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“Patronize local products, services, and businesses that preserve our cultural heritage” – Makati Poblacion entrepreneurs

April 30, 2021

MANILA, 30 April 2021 — Entrepreneurs of the trendy Poblacion area in Makati highlighted their collective efforts in making the district the urban center and bright spot of hope for arts, culture, and environmental sustainability during the 43rd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways,” with the topic, “Makati Poblacion: Empowering Local.”
The online conversation hosted by three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda featured young, creative entrepreneurs including Samantha Nicole Samonte, Programming Director […]

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A Rational and Just Approach to Restoration and Management April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

My warmest greetings to my fellow panelists and everyone at their workstations participating in this Webinar series on Forest and Landscape Restoration in the Philippines.
I think we are off to a great start, and I am very excited about how we can support the initiatives on forest and landscape restoration with legislation. Legislators play an important role in setting the pace and in advancing the rational use of the national patrimony.
      In my three terms in the Senate, we […]

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Empowering urban MSMEs in 43rd episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series

April 27, 2021

Empowering urban MSMEs in 43rd episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series
MANILA, 27 April 2021 — Entrepreneurs of the trendy Poblacion area in Makati will gather virtually to raise awareness on how local businesses are advancing environmental sustainability and preservation of cultural heritage on the 43rd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic, “Makati Poblacion: Empowering Local.”
The episode, hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on […]

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On Int’l Seeds Day, Legarda calls on Filipinos: save seeds for better food security, climate adaptation

April 27, 2021

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda called on Filipinos to return to the practice of seed saving to improve food security and spur climate change adaptation as the world observed International Seeds Day on Monday, April 26.
“Our observance of International Seeds Day is a timely reminder for Filipinos to return to the age-old practice of seed saving,” Legarda said.
Seed saving is the practice of saving seeds and reproductive material from plants like flowers, herbs, grains, vegetables, and tubers for future use, […]

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The climate pathway to recovery

April 24, 2021

This pandemic, the global crisis, and the successive disasters that we have experienced before allowed us to reflect on our actions that are seemingly at war with our environment. Now is the right time for us to tackle environmental degradation with urgency.

There’s an invisible tie that binds health and climate, recently seen in the unintended effect of the Covid-19 recovery package. As many of us were forced to stay home, and the steel mills practically ground to a halt, the environment rapidly improved in the slowing down of human activities. Around the world, air pollution is reduced, wildlife reclaimed some of their habitats.

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Speech on Parliamentary Webinar on Tackling the Climate Crisis: Transitioning to a Global Green Economy

April 22, 2021

My warmest greetings to my fellow legislators and parliamentarians from all over the world, to everyone from US-Asia Institute and Air Quality Asia, and everyone else joining this webinar on how legislators can lead the way in tackling the climate crisis and pushing for the transition to a global green economy.

 

I am looking forward particularly to the panel discussion later, and I am honored and happy to share insights and lessons from my own experience in the Philippines, where I have been working on these very issues in Congress since my first term as Senator in 1998.

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Legarda calls for bolder climate action for a resilient and sustainable pandemic recovery

April 22, 2021

As the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22, three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda called for bolder efforts on climate action amid the country’s ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This pandemic has brought irreversible change in our lives as we know it. With a population of more than 100 million, the national government is focusing on initiatives for economic recovery and vaccination rollout to achieve herd immunity. While the COVID-19 lockdowns have brought about fleeting improvements in greenhouse gas emissions and air quality, these efforts are not enough to reverse the effects of climate change in the country and globally,” Legarda said.

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Legarda: Ensure implementation of laws, translate national plans, policies into local action to enhance resilience

April 22, 2021

Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda called for greater solidarity, cooperation, and action in enhancing the country’s resilience in light of the intensifying effects of the climate crisis and the crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The massive scale of the climate crisis has never been more evident than today. We have to recognize that our planet is fast declining, as record highs of 2020 as the warmest year and the period 2011 to 2020 as the warmest decade on record, worsening effects of climate change, and economic shocks from this pandemic set us back to achieve our goals on sustainable and resilient development,” said Legarda, a three-term Senator who is also Global Champion for Resilience of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation.

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Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda: Earth Day 2021 Celebration

April 22, 2021

Today is Earth Day, and we are celebrating it at a precarious time when we are witnessing a massive decline in the health of our ecosystems, biodiversity, and natural resources.

The climate crisis, the state of our plastic pollution, the magnitude of environmental degradation, the crippling pandemic—we need to acknowledge this hard truth: we humans are causing all of this.

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Heal the world on Earth Day

April 21, 2021

The Earth needs healing. 

This does not only pertain to the current situation we’re in — a global fight against an invisible virus as the world must likewise be assuaged from the threat of climate change and environmental destruction. 

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