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PH Legislators, CVF Ambassador and Deputy Speaker Legarda Urge Creation of CVF Parliamentary League

November 26, 2020

MANILA, 26 November 2020 — In the Inaugural Global Parliamentarians Meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) held yesterday, high level representation from the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives were united in the call for stronger engagement among lawmakers of 48 climate vulnerable countries in light of the climate crisis.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, and House Committee on Climate Change Chair and Bohol 1st District Representative […]

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Keynote Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda | Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Global Parliamentarians Meeting: “Parliamentarians of Climate Threatened Nations Championing Planetary Prosperity”

November 25, 2020

Excellencies,
Mr. BAN KI-MOON, Former United Nations Secretary-General;
Fellow CVF Ambassadors, MOHAMED NASHEED and SABER CHOWDHURY;
IPU Secretary-General MARTIN CHUNGONG;
Fellow Parliamentarians;
Partners,
Let me state this plainly. Hard-fought development gains and productivity will continue to be undermined, or worse, reversed, if our 1.5 global warming threshold is breached.
Just from October to this month, the Philippines was battered in succession by typhoons Ofel, Saudel, Molave, super typhoon Goni, tropical storm Atsani, Etau, and typhoon Vamco.
Typhoon Vamco alone has affected 4 million of our people. The damage […]

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Legarda Urges Creation of CVF Parliamentary League

November 25, 2020

House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda urged the creation of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Parliamentary League as a dedicated cooperation initiative of parliamentarians that will advance a common legislative agenda for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction in all facets of sustainable development pursuits.
Legarda made the statement during the Global Parliamentarians Meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), an international partnership of 48 countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet and serving as […]

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Privilege Speech of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda On Typhoon Ulysses November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

Mr. Speaker, distinguished colleagues in Congress:
I address this august chamber to speak on what I consider as the greatest humanitarian challenge of our lifetime, but one that has not been getting enough needed attention and action from all of us—the climate crisis.
Within the last month and just days apart from each other, three typhoons—Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses—hit provinces in the Luzon and Visayas regions. Based on the latest reports by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), these […]

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Legarda: Build a resilient recovery for the Philippines

November 25, 2020

MANILA, 25 November 2020 — House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda recommended stronger policy measures to help avert future loss and damage and ensure sustainable and resilient recovery, in light of the escalating climate-related disaster risks, compounded by factors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a privilege speech before the House plenary, Legarda said that the recent back-to-back typhoons that hit provinces in the Luzon and Visayas regions affected more than 6.7 million Filipinos and damaged over 35 billion pesos worth of […]

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Legarda: Efficient flood control and ecological solid waste management to prevent severe flooding

November 19, 2020

MANILA, 19 November 2020 — Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda urged national and local government leaders to adopt and implement efficient flood control management, ecological solid waste management, and localized early warning systems, to prevent severe flooding in Metro Manila and other low-lying areas in the country.
During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, the Marikina River rose up to 22 meters – higher than the 21.5–meter level reached during Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009 – submerging many areas of Metro Manila. Massive […]

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Legarda Seeks House Inquiry on Ulysses Floods, Enforcement of Environment and Climate Laws

November 18, 2020

House Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda today filed Resolution No. 1363 at the House of Representatives directing the House Subcommittee on the New Normal to conduct an inquiry on the massive flooding caused by typhoon Ulysses in relation to the enforcement of environmental, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction and management laws by government agencies and local government units (LGUs).
The resolution also seeks a review on protocols followed by dam operators to […]

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Transforming Food Supply Chain in 26th episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series

November 18, 2020

MANILA, 18 November 2020 — Small-scale agriculture advocates will gather virtually to underscore the importance of supporting small farmers, reducing food loss and waste, feeding the hungry, and keeping the local food supply chain functioning and resilient to shocks on the 26th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways” with the topic, “Transforming Supply Chain.”
The episode, hosted by House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at […]

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Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda Keynote Address Viva ExCon November 18, 2020/ 1:30 p.m.

November 18, 2020

At the outset, allow me to thank the organizers, who are gathered here today. Viva Excon is a Visayas-wide biennale, which has been running since 1990, and which seeks to provide a venue for meaningful interaction and dialogues for our talented artists, noted curators, scholars, students and arts and culture leaders and practitioners.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken us all by surprise, caused substantial economic and social impact on the arts sector affecting the operations of most, if not all, […]

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LEGARDA: Bolder and Urgent Climate Action After Typhoon Ulysses

November 18, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda called for bolder and urgent climate action in the wake of the massive devastation from Typhoon Ulysses throughout Metro Manila and Luzon, even as many communities were still reeling from the impacts of recent Supertyphoon Rolly and Typhoon Quinta.
“This is a stark reminder that climate change, which has been linked to the increased probability of extreme weather events, is a clear and present threat to our nation’s security. It is no […]

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