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International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013

October 14, 2013

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA
Privilege Speech
International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013
Senate Session Hall
14 October 2013
 
Mr. President,
 
As our nation strives for equitable socio-economic development amid many recurring calamities, it is essential that we preserve our development gains through disaster risk reduction.
 
My advocacies through the years have been founded on this — to protect the environment, to reduce disaster risk, and to adapt to climate change towards a more resilient Philippines.
 
However, with the unabated rise in disaster losses, about 18-fold increase in economic losses […]

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Legarda: Include Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Resilience Efforts

October 14, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today called for the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the country’s disaster risk reduction programs.
 
In a privilege speech, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that, “We must continue to know more about the needs of persons living with disabilities. We must know more about their challenges and about their abilities to cope and to take part in disaster risk reduction efforts.”
 
The Senator said that the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction, […]

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Legarda Highlights Best Environmental Practices among Phl Hospitals

October 14, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today highlighted the country’s best environmental practices among hospitals as she expressed support to the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) Initiative promoted by Mr. Gary Cohen, the U.S. White House Champion of Change for Climate and Health.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that several hospitals in the country are undertaking safe and green practices that should be emulated by other hospitals and health care facilities.
 
The Senator discussed this in a meeting with […]

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Legarda Launches First Philippine Resilience Awards

October 13, 2013

In celebration of the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction, Senator Loren Legarda today announced the start of the search for the Philippines’ disaster-resilient communities.
 
Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, said that the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Senate Committee on Climate Change, together with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), are now accepting entries for the first Philippine Resilience Awards.
 
“In our continuing quest […]

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Legarda launches first Philippine Resilience Awards

October 13, 2013

In celebration of the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction, Senator Loren Legarda today announced the start of the search for the Philippines’ disaster-resilient communities.
Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, said that the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Senate Committee on Climate Change, together with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), are now accepting entries for the first Philippine Resilience Awards.
“In our […]

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Legarda: Manila Bay Rehab to Benefit 23 Million Filipinos

October 8, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today stressed the need for cooperation between and among government agencies, local government units and citizens to rehabilitate the Manila Bay, which affects the life and livelihood of 23 million Filipinos.
 
During a briefing by agencies tasked to cleanup the Manila Bay, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said that the degradation of Manila Bay will not only affect those living in coastal areas, which depend on it for food and livelihood, but […]

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Legarda Leads Senate Meet on Manila Bay Rehab

October 6, 2013

The Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, chaired by Senator Loren Legarda, has called for a briefing by the agencies involved in the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay as ordered by the Supreme Court.
 
The briefing will be held on Monday, 7 October, 10 am, at the Tañada Room in the Senate.
 
“The Committee will be briefed on the status of compliance to the Supreme Court’s Writ of Continuing Mandamus issued in 2008 ordering various government agencies to clean up Manila […]

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Legarda: Address Housing Woes to Maximize Asia’s Growth Potential

October 5, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that governments and citizens of Asia-Pacific should make good use of the region’s growth potentials and start addressing homelessness among Asians.
 
Legarda echoed the call of Former US Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, who said that Asia-Pacific is steering the world in growth and prosperity, which must be used to eliminate poverty.
 
In a meeting with Sen. Legarda at the sidelines of Habitat for Humanity Asia Pacific Housing Forum, the former US housing secretary said that an important […]

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Legarda Lines Up More Cultural Programs Thru Legislation

October 4, 2013

Following the inauguration of the new Hibla and Baybayin Galleries, Senator Loren Legarda said she has lined up more programs aimed at promoting and protecting the unique and diverse Filipino culture through proposed measures she has filed in the Senate.
 
During the program for the said inauguration held at the Museum of the Filipino People, Legarda, through the encouragement of National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairperson Felipe de Leon Jr., committed to filing a measure that will mandate […]

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Rice supply woes food security issue–Loren

October 3, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda batted for more government support for farmers to increase rice production, saying supply problems hounding the government go beyond just numbers but have become issues of food security.
Legarda, in a statement, cited reports that Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan had informed President Aquino that domestic rice supply is running low and could be augmented by importation.
“This probably explains why the public continues to be burdened with unstable rice prices despite assurances from agricultural officials that […]

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