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Legarda: Utilize Science for a Better PHL

July 23, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the nation should utilize science, technology, and innovation in transforming the Philippines into a country not just of potential but of actual success.
Legarda made the statement in time for the 2013 National Science and Technology Week (July 23-27, 2013).
“The science community is a vital sector that must be tapped to provide the needed innovations to address the pressing needs of various sectors like agriculture, transportation, industry and services as well as improve climate change […]

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Legarda Honors Indigenous Filipinos in SONA Outfit

July 22, 2013

Hoping that issues concerning culture and indigenous Filipinos will be included in the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), Senator Loren Legarda is determined to make a statement on preserving and promoting the Filipino heritage and literally walk her talk.
The Senator, who has been passionately advocating for a more active promotion of the traditions and cultural practices of the country’s 110 ethno-linguistic groups, will wear indigenous garments at the opening of the 16th Congress and during the President’s SONA.
“My […]

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Legarda Hopes for Clear-Cut Agenda on Inclusive Growth, Climate Change in PNoy’s SONA

July 21, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that among the issues she hopes President Benigno Aquino III will mention in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) is a defined roadmap to address the effects of climate change and a clear path towards inclusive growth.
“President Aquino’s administration has already made headway in building a strong economy and we await more of his programs to ensure that these gains will be felt by every Filipino. We are also seeing significant improvement in […]

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Legarda Files FOI Bill Anew

July 19, 2013

Acknowledging the importance of transparency and accountability in government service, Senator Loren Legarda has filed anew the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) Act under Senate Bill No. 514.
Legarda said that the FOI Bill mandates all government agencies to disclose information on public interest transactions, documents or records, and provide other information as requested by the public.
Government agencies will be required to disclose, through posting in their respective bulletin boards and official websites, transactions such as contracts with the private sector, […]

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Legarda Wants Rainwater Catchment Facilities in Schools, Brgys

July 18, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that all schools and barangays in the country should have rainwater catchment facilities as part of efforts to reduce flooding and conserve water.
“These rainwater catchment systems can help address the country’s water shortage problem, particularly during the dry season, while making use of the excessive water brought by the rains during the wet season. These facilities can also contribute to reduce the occurrence of flooding,” said Legarda.
The Senator made the statement in support of the […]

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Legarda Bats for Regional Museums for Cultural Preservation

July 17, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda has formalized her proposal to have folk art museums in every region in the country through a bill she filed amending the National Museum Act.
Legarda said that the establishment of museums in the country will ensure the transmission of valuable traditional knowledge to the younger generation.
“For years, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has taken the lead in facilitating the conservation and transfer of cultural heritage—expressed through the country’s various traditional folk arts, via […]

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French teaching us ‘how great we are’

July 14, 2013

Ironically, it took the French “to teach us how great we are,” noted Sen. Loren Legarda of the exhibit “Philippines: Archipelago of Exchanges,” at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, which ends Sunday.
The three-month showcase of selected indigenous art pieces and ethnographic items at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris is biggest and most substantial exhibition of precolonial Philippine artifacts ever assembled in the world, even in the Philippines.
But the lessons of the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition have managed to […]

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Loren Legarda: ‘Culture weaves us into one unbreakable fabric’

July 14, 2013

It now sits adoringly in one of my own bookshelves. Sandwiched between an old Amorsolo volume and non-fiction by Nick Joaquin. This thing. This thick navy blue book titled Philippines: An Archipelago of Exchange published by Actes Sud — a work put out to coincide with a historic exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris which culminates today, July 14.
The STAR was invited to the opening reception last April 8 of “Philippines: Archipel des échanges (An Archipelago of […]

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Legarda Supports Call for Bigger Budget for Climate Adaptation

July 14, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today echoed the call of the World Bank to allocate more funds for climate change adaptation.
“We must invest in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation not only to reduce the loss of lives and damage to property but also to significantly decrease expenditures on post-disaster needs,” said Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific.
The World Bank said that nations should allocate at least two percent of their […]

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Legarda Expands Opportunities for Micro Entrepreneurs

July 12, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said she has proposed a measure that would provide micro entrepreneurs more and better opportunities to expand their business.
Building on the gains of the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which she authored, Legarda said she now wants to institute micro-enterprise development to accelerate socio-economic progress.
Legarda has filed a bill proposing the creation of micro-enterprise development institutions (MEDIs) that will expand, enhance and promote the access of the poor to microfinance services such […]

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