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Legarda pledges help for damaged school building

December 3, 2014

Bayambang, Pangasinan – Senator Loren Legarda has assured the Parents-Teachers Association of Bayambang Central School here that she would help in the restoration of the fire-damaged Gabaldon school building.
Legarda stressed that as built heritage structures, the Gabaldon buildings represent historic, architectural and socio-political significance to the country.
“These structures symbolize the first foundation of the Philippine public school system during the American colonial regime, in which each Filipino child, even from the most remote areas of the country, had access to […]

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Legarda proposes ‘road diet’ to address traffic congestion

December 3, 2014

SENATOR Loren Legarda said Wednesday proper use of roads will help address traffic congestion in cities.
“How do we solve the problem of traffic? The solution does not seem to be the widening of roads or the construction of more flyovers, because over time, new roads would just be filled with new cars,” Legarda said in a privilege speech.
“The solution is simple, simple but brilliant: a road diet. We need to constrict our roads so that we will be forced to […]

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Youth empowerment, LGUs’ focus critical vs climate change — Sering, Legarda

November 26, 2014

Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice-Chairperson Lucille Sering on Monday emphasized the need for the youth’s more active involvement in lessening greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the country as she called for further volunteerism in advancing the cause in the face of climate change.
Speaking during the 2nd Greeneration Summit for Luzon’s Youth Summit last Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Sering told some 700 student participants from various schools and universities in the National Capital Region and […]

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It’s time to use PH’s ethnic alphabet Baybayin, says Legarda

November 26, 2014

A lawmaker has renewed calls to integrate Baybayin—the country’s precolonial alphabet—in government logos, public signage and local product labels.
Senator Loren Legarda, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, urged the promotion of the ancient alphabet during the Baybayin Festival in Rizal.
“Marahil ngayon ay hindi na maunawaan ng karamihan ang kahalagahan ng Baybayin dahil sanay na tayo sa sistema ng pagsusulat na ating nakagisnan. Ngunit kapag binalikan natin ang ating kasaysayan, ang baybayin ang simbolo ng sibilisasyon ng mga […]

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Disaster risk reduction is everybody’s business

November 16, 2014

There is a long history of cooperation and selflessness in the face of crisis and disasters. “Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), Tropical Storm “Ondoy” (Ketsana), Tropical Depression “Pepeng” (Tarma), Typhoon “Pablo” (Bopha), just to name a few, brought massive destruction and death, and yet these times of crisis also brought out the best in people in the many ways they tried to ease the suffering.
We bring out the best in ourselves by trying to help others survive after each disaster. […]

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Check out weaving demo today at National Museum

November 16, 2014

Almost every weekend, Sen. Loren Legarda invites an indigenous group with a dying fabric-making tradition to do a demonstration of their weaving techniques.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hibla Gallery of the National Museum, the Mandaya folk from Barangay Sangab, Caraga town in Davao Oriental, will demonstrate their weaving.
The Mandaya is one of the indigenous communities living in the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary that was recently inscribed by the Unesco as a World Heritage Site.
“I am […]

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Phl senator fears of climate change impact

November 4, 2014

PHILIPPINE Senator Loren Legarda on Tuesday renewed her call for greater climate change action, particularly significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as she expressed alarm over the pronouncement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that time is running out to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.
Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, said the international community, all national governments, all sectors of society and all citizens of the […]

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‘Baybayin’ as nat’l writing system pushed

November 4, 2014

MANILA — Sen. Loren Legarda is proposing to make Baybayin the country’s national writing system.
“Baybayin is an ancient Philippine system of writing composed of a set of 17 cursive characters or letters that represent either a single consonant or vowel or a complete syllable,” Legarda said in filing Senate Bill 2440.
The Philippine writing system was developed in the 16th century, said the lawmaker from Antique.
Under the bill, local food manufacturers are required to print container labels in Baybayin.
The print media, […]

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Gov’t urged to prepare MSMEs for Asean economic integration

October 27, 2014

THE government should prepare the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for the emergence of Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) members in Asean Economic Community (AEC) by December next year, Senator Loren Legarda said Monday.
Legarda said the AEC would allow the region to gain greater influence in the global economic and political aspects, citing that MSMEs continue to dominate Asean region and operate as subsistence-based enterprises.
“If left unprepared or if they remain uncompetitive, our MSMEs will find […]

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More lawmakers seek review of VFA

October 19, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Loren Legarda yesterday joined the calls for a review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US with the aim of renegotiating some of the provisions of the treaty, particularly on criminal jurisdiction.
Reacting to the latest case allegedly involving an American serviceman, Legarda said the VFA should be revisited because it has many onerous provisions.
“While we acknowledge the benefits of the VFA, especially in providing the needed support for our armed forces as we have […]

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