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Legarda: Aim for zero waste, implement ecological solid waste management law

July 9, 2015

SENATOR Lorna Regina “Loren” B. Legarda renewed her call for the strict implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Law, stressing that local government units (LGUs) should aim for zero waste.
In her keynote speech for the opening of the First National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition, Ms. Legarda, principal author of RA 9003, urged the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) to strengthen its efforts in ensuring compliance with the ESWM law.
“Encourage LGUs that compliance is […]

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Proper garbage disposal

July 9, 2015

“UNLESS we learn how to manage our waste, starting with proper garbage segregation and disposal, we will never be able to clean our waters and our communities,” warned Sen. Loren Legarda, a known Filipino environmentalist.
Of course, the warning is nothing new in the Philippines, which is reportedly the world’s third top contributor of plastic marine waste, next only to China and Indonesia.
Of the 275 million tons of plastic waste generated in 192 coastal countries throughout the world in 2010, plastic […]

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Legarda: Conservation of Protected Areas Vital in Climate Change Mitigation

July 8, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the conservation of the country’s protected areas is crucial in climate change adaptation and mitigation.
 
Legarda made the statement at hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, which she chairs, held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City, the lone proclaimed protected area in Metro Manila where the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) holds office.
 
“Protected areas can help protect vulnerable communities and reduce the impact […]

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Opening Statement on the Joint Hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and Environment and Natural Resources

July 8, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda’s Opening Statement
Joint Hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and Environment and Natural Resources
8 July 2015
 
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this joint hearing of the Senate Committees on Climate Change and Environment and Natural Resources.
 
I would like to thank all our resource persons as your insights will be very valuable as we seek to ways to improve the resilience of our ecosystems amidst the impacts of climate […]

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Legarda Lauds Dutch Court Ruling on Carbon Emission Targets

July 6, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda lauded the recent triumph of climate advocates as the Dutch court ordered its government to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent within five years to help protect its citizens from climate change.
“Nations have made pledges to cut their carbon emissions in international treaties but it is easy to make promises. This development shows that governments around the world have a legal obligation to their people when it comes to climate change mitigation.”
Reports stated that a court in […]

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Legarda Lauds SUCs in Cordillera for Indigenous Knowledge Documentation

July 6, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda lauded the schools and universities in the Cordillera Region for their work in documenting the region’s indigenous knowledge on agriculture and forest conservation systems.
 
During her recent visit to the Province of Ifugao, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Cultural Communities, Environment and Natural Resources, and Climate Change, led the launch of the coffee table book titled Guardians of the Forest, Stewards of the Land.
 
The project is a joint undertaking of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, the […]

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What are your thoughts on a possible earthquake?

July 5, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) already warned that the Marikina Valley Fault Line is ripe for movement but no one can predict the exact time it will move. A 2004 JICA study revealed that a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila could destroy 40 percent of residential buildings and 35 percent of all public buildings, and kill 34,000 and injure 114,000 people. Earthquakes do not kill, but unsafe structures do. We should evaluate and retrofit all […]

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Legarda Reminds: Increase Preparedness to Prevent Disasters

July 3, 2015

In observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, Senator Loren Legarda today reminded government authorities, communities and citizens to boost disaster resilience efforts and reiterated the need to shift from reactive efforts to proactive strategies in strengthening the country’s defenses against natural hazards and climate change.
“Most natural hazards turn into disasters because of the lack of preparedness. Preparation, not reaction, is the name of the game,” said Legarda, United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for […]

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Legarda Supports PHL Accession to Hague Convention on Interparental Child Abduction

July 1, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda expressed support to the Philippines’ accession to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction during her meeting with Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Senior Adviser for Children’s Issues of the US State Department.
The Hague Convention on Interparental Child Abduction aims to settle issues of child custody disputes between parents, especially when one parent brings the child out of his/her habitual residence without the consent of the other parent.
“For a child whose parents could no […]

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