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Legarda: Free the Nation from Poverty, Promote Human Capital Development

June 11, 2021

On the 123rd year celebration of the country’s independence, three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda said that Filipinos should continue to have a shared vision of protecting our hard-fought independence and, in the context of the present times, of fighting for freedom against poverty and vulnerability.

“We have won against oppression by colonial forces more than a century ago, but our people continue to suffer from many other forms of oppression. A true independent nation is a nation where people live in contentment without experiencing suffering, where everyone has access to fundamental socio-economic services, and where growth is inclusive and equitable,” Legarda said.

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Legarda Urges Filipinos to Break Free from Throw-Away Culture on Independence Day

June 11, 2021

On the 123rd year celebration of the country’s independence, three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda urges Filipinos to continue embodying a vision for freedom, this time from our throwaway culture as she called for unity in building a pollution-free environment.

“This Independence Day reminds us of how, more than a century ago, we were able to break free from the clutches of colonial oppression and inequality. The current generation, however, continues to wage war for freedom – from pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. We continue to live in a highly-polluted environment that has placed us in a cycle of disruption, disaster vulnerability, and poverty,” Legarda said.

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Legarda: Conservation of the coral reefs important in sustaining life and livelihood of Filipinos

June 9, 2021

In observance of the Coral Triangle Day today, three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda stressed the importance of conserving and preserving the country’s coral reefs to sustain the basic needs of Filipinos and promote livelihood.

“Beyond aesthetics, the degradation of coral reefs directly affects our daily lives, specifically our health, food supply, and livelihood. Thus, we have to continuously educate our people about its vital role in the continuity of life in the sea,” Legarda said.

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Legarda lauds Presidential Memorandum on Nurses’ Pay

June 8, 2021

Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda welcomed the issuance of the Memorandum from the Office of the President that reverts the July 2020 circular of the Department of Budget Management (DBM) calling for an increase in the salary for entry level nurses. Said circular, however, effectively demoted senior nurses to a lower salary grade.

“I am glad to hear that nurses will finally receive what is due them. Although the DBM Circular 2020-4 has provided a higher salary grade for entry-level nurses from Salary Grade (SG) 11 to Salary Grade (SG) 15, it adversely affected the employment status of long-serving senior nurses,” Legarda said.

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Legarda: “Restoration action is always local; success depends on how much action you are willing to take”

June 4, 2021

In celebration of World Environment Day with the theme Ecosystem Restoration, three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, a staunch advocate of environmental protection and preservation, and author of most of our environmental laws, joins the United Nations on its call to Reimagine. Recreate. Restore in order to prevent rapid degradation of the ecosystem.

“This planet that we call home has been ailing for quite some time, and we have to recognize that this pandemic is one of the obvious symptoms of the Earth’s declining health. Now, more than ever, is the time for us to take decisive action to address the dysfunctional relationship of humanity and nature. It is time to heed the warnings: do not eat what is not intended for human consumption, do not trade what should not be traded, do not overexploit the abundance of the ecosystem. We must relearn to coexist with nature for us to survive and not live in peril,” Legarda said.

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Statement of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda: International Day for Biological Biodiversity

May 22, 2021

We humans measure time based on our dreams and aspirations. We make decisions for ourselves and our children, thinking about 10 or 20 years hence. Those timelines are short in evolutionary terms, so our life paths would not immediately seem to be relevant to what happens to nature.

Sadly, these life paths chosen with such short timelines are what have driven us to the precipice.

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Legarda: Bring Culture closer to the people, reawaken citizens’ pride in the Filipino Culture

May 20, 2021

In celebration of the National Heritage Month with the theme “Victory And Humanity: Upholding Filipino Heritage and Identity,” three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda underscored the need to increase the level of cultural heritage awareness to preserve and protect our age-old knowledge, traditions, and practices that we inherited from our forefathers.

“Our culture as Filipino people is threatened by rapid scientific and technological advances. Some may take for granted anything that is considered ancient as we gratify ourselves with what is on-trend. I am happy to know that amid this globalization, there are young people who patronize the Filipino culture and promote the preservation of cultural heritage by supporting local artists, farmers, and communities. I happened to meet some of them not only in the 43rd episode of my Stories for a Better Normal with the topic, “Makati Poblacion: Empowering Local,” but also as I went around the country in the past decades,” Legarda shared.

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Legarda honors nurses on International Nurses Day

May 12, 2021

Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda today paid tribute to the unwavering dedication for service of nurses in commemoration of the International Nurses Day.
“Today, we join the international community in celebrating the International Nurses Day by giving honor and expressing our deep gratitude to our dedicated and hardworking nurses. Our nurses have been battling this unseen enemy that has claimed and vastly affected the lives of millions of people worldwide for more than a year. They have been suffering […]

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Legarda: Motherhood is an even greater challenge in the time of pandemic

May 7, 2021

Deputy Speaker and Representative of the Lone District of Antique, Loren Legarda, expressed her heartfelt greetings to all mothers, mothers at heart, and would-be mothers in celebration of this year’s Mothers’ Day on May 9, Sunday.
Legarda said that rearing a child is both a rewarding and a challenging experience for women, especially during the current health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that “the pandemic has affected our daily lives, disrupted people’s movements, and caused us […]

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Legarda calls for increased protection and support of journalists

May 3, 2021

In observance of the World Press Freedom Day today, three-term Senator and now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda, called for increased protection and support for journalists and media practitioners in the country, thus pushing for more responsive and effective efforts in protecting their rights and welfare.

“Freedom of the press is essential for democracy. It is the right of the people to be given truthful and timely information, especially in these trying times. Press freedom is equated to transparency which enables our people to engage in meaningful participation in public affairs. It also promotes accountability and curtails corruption, a long-standing obstacle to our country’s development,” Legarda said.

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