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Failing to limit global warming will make dev’t goals unattainable

November 17, 2016

Climate change poses an existential threat to vulnerable countries around the world. Inaction in the face of worsening climate shocks risks moving development goals beyond our reach. Tackling climate change on the other hand presents opportunities. The case for highly ambitious efforts on climate change is now so compelling that addressing global warming is no longer about burden sharing on emission cuts. It is now about securing the most benefits by taking action.


Senate resumes plenary scrutiny of P3.35-trillion 2017 budget bill

November 15, 2016

SENATORS on Tuesday resumed marathon plenary deliberations on the P3.350-trillion 2017 national budget bill submitted by the Duterte administration to Congress.

Taking turns interpellating Sen. Loren Legarda on her budget sponsorship speech, the senators sought clarifications of the Senate Committee on Finance chairman’s report on the annual funding allocations, listing programmed appropriations at P2,431,986,952,000 and unprogrammed appropriations at P65,100,000,000.


Legarda: 2017 Budget Will Help Deliver Change Filipinos Want

November 15, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda said that the proposed 2017 National Budget worth P3.350 trillion will help deliver the change that Filipinos want.

“Our proposed 2017 budget sets bold plans to meet not just today’s needs, but one that looks beyond 2017, one that contributes to delivering long-term solutions to the country’s long-term problems,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, during her sponsorship speech on the proposed 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA).


Sen. Loren Legarda hosts ‘Dayaw,’ underscores culture as key to nation-building

November 3, 2016

Senator Loren with various indigenous peoples group during the National Indigenous Peoples Cultural Summit she organized at the National Museum

There are people who consider the idea of preserving culture pointless, deeming it unnecessary in a materialistic world.


How PH can have Gross National Happiness, too

November 1, 2016

The pursuit of happiness makes one unhappy, because happiness exists not in tangible measurements, but in serving others, living with one’s values and honoring the role of nature in daily life.
Dr. Saamdu Chetri, executive director of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) Center, recently talked to Filipino policy-makers and noted that countries consider economic indicators like gross national product (GNP) and gross domestic product (GDP) as yardsticks of development.
Bhutan, one of the least developed countries in the world, shrugs off these […]


Fantastic, frenetic Frankfurt

October 31, 2016

I’ve been to mammoth meetings before — the Modern Languages Association in Chicago, MacWorld in San Francisco, Comic-Con in San Diego, for instance — but nothing comes close to the Frankfurt Book Fair in size and scope. Covering over 10 hectares of exhibition space spread out over several buildings and many floors, it’s certainly the world’s biggest and best-known book fair, gathering participants from nearly 200 countries.


What a difference gov’t subsidy makes

October 29, 2016

The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF, or Buchmesse) is behind us now, having ended six days ago. But what a specially significant event this year’s participation of the Philippines was, only the second consecutive year that its publishing industry managed to do so.


Watch out for ‘Dayaw’

October 24, 2016

his Nov. 3, ANC and NCCA are bringing back “Dayaw,” a six-part, 30-minute weekly documentary series that promotes the preservation of the country’s culture and heritage.

Anchored and conceptualized by Legarda, the program aims to showcase how knowledge and appreciation of indigenous ways make Filipinos whole as individuals and as a community.


Legarda committee vows funding for drug rehab centers

September 28, 2016

Sen. Loren Legarda, the committee chair asked the Senate’s Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Division (LBRMO) to sit down with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Health (DOH) so that funds are provided for the construction of rehabilitation centers and other aspects of the rehabilitation work.

These include the construction of rehabilitation centers in the local government level “whether in capital outlay, capacity-building, blood testing or after care are all incorporated in the budgets,” she said.


Loren pushes higher SSF

September 27, 2016

The trade department should assist small businessmen through product development, product quality, good management, labeling and marketing through their personnel assigned in the provinces, said Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate committee on finance during the hearing on the agency’s 2017 budget.