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Climate Defenders highlight important interventions for global climate conference

February 26, 2021

Some of the country’s top ‘Climate Defenders’ attended recently a meeting convened by the British Embassy in Manila in preparation for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26 in November this year.
Among those at the meeting hosted by British Ambassador Daniel Pruce were three-term Senator and now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno represented by Managing Director Lyn Javier, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Executive Director Theresa Mundita Lim, Oscar M. Lopez Center Executive […]

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Legarda underscores mandate to provide quality healthcare services, adequate health workforce under Universal Health Care Act

February 25, 2021

Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda reminded today that the full implementation of the Universal Health Care Act mandates the regulation of the country’s health facilities and services and the support given to the healthcare workforce to enhance their capability to attend to the needs of the Filipino people.

“Now is the time, more than any other, when people require easy access to quality and affordable health care programs and services due to them. Two years after the approval of the Universal Health Care Act of 2019, many Filipinos are still in despair trying to gain access to the assistance intended for them and some are still suffering from the inequity in our healthcare system,” Legarda said.

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Legarda: Support agriculture, promote urban farming to alleviate malnutrition, improve food security

February 24, 2021

“In the 2020 fourth quarter survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in November, an estimated 4 million families experienced involuntary hunger or hunger due to lack of food to eat. This record gave us some relief because the previous survey results in September 2020 indicated 7.6 million affected families. However, the statistics is still alarming knowing that there are still 4 million families out there who do not have adequate food on their table,” Legarda said.

“Our country is abundant with natural resources if only we know how to source and utilize these properly. We have to provide our people with the kind of support that will have long-term effects to effectively reduce, if not eliminate, hunger and malnutrition in the country. Let us achieve food security through stronger support for agriculture and the promotion of urban farming,” Legarda said.

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Legarda Hails Approval of Emergency Vaccine Procurement Bill on Third Reading

February 23, 2021

“Let us not prolong the agony of our people and help them have safer everyday life. We are in the midst of a pandemic and we cannot disregard the right of our people to have access to the COVID-19 vaccines that will not only save lives, but, will also save the country’s struggling economy,”Legarda concluded.

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Legarda, Experts Call for Science-based Governance as PH makes Headway in Climate Action but fails in other SDGs

February 23, 2021

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, speaking at the first session of the Future Earth Philippines Regional Workshop for Visayas today, called for stronger science-based governance as the Philippines remains on track in Climate Action under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, but could be failing in its pursuit of other SDGs.
“We need to undertake science-based and risk-informed action and investment planning. This is crucial for all our local government units (LGUs) that are at the forefront of the preparation and implementation […]

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Keynote Speech of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda Representative, Lone District of Antique House of Representatives VISAYAS REGIONAL FUTURE EARTH COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION WORKSHOP 23 February 2021 Zoom Digital Meeting Platform

February 23, 2021

Good day, everyone. Isang luntiang Pilipinas sa inyong lahat!
Thank you to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) for organizing this Future Earth Philippines Regional Workshop for Visayas and for this honor to be part of this important event.
My warmest appreciation to all of you here today—to our national agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges (SUCs), private higher education institutions (HEIs), […]

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Legarda stressed need for stronger flood mitigation measures

February 22, 2021

“The country urgently needs effective and enduring flood mitigation measures to address its flood problem. The incessant heavy rains and the resulting floods not only affect the marginalized and vulnerable communities, but also businesses, government operations, trade and industry, the agriculture sector, and fisherfolk who would not be able to scour the seas for a bountiful catch due to the bad weather,” Legarda said.

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Legarda: Gov’t, LGUs must promote disaster preparedness to achieve zero casualty from severe tropical storm Auring

February 19, 2021

Former three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda today said that the national government, local government units (LGUs), including barangay officials, should already have conducted massive information dissemination campaign, in coordination with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), on the strength of the tropical cyclone and prepare the community evacuation plan as “Auring” intensifies into a severe tropical storm.

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“Protect our local weaving industry” – IP weavers, advocates

February 18, 2021

MANILA, 18 February 2021 — House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, together with resource speakers, highlighted the protection of indigenous peoples’ weaves and traditional cultural heritage against counterfeit and exploitation during the 35th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways,” with the topic, “Protect Indigenous Weaving!” shown via Facebook Live.
Indigenous weavers, advocates, and representatives from the government joined the online conversation, including Virginia Doligas, General Manager of Easter Weaving Room, Inc.; Anya Lim, Co-Founder […]

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Loren: IPs and local communities need stronger protection for their intellectual and traditional property rights

February 18, 2021

The 35th episode of the Stories for a Better Normal, hosted by three-term Senator now deputy speaker Loren Legarda, highlighted the need for stronger protection for intellectual and traditional property rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. The episode also promoted the appreciation for traditional and ecosystem-based livelihoods with the support of indigenous weaving advocates and national government agencies.
The online conversation was participated in by Virginia Doligas, general manager of Easter Weaving Room Inc.; Anya Lim, co-founder of ANTHILL Fabric […]

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