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Legarda Sees Need to Revisit VFA

October 17, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today said that there is a need to revisit the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States because of its onerous provisions, particularly on criminal jurisdiction.
 
Legarda said that the case of the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude once again highlighted the need to renegotiate certain provisions of the Agreement.
 
“While we acknowledge the benefits of the VFA, especially in providing the needed support for our armed forces as we have yet to […]

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Legarda: Vote for Vigan as New7Wonders City

October 16, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today urged Filipinos from all over the world to give their full support to Vigan City in making it one of the New7Wonders Cities.
 
“The search for the New7Wonders Cities is in the last phase with 14 cities remaining in the list. Let us all vote for Vigan City to be included in the final list of the New7Wonders Cities,” said Legarda.
 
For the final phase, voting is from 7 October to 7 December 2014.
 
Voting can be done online […]

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Legarda: PHL Gov’t Must Ensure Justice for Jeffrey Laude

October 15, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the Philippine government must ensure that justice will be served in the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, allegedly by a US Marine, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.
“I call upon our law enforcers to exert all efforts towards ensuring that justice is served in connection with the violent death of Laude. The case should be pursued vigorously until the perpetrator of the crime is convicted and serves the full penalty,” Legarda […]

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Legarda Calls on LGUs to be Heritage Warriors, Renews Call Against Destruction of Heritage Structures

October 13, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today called on local government leaders and their respective offices to lead the preservation of the country’s heritage and do whatever they can to prevent the destruction of structures with historical and cultural significance.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, made the call as she expressed disappointment over continued disrespect for Philippine heritage with the destruction of many heritage buildings, bridges and similar structures.
“It is heartbreaking to hear news about a historical building or bridge […]

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Legarda Renews Call for LGUs to Implement 13-Year Old Solid Waste Law

October 10, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call for local government units (LGUs) to implement Republic Act No. 9003, The Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Law, which was enacted 13 years ago.
Legarda, principal author and sponsor of the law, lamented that many LGUs have yet to comply with the ESWM Law citing difficulties in implementation.
“It is always a challenge to implement a new law, but if we only take that first crucial step of actually trying to do it, maybe we […]

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Legarda pushes integration of environmental protection to dev’t plans, policies

October 8, 2014

MANILA, Oct. 7 (PNA) – Sen. Loren Legarda pushed on Tuesday for the integration of environmental protection in the development plans and policies of the government through environmental and natural resources accounting.
“Our ecosystems have been altered more rapidly in the name of development; but the poor have remained poor and their numbers are increasing notwithstanding the emergence of mega-cities and the increasing ‘GDPs’ of nations. This only underscores the need to establish accountability for environmental issues,” said Legarda during the […]

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Legarda Pushes for Environmental Accounting, Asks ‘Why Are We Poor Despite Our Natural Wealth?’

October 7, 2014

Stressing that 12 million Filipinos remain poor despite the Philippines being a megadiverse country, Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call to create a system of environmental and natural resources accounting to ensure that environmental considerations are integrated in development plans and policies of government.
“Our ecosystems have been altered more rapidly in the name of development; but the poor have remained poor and their numbers are increasing notwithstanding the emergence of megacities and the increasing ‘GDPs’ of nations. This […]

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Legarda on the Big One: Preparedness Will Lessen Casualties, Damages

October 3, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today stressed that preparedness will save many lives and lessen damage to properties should the Big One, or the projected 7.2-magnitude earthquake, happens in Metro Manila.
 
Legarda renewed her call during the Senate hearing for the proposed 2015 budget of the Department of National Defense (DND).
 
In response, the DND said they have been preparing for the Big One, particularly through the identification of open spaces for evacuation, conduct of safety drills and readying troops to respond.
 
“It is very […]

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WORST CASE SCENARIO | DND preparing for Intensity 9 quake in Metro Manila

October 3, 2014

MANILA – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Pio Catapang said Friday the Department of National Defense officials are now preparing for the worst-case scenario of an intensity 9 earthquake that could hit Metro Manila.
In an interview after defending the AFP’s 2015 budget, Catapang said they are now in the process of identifying places that could serve as evacuation centers, temporary shelters and offices for government agencies and other national security agencies.
They continue to conduct as […]

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Defense, disaster authorities quizzed on preparedness to face ‘Big One’

October 3, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Loren Legarda quizzed the Department of National Defense (DND) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Friday on their preparedness for a projected 7.2 magnitude earthquake that could happen in Metro Manila “anytime.”
“It is very important that the DND has been preparing for the ‘Big One’, but it is equally important that our citizens are prepared as well so that we can effectively minimize casualties and damages,” Legarda said during a Senate […]

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