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Gear up for possible water crisis – Loren

January 21, 2010

AFTER THE MANILA WATER CO. WARNED RECENTLY THAT WATER LEVELS HAVE DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE ANGAT DAM WITH THE EL NINO PHENOMENON SHOWING EARLY SIGNS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE DENR AND THE DA TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS FOR THE REHABILITATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PROTECTION OF WATERSHEDS.
“Government must now pursue urgent measures, including comprehensive watershed management, enhancement of irrigation efficiency, introduction of low water use crops and efficient farming practices, recycling of water and improvement of monitoring and forecasting systems […]

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Loren lauds Cebu tourism

January 21, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY LAUDED CEBU’S TOURISM PROGRAM AS ONE THAT SHOULD BE EMULATED BY OTHER REGIONS AND PROVINCES IN THE COUNTRY TO STIMULATE TOURISM AS A MEANS FOR RAISING LOCAL INCOMES AND ATTRACTING INVESTMENTS.
Loren made the observation while participating in the Suroy Suroy Sugbu, consisting of a tour of Cebu’s historical, cultural and natural attraction sites of interest to domestic and foreign tourists.
Loren said that the tour, led by Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, was “very educational, culturally […]

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Sinulog draws 8M people and politicians, too

January 21, 2010

CEBU CITY- FOR A FESTIVAL CREATED TO RIVAL OTHER FESTIVALS AROUND THE COUNTRY, THE SINULOG FESTIVAL HAS COME A LONG WAY THIS YEAR AS IT ATTRACTED UP TO 8 MILLION PEOPLE ON SUNDAY, ACCORDING TO POLICE.
Police made the crowd estimate, saying the figure included the number of people who were on the parade route, spectators inside the Cebu City Sports Center grandstand and the Basilica del Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center.
“It was record-breaking,” said Vice Mayor Michael Rama, Sinulog […]

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Lack of support for agriculture cause of RP hunger – Legarda

January 21, 2010

IN LIGHT OF THE INCREASING HUNGER RATE IN THE COUNTRY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR STRONGER SUPPORT FOR OUR COUNTRY’S AGRICULTURE TO AVERT A POSSIBLE FOOD CRISIS AND COMBAT HUNGER IN THE PHILIPPINES.
“The Social Weather Stations showed that there is an increase of 24 percent of Filipinos who suffer from hunger. This means that 4.4 million households or approximately 20 million Filipinos did not have enough to eat in the past year. To me, this is both […]

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Loren hails passage of expanded senior citizens act

January 20, 2010

“AS THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, I AM JUSTIFIABLY HAPPY THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SEEN IT FIT TO PASS THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION,” SAID LOREN.
“As the principal author of this bill, I am justifiably happy that my colleagues have seen it fit to pass this important piece of legislation,” said Loren.
“Our senior citizens deserve more than what they are getting under the existing Senior Citizens Act. The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009 gives them a […]

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I’ll help achieve peace in Mindanao – Loren

January 19, 2010

AMID OPTIMISM BY MALACAÑANG THAT A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH THE MORO ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT CAN STILL BE SIGNED BEFORE PRESIDENT ARROYO’S TERM EXPIRES IN JUNE, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS EXPRESSED STRONG RESERVATIONS OVER THE PROSPECT OF AN EARLY RESOLUTION OF THE MINDANAO CONFLICT AND WANTS THE NEXT ADMINISTRATIONS TO SPEED UP THE PEACE PROCESS.
“While I welcome the resumption of formal peace talks in Kuala Lumpur between the government and the two sides, I seriously doubt whether they can come […]

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Improve agriculture to curb hunger – Loren

January 19, 2010

THE GOVERNMENT MUST ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN ORDER TO STOP AND REVERSE THE SPREAD OF HUNGER AMONG FILIPINOS, SAID SEN. LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOOD AND AGRICULTURE.
She blamed graft and corruption and inefficiency for the failure of the government to properly implement laws promoting agriculture, such as the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA).
Loren cited reports of the Commission on Audit that indicate “that a lot of graft happens during the implementation […]

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Slashed PDAF may find way into admin’s election kitty – Loren

January 18, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA QUESTIONED TODAY PRESIDENT ARROYO AS TO WHERE THE CUTS IN THE PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FUND (PDAF) OF THE PROPOSED P1.51 TRILLION 2010 NATIONAL BUDGET WILL GO.
“I am hoping that the cuts will not find themselves into the campaign kitty or the war chest of the administration candidates in the May elections,” said Loren.
“We must be vigilant against any juggling of funds. We cannot allow hard-earned taxpayers’ money to be used to get administration bets elected,” […]

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Let’s mobilize more aid for Haiti – Loren

January 18, 2010

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE MAGNITUDE 7 EARTHQUAKE THAT HIT HAITI RECENTLY AND MAY HAVE CAUSED AS MANY AS 200,000 FATALITIES, SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY APPEALED FOR MORE AID TO THE DISASTER-STRICKEN CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRY.
Loren, who is United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia-Pacific, said that Haiti “needs all the help it can get to rebuild lives and restore normalcy.”
Loren made the appeal as the Philippine government prepared to dispatch a 21-member […]

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We must avert a water crisis – Loren

January 17, 2010

THE COUNTRY MAY BE BLESSED WITH ABUNDANT WATER AT THIS TIME, BUT WE FACE AN ACUTE WATER CRISIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE IF WE DO NOT CONSERVE THIS VITAL RESOURCE, ACCORDING TO SEN. LOREN LEGARDA.
Loren pointed out: “Water stress, amplified by climate change, will create a growing security challenge. The changing climate will adversely affect the country’s watersheds and the population of around 24 million, the forests and their biodiversity, as well as 1.5 million of agricultural lands dependent […]

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