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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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We must be prepared for a big quake

January 17, 2010

IN THE WAKE OF THE WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION CAUSED BY A MAGNITUDE 7 EARTHQUAKE IN THE CENTRAL AMERICAN NATION OF HAITI, I AM RENEWING MY CALL FOR THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE FIRM MEASURES TO COPE WITH AN EQUALLY POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD PROVE CATASTROPHIC AND CAUSE LOSS OF MANY LIVES AND EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
As United Nation’s Asia Pacific champion for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, I extend my deepest sympathies to the people of Haiti for […]

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Early action vs disaster is key to saving lives – Loren

January 15, 2010

IN LIGHT OF THE MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE THAT DEVASTATED HAITI, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THAT EARLY ACTION ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IS KEY TO PREVENTING SEVERE LOSS OF LIFE DUE TO NATURAL CALAMITIES. IN LIGHT OF THE MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE THAT DEVASTATED HAITI, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THAT EARLY ACTION ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IS KEY TO PREVENTING SEVERE LOSS OF LIFE DUE TO NATURAL CALAMITIES.
“If there is something we should learn from the Haiti tragedy, it is thatthe Philippines, in […]

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Loren: Expedite search for missing Filipinos in Haiti

January 15, 2010

AFTER THE DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI THAT KILLED ALMOST 500,000, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO EXPEDITE THE SEARCH FOR MISSING FILIPINOS IN THE WAR-TORN, DISASTER-STRICKEN COUNTRY.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims and their families, and I call on the DFA to move fast, find out the whereabouts of all the Filipinos in Haiti and ensure their welfare,” said Loren.
There are almost 500 members of the Filipino community in Haiti, who […]

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Loren urges full dev’t of coco industry

January 14, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD, URGED LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) IN LAGUNA TO CONTINUE IN ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP THE COCONUT INDUSTRY WHICH IS THE MAJOR ECONOMIC MOVER IN THE REGION.
Loren aired the call as the City of San Pablo celebrates a weeklong festival called The Coco Festival. The week-long festivity is held to promote the city’s main produce – the coconut.
“I urge the LGU to continue its eco-tourism […]

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Haiti aftermath: Loren calls for safer buildings

January 14, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS AGAINST EARTHQUAKES IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STRONG TEMBLOR THAT ROCKED HAITI AND CAUSED WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION AND LOSS OF LIVES IN THE CENTRAL AMERICA NATION.
“Hospitals and other health facilities are critical public infrastructures especially when disaster strikes and victims need emergency services and medical care. Therefore, they should be disaster-proof and disaster-resilient,” said Loren, the chairperson of the Senate committee on demography and health.
“The […]

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