of the measure amending the National Health Insurance Act, Legarda said.
Legarda, principal author of the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, said the new measure “is a great leap towards achieving universal healthcare coverage for Filipinos.”
As of 2012, the national government has enrolled to PhilHealth the poorest 5.2 million families […]

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Legarda: Better Protection, Improved Benefits Await Seafarers

June 25, 2013

In celebration of the 2013 International Seafarers’ Day, Senator Loren Legarda today highlighted the improved benefits and protection that the approximately 400,000 Filipino seafarers are expected to receive when the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) takes effect.
“Thousands of Filipino seafarers will feel the effect of the MLC, 2006 in the coming months as the treaty comes into force in August, a year after the Philippines became the 30th ILO member state to ratify the treaty. Our seafarers will be […]

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Legarda Hails Enactment of Universal Healthcare Law

June 24, 2013

Twenty-five (25) million indigent Filipinos will now have access to basic healthcare services through the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) with the enactment into law of the measure amending the National Health Insurance Act, Senator Loren Legarda today said.

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Extreme weather: Heavy rains, floods are ‘new norm’

June 23, 2013

Typhoons are normal occurrences in a tropical country like the Philippines, with about 20 typhoons hitting the country every year. Lately, however, the Philippines has been experiencing increasing torrential rains even without typhoons. Intense rains, flooded streets, heavy traffic and stranded commuters are becoming part everyday life in Metropolitan Manila and other parts of the country.

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What the young today don’t know about Loren

June 22, 2013

To start off, what young people today don’t know is that, once upon a time before she became a senator (and almost a vice president), Loren Legarda was what celebrity-crazy fans today call Commercial Queen, in-demand for endorsements during her younger days in the same way that the likes of Anne Curtis, Kris Aquino and company are today.
– Ricky Lo, Philstar
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Legarda bats for ‘low-carbon’ lifestyle

June 22, 2013

WITH 85% of Filipinos saying that they have experienced climate change, Senator Loren Legarda on Friday renewed her call to practice a low-carbon lifestyle.
A recent SWS survey revealed that eight out of 10 Filipinos “personally experienced” the effects of climate change.
“The presence of climate change could not be any clearer than this. Before, climate change was a term for the experts, now our citizens are experiencing it through extreme weather events, which in our country translate to either intense heat […]

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