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Legarda Seeks to Expand Solo Parents Law

July 31, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda has proposed amendments to Republic Act No. 8972, or the Solo Parents Welfare Act, aimed at reducing financial burden carried by solo parents.

In filing Senate Bill No. 243, Legarda acknowledges the fact that even with the privileges provided for solo parents under the current law, additional support is needed by solo parents in the face of economic turmoil characterized by skyrocketing prices, poverty and massive unemployment.


Legarda Wants Mandatory PhilHealth Coverage for PWDs

July 30, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda has filed a measure that will mandate the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth to automatically enroll persons with disability (PWDs) in its health insurance program.

“Persons with disability have special healthcare needs and require more frequent visits to healthcare providers. Through this measure, we want to ensure that PWDs are covered by PhilHealth at no cost to them,” said Legarda.


Legarda Pushes for Creation of Housing Department

July 28, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda has filed a bill seeking to create the Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD) which aims to address the country’s housing needs and other related issues through an efficient and holistic national shelter program.

“The Philippine housing sector is replete with enormous challenges, spanning the issues of ever-increasing need for affordable housing provisions, limited access to housing finance, the need for more sustainable housing solutions, and the need to relocate families and households to safer grounds on account of increasing threats of disasters,” Legarda stressed.


Legarda Files Bill Against Racial, Religious and Gender Discrimination

July 27, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda has filed a bill seeking to prohibit discrimination, profiling, violence and all forms of intolerance against persons based on ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language and disability, amid the growing number of cases involving discriminatory acts in the Philippines.


Legarda Expresses Support for President Duterte’s 10-Point Economic Agenda

July 25, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed her support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s Ten-Point Economic Agenda and said that she has filed several proposed measures that would complement the President’s plan of action.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance in the 16th Congress, welcomed the administration’s pronouncement that it will maintain current macroeconomic policies.


Sen. Legarda’s Outfit at President Duterte’s 1st SONA

July 25, 2016

As a symbol of welcoming the new administration, Senator Loren Legarda’s outfit for President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address reflects simplicity and has cultural significance to Mindanao where the President hails from.

Legarda will wear a fuschia coat in silk with okir-inspired embroidery pattern. The okir is an indigenous design that is distinctly Maranao.


Sen. Legarda’s Outfit at Opening of 17th Congress

July 25, 2016

For the opening of the 17th Congress at the Senate in the morning, Senator Loren Legarda wears a cotton chambray coat with intricate embroidery of T’boli traditional patterns embroidered by T’bolis from Barangay Seloton, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. She is also wearing shoes made from Marikina.


Legarda Welcomes EO on FOI, Files Counterpart Bill

July 25, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda has filed anew the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) Act even as President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order (EO) that will provide the public full access to documents pertaining to government projects and related matters.


Legarda Pushes for Annual Salary Increase for Teachers

July 21, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda has filed a bill that seeks to provide more benefits and greater protection to teachers and non-teaching personnel in all levels of public and private schools, and state universities and colleges.

Senate Bill No. 36, known as the “Integrated Magna Carta of Teachers and Non-Teaching Personnel”, strengthens and amends certain provisions of Republic Act No. 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers, which was passed into law 50 years ago.


Legarda Calls for Collective Climate Action

July 20, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today called on the international community, the government and the public to strengthen collective and individual action in coping with and addressing the impacts of climate change.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, made the call during the Conversations Among Thought Leaders forum organized by the Brahma Kumaris Philippines Spiritual Foundation, Inc. with the theme “Building Resilience in Turbulent Times”.