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Legarda Promoted to Colonel

March 9, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda has been promoted to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force (Reserve), following the consent of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to her nomination last March 7.

Legarda, a three-term senator who chairs the Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations and Climate Change, was nominated for promotion to the rank of Colonel after completing her Command and General Staff Course under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFP-CGSC) in December last year.

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Kultura ng Pananahan in 4th Episode of Buhay na Buhay

March 9, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda enjoins the public to watch the fourth episode of Buhay na Buhay, featuringKultura ng Pananahan (Devotion to the Home and Family), on Saturday, March 10, 5:45pm, on GMA News TV.

“This episode talks about a culture where family is the ‘bedrock of existence’ and the home is the ‘haven of rest.’ The value of family togetherness is highlighted,” said Legarda.

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Legarda Joins Calls to #PressforProgress on Gender Parity

March 7, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda joined the call to #PressforProgress on gender parity, which is the theme of this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), and said that the Philippines can lead the global effort to achieve gender equality and women empowerment.

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Lawmakers want charges filed vs local officials, firms over Boracay mess

March 7, 2018

Three days after they began their probe, senators on Sunday said that they want to file criminal charges against local officials and business owners liable for the pollution in the famous Boracay island resort.

According to their onsite hearing last Friday, Senators Cynthia Villar and Loren Legarda said it was obvious that there were violations of environmental laws, and government officials failed to impose it as they were unable to maintain a clean environment in Boracay.

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Legarda Hails Report ‘PH Best Country to Invest In’

March 6, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today said she sees a more robust economy and better opportunities for Filipinos with more investments coming in the country, citing a report that the Philippines is No. 1 among the best countries to invest in.

In a report published on the website of Business Insider, the Philippines ranked first among the “The 20 best countries to invest in now.”[1] The report cited a ranking released by US News in February placing the Philippines on the No. 1 spot stating that, “In contrast to declining inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the Southeast Asia as a whole, the Philippines continued to perform well, according to United Nations data.”[2]

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Legarda: First 1,000 Days Bill Critical in Infant, Child Mortality

March 6, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today hailed the Senate’s approval on third reading of the proposed measure that will improve the health and life expectancy of Filipino children by giving prime concern on the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life.

Legarda, co-author of Senate Bill No. 1537 or “The Healthy Nanay and Bulilit Act,” said that the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life, which covers the nine months of a mother’s pregnancy until a child’s second birthday, is the foundation of a person’s future health, intellectual development, and motor and social skills.

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Legarda: Senate Concurs in Ratification of Free Trade Agreement with EFTA, 7 Maritime-Related Treaties

March 6, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today said that the Senate has unanimously concurred in the ratification of the Philippines’ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States, and acceded to seven maritime-related treaties.

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Senate ratifies free trade accord with EFTA states

March 6, 2018

Legarda, who sponsored the PH-EFTA FTA in plenary, stressed that the agreement was negotiated only with the promotion of fair economic cooperation in mind — one that will enable a business environment conducive for investments and provide opportunities for producers, consumers, and service suppliers alike.

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Senate concurs with ratified free trade agreement with European states

March 6, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, sponsor of Senate Resolution No. 647, said the measure concurs with the ratification of the FTA between the Philippines and the EFTA states. The resolution was approved with 19 votes, zero negative vote, and no abstention.

“Entering into an FTA with EFTA is part of the country’s strategy to gain a stronger foothold in the European market,” said Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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PH now a member of Budapest convention on Cybercrime

March 6, 2018

According to Senate foreign relations committee chair Loren Legarda, the Convention remains as the “sole binding international legal mechanism” adopted by countries against cybercrime and is also crucial in fighting child pornography.

“This treaty is very important to protect our people from cybercrime especially since the country is the number one haven for those committing child pornography,” Legarda said in a statement.

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