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Legarda appointed CVF Ambassador for Parliaments, Vows to Rally for Collective Climate Action through the Creation of a Parliamentary Union Among Vulnerable Countries

September 11, 2020

Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda was recently appointed by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) as its ambassador for parliaments, together with H.E. Mohamad Nasheed of the Maldives (ambassador for ambition), Kathy Jetnil- Kijiner, Climate Envoy of the Marshall Islands (ambassador for culture), H.E. Rocio Aguilar, Former Minister of Finance of Costa Rica (ambassador for finance), Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Founder, LDC, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of Congo (ambassador for renewable energy) and Saima […]


Legarda seeks P30-Billion in Bridge Fund, Tax, Rent Relief for Restaurants, Workers

September 11, 2020

As the restaurant industry is now in dire crisis, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda proposed a piece of legislation to help owners and thousands of employees survive the pandemic.
Legarda filed House Bill No. 7610 which seeks to provide what she called a P30-billion “bridge fund” for restaurants and a host of tax incentives and rent-payment extension schemes of up to 24 months to provide owners and their workers relief to cope with the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legarda’s […]


Plant Doctors in 17th Episode of “Stories for a Better Normal” Series

September 9, 2020

For the 17th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “The Plant Doctors Are In!” plant pathologists, entomologists, and foresters will discuss the importance of plant health in promoting biodiversity, sustainable food production, and healthier ecosystems.
This episode is in celebration of the International Year of Plant Health declared by the United Nations. Hosted by House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, it will air on Thursday, 10 September 2020, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live […]


Legarda Renews Call to Mainstream Innovation in Government Programs through the Philippine Innovation Act

September 8, 2020

“Innovation is the key that will drive the Philippines not only to achieving inclusive growth and development, but also to becoming one of the innovation leaders in Asia. In the 2020 Global Innovation Index ranking released by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Philippines ranked 50th among 131 countries and ranked 11th among 17 economies in Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania.[1] This is already an improvement from our overall ranking at 54th last year,” Legarda said.


Legarda Continues to Boost Antique Weaving Traditions, Encourages Local Government to Support Weaving Communities

September 7, 2020

Recognizing the significance of weaving traditions to preserve the history of Antique, cultivate traditional knowledge and artistry, generate income and create opportunities for the Antiqueños, Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda continues to invest invaluable support to the weaving communities of her home province and encourages government agencies to support such initiatives to boost the local textile industry.


Make Reading a Habit this Pandemic and Beyond – Filipino Authors, Climate Storytellers

September 4, 2020

Filipino authors, book publishers, and climate and environment storytellers encouraged citizens to read more during this time of COVID-19 pandemic, during the 16th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways,” with the topic on “Risk To Resilience: Narrating Our Story Through Books.”
The online conversation, hosted weekly by House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, featured local book industry experts and advocates, including Ms. Karina Bolasco, Vice Chair for External Affairs of the Book Development Association of the Philippines […]


Risk to Resilience: Narrating Our Story through Books in 16th Episode of “Stories for a Better Normal” Series

September 2, 2020

For the 16th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “Risk to Resilience: Narrating Our Story through Books,” publishers, writers, and storytellers will gather to impart knowledge on environment and climate change issues, and narrate stories of Filipino people’s resilience in the face of adversities to inspire behavioral change and action.
The episode, hosted by House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 3 September 2020, at 10:00 AM via Facebook Live […]


Legarda encourages MSMEs to avail of SBCorp’s CARES Program

September 1, 2020

“MSMEs play a vital role in generating employment opportunities and better income throughout the country especially in poor and rural communities. Comprising 99.52% of all the businesses in the Philippines, MSMEs have suffered from the overall impact of the pandemic due to both the decline in business operations and customer demands. This SBCorp CARES program is therefore a big help for them to revive their operations and ensure their business continuity,” Legarda said.


Legarda Honors Frontliners on National Heroes’ Day

August 31, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda today paid tribute to the country’s modern-day heroes in commemoration of the National Heroes’ Day.

“I salute our country’s frontliners for their sacrifices and unparalleled contribution in our fight against COVID-19. They are our health workers, policemen and members of the armed forces, the utility staff, supermarket staff, food and cargo delivery drivers, fisherfolk and farmers, market vendors, journalists, and government employees who are courageously performing their duties to provide the essential services that we need in these trying times,” Legarda said.


Rediscover sustainable practices ingrained in our local traditions

August 28, 2020

Young sustainability advocates shared traditional, home-based practices of thriftiness, consuming less, and reducing wastage, and encouraged younger generations of Filipinos to rediscover knowledge embedded in our own culture, during the 15th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways” with the topic “Practical Sustainability.”
The online conversation hosted by House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda featured resource persons Ms. Carol Malasig, journalist and content writer of the blog ‘Almost Diplomatic’; Ms. Niña Opida and Mr. Josef Werker, co-founders of […]