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Legarda Files Resolution Declaring Climate and Environmental Emergency

February 27, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda on February 17 filed a resolution at the House of Representatives urging the declaration of a climate and environmental emergency and ensuring enhanced and coherent climate actions in the executive and legislative agenda of the government.

Titled “A Resolution Declaring a Climate Emergency and Environmental Emergency and Calling for the Mobilization of Government Agencies and Instrumentalities and Local Government Units towards the Effective Implementation of Environmental, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law in light of the Global Climate and Environmental Emergency,” House Resolution No. 724 supports the earlier call for the declaration of climate emergency by the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE), an advisory body of the Climate Change Commission (CCC).


Legarda lauds DENR Ban on Single Use Plastics

February 27, 2020

Nineteen years after the passage of RA 9003, the National Solid Waste Management Commission issued a resolution directing DENR to prepare and implement specific guidelines that would ban single use plastics in all offices of government.

The Philippines holds the dubious distinction of being the third biggest contributor of plastic pollution in the ocean, a conclusion of a study of 192 countries and unless the quality of waste management and implementation of RA 9003 increases in a meaningful way, we would be responsible for much more in the coming years.


Legarda Pushes for a “Low Carbon Economy” Policy

February 27, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda pushes for the promotion of “low carbon economy” through House Bill (HB) No. 2184, which she filed on July 16, 2019 at the House of Representatives.

The bill aims to establish a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emission cap-and-trade system in the industrial and commercial sector.


Legarda supports Daang Dokyu

February 21, 2020

In commemoration of the 100 years of Philippine Cinema, Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, in partnership with National Commission for Culture and the Arts, University of the Philippines Film Institute, and Probe Media Foundation will showcase Daang Dokyu, the first of its kind documentary festival that is commemorative and non-competitive, to be held this March 16-21, 2020 at the Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute, Diliman, Quezon City.


Legarda Lauds Passage of New Antique Ordinance Banning New Coal-Fired Power Plant

February 20, 2020

Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda commended the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of her home province of Antique for approving an ordinance banning the establishment of a new coal-fired power plant in the province.

As the representative of the Lone District of Antique, Legarda said that the provincial ordinance will help the province reduce harmful emissions and pursue resilient and sustainable development while protecting the environment and safeguarding the health of all Antiqueños.


Legarda urges strong wildlife trade regulation to halt future public health crises

February 19, 2020

QUEZON CITY, 19 February 2020 – Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda highlighted the possible connection between unsustainable use of wildlife for food and the COVID-19 in her privilege speech on Monday, 17 February.

The COVID-19, or the coronavirus disease 2019, a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December last year, has infected more than 49,000 people in 28 countries and territories around the world and has claimed the lives of more than a thousand people, including a Chinese national who died here in Manila.


Privilege Speech of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda On COVID-19 and Biodiversity Conservation

February 17, 2020

We are living our days in fear of even casual contact with each other. Events have been canceled, travel plans changed, the public’s attention consumed by a threat that the world has just woken up to: the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) — a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December last year.  The latest news reports indicated that the World Health Organization (WHO) has already given this virus an official name:  COVID-19.


Legarda: Global Climate Risk Index Underscores Need to Scale Up PH Adaptation

February 6, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda today said that the Philippines’ ranking in the Global Climate Risk Index 2020[1] released by the Germanwatch organization, further reveals the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and underscores the need to accelerate and strengthen adaptation measures, especially at the community level.

Legarda said that the report analyzes the extent countries have been affected by impacts of weather-related events, such as storms, floods, and heatwaves, for the year 2018 and for a twenty-year period from 1999 to 2018.