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Legarda Calls for ENIPAS Bill Passage in House

January 27, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call for the immediate passage of the proposed Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2015 (ENIPAS), which will strengthen conservation of close to a hundred protected areas in the country.

The Senate has approved the bill on third and final reading in July 2015 but the counterpart measure in the House of Representatives is yet to be passed.


Legarda Supports PHL Accession to Hague Convention on International Child Abduction

January 26, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed support to the Philippines’ accession to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Legarda, Chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, made the statement during the hearing on the convention, which aims to settle issues of parental child abduction by providing a system of cooperation among countries in case one parent brings the child out of his/her habitual residence without the consent of the other parent.


Statement of Senator Legarda on The One Billion Cut on the 2016 Family Planning and Responsible Parenting Program

January 26, 2016

Statement of Senator Loren Legarda
Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance
“The One Billion Cut on the 2016 Family Planning and
Responsible Parenting Program”
This is in relation to the issue on the Department of Health (DOH) budget and to provide enlightenment on the One Billion Pesos cut imposed on the Family Health and Responsible Parenting or the FHRP program of the DOH for 2016, which includes the budget for family planning commodities.
First things first. Although the […]


Opening Statement: Hearing on the Proposed Batanes Responsible Tourism Act (H.B. No. 6152)

January 25, 2016

Opening Statement
Committee on Environment & Natural Resources
Hearing on the Proposed Batanes Responsible Tourism Act (H.B. No. 6152)
25 January 2016
Good morning and welcome to today’s public hearing of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on House Bill No. 6152 concerning the declaration of the Province of Batanes as a responsible, community-based, cultural heritage and ecotourism zone.
The Province of Batanes is teeming with natural resources and boasts of unique flora and […]


Legarda Hopes For Stricter Implementation of 15-Year Old Solid Waste Law

January 23, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today said that she sees stricter implementation of Republic Act No. 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Law, due to stronger funding support and the ongoing investigation of the Ombudsman on non-compliant local government units (LGUs).

Legarda, principal author and sponsor of the law, made the statement in line with the upcoming 15th anniversary of the ESWM Act on January 26.


Legarda: We Need To Halt Global Warming Now

January 22, 2016

“We are experiencing continuous warming of the Earth’s temperature and we must do something about it—to adapt and mitigate. We need to halt global warming now, otherwise, our children will no longer be able to bear the heat,” said Senator Loren Legarda in reaction to reports that 2015 was Earth’s hottest year on record.


Legarda: SUCs Received Higher Funding For Research Programs & Infrastructure Dev’t

January 20, 2016

Recognizing the vital role of education in nation building and economic development, Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, said they have augmented the budget of state universities and colleges (SUCs) to support research programs and infrastructure building and to ensure the continuous upgrade of the country’s education system.


PH’s First UN Global Champion for Resilience Says: We Need to Work Double Time for DRR

January 19, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today said that even with the increased awareness of people on the issues of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA), the Philippines as a nation and the whole world must work double time to improve resilience.
Legarda made the statement during the conferment of her appointment as Global Champion for Resilience by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The certificate of appointment was given to the Senator by Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, outgoing […]


Senate Commends Former UNISDR Head

January 19, 2016

The Senate on Tuesday, 19 January 2016, adopted Senator Loren Legarda’s Proposed Senate Resolution No. 1700 commending Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, who recently concluded her term as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The Senate honored Wahlstrom for her invaluable role in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in international development frameworks and supporting the implementation of key disaster risk reduction and management programs in the Philippines.

Legarda said, “Ms. Wahlstrom has remained consistent in advocating for disaster risk reduction and management policies to reduce losses for countries which are vulnerable to natural hazards and climate change impacts, particularly in the Philippines where her engagement with parliamentarian champions supported the strong legislative framework embodied in the Climate Change Act of 2009 and the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010, which she has often cited as model legislation.”

In her capacity as head of the UNISDR, Wahlstrom served as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster risk reduction efforts and providing institutional support for the implementation of the 10-year plan called the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 which aimed to build resilience of communities against natural hazards, and its successor, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which sets priorities for action and clear actionable targets for reducing disaster risk and disaster losses.

“Margareta’s advocacy on topics such as safe schools and hospitals engaged the Department of Education and local governments on school safety assessment, disaster risk reduction in education and preparedness in schools; and her engagement with the private sector resulted in the launch in the Philippines of the Risk Sensitive Societies (ARISE) with now more than 20 companies as members sharing best practices on improving business continuity planning, public and private partnerships for pre-disaster planning, and disaster risk education for the private sector,” Legarda added.

Wahlstrom has likewise systematically engaged with communities at risk with particular focus given to a different group each year since 2008 – starting with children and youth, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly and indigenous people, resulting in a stronger voice for these groups from the Philippines in various global fora and policy-making processes.


Statement of Senator Loren Legarda Chair, Senate Committee on Finance

January 14, 2016

“The whole budgetary process was done in the most transparent and inclusive manner. The bicameral conference committee proposed changes which were contained in the bicameral report that the Senate ratified as a body and thus carried in the General Appropriations Act.

“The Department of Health (DOH) Family Health and Responsible Parenting (FHRP) program has an allocation of P2.2 Billion in 2016 and more than P1.2 Billion in the last quarter of 2015 to be implemented in 2016. There are also projected savings of P8.8 Billion which can be used.