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Legarda: Land Degradation Affects 33M Filipinos

August 30, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today stressed the need to address land degradation that is affecting about one-third of the population.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said that the Global Assessment of Land Degradation and Improvement showed that land degradation in the country has affected more than 33 million Filipinos and is likely to contribute to widespread and severe poverty in the rural areas.
She noted that a 2010 report by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils […]

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Senate Bill No. 1391 – Department of Culture Act of 2013

August 28, 2013

AN ACT CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Scope: National
Legislative status: Withdrawn (3/6/2014)
http://senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=16&q=SBN-1391
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SBN-1391 (as filed)

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Senate Resolution No. 216 – Environmental Audit of the Performance of Relevant National Agencies and Local Government Units

August 28, 2013

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO LEAD THE CONDUCT OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF RELEVANT NATIONAL AGENCIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS IN RELATION TO THEIR ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES IN THE LIGHT OF CONTINUED ECOSYSTEMS DECLINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION WITH THE END VIEW OF INTRODUCING BASIS FOR IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND INTRODUCING MEASURABLE INDICATORS AND TARGETS TO ENSURE PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY OF ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE ENTITIES AND […]

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Senate Bill No. 1357 – Anti-Religious and Racial Profiling Act of 2013

August 27, 2013

AN ACT PROHIBITING, PROFILING, VIOLENCE AND ALL FORMS OF INTOLERANCE AGAINST PERSONS BASED ON ETHNICITY, RACE, RELIGION OR BELIEF, LANGUAGE, DISABILITY OR OTHER STATUS
Scope: National
Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (9/3/2013)
http://senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=16&q=SBN-1357
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SBN-1357 (as filed)

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Legarda Wants Harsher Penalties for False Criminal Accusations Against Innocent Persons

August 26, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda has proposed a measure seeking to increase penalties for accusing an innocent person the commission of a crime or intriguing an individual for the purpose of damaging his reputation.
“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, our families. Even with diligent efforts to maintain good standing and display acceptable character in our society, we still might be faced with circumstances […]

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Legarda Seeks Govt, SUCs Support to Conserve and Promote Phil. Culture and Indigenous Knowledge

August 25, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that she will pursue strengthened partnership with agencies of government and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country for the conservation and promotion of Philippine culture and traditional knowledge and indigenous systems.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) she will formalize a collaboration with SUCs on the documentation of cultural knowledge and indigenous traditions in all parts of the country with special focus on […]

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Legarda Pushes for Environmental Audit

August 22, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that she will push through with the conduct of an environmental audit to determine the state of implementation and enforcement of the country’s environmental laws and policies.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, will file a Senate Resolution to conduct an environmental audit covering the performance of relevant national agencies and local government units in relation to their enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and compliance guidelines in light of the continued […]

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Legarda Stresses Need for Improved Governance, Strict Law Compliance to Avert Widespread Flooding

August 20, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call for the implementation of laws and programs that will help ease flooding in the country following the disaster brought by Typhoon Maring and the monsoon rains in the metropolis and nearby regions.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Environment and Climate Change, said that first and foremost, local government units (LGUs) should comply with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (Republic Act 9003) and also start clearing waterways in their areas.
Heavy and continuous […]

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Legarda to Gov’t: Scale Up Social Protection to Improve Disaster Resilience

August 19, 2013

As incessant rains caused by Typhoon Maring and the southwest monsoon affect Metro Manila and several provinces in nearby regions, Senator Loren Legarda today called for a deeper study on how the government’s social protection program can be improved to help build disaster resilience of families and communities.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that the government should promote the scaling up of existing national programs to rectify the social and economic structures that breed disaster risk […]

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Legarda Wants Monitoring System of Gov’t Performance

August 17, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that a system of performance planning and reporting by every government agency should be established to strengthen the accountability of government managers and motivate them to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.
Legarda said that there should be a measure of efficiency of each government agency to avert corruption and ensure that national goals are achieved through effective and well-achieved programs by the various agencies of government.
“Our government agencies should create a plan of action covering the […]

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