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Legarda to file Emergency Food Subsidy Act

March 20, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda will file a bill on Emergency Food Subsidy that seeks to provide assistance to poor families in times of crisis, such as the ongoing covid-19, which has resulted to the enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon and has affected the livelihood of Filipinos, most especially the daily wage earners.
According to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the estimated number of poor families in NCR is 48,400, equivalent to 308,600 individuals.
“This […]

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Legarda: Unprogrammed 1.6B funds may be used for social programs

March 20, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda stated that there are Php1.6 billion unprogrammed funds that may be used for social programs to aid the Filipino people affected by the covid-19 crisis, which led to enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon and declaration of state of calamity in the whole country.
“The unprogrammed fund for social programs may be used up to Php1.6 billion. This can be released by DBM to DSWD for immediate cash payout for food […]

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Legarda: Utilize 56B Unconditional Cash Transfer for people in need during Covid-19 crisis

March 19, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda revealed that there is total amount of Php56 billion budget for the unconditional cash transfer under the TRAIN Law to provide the poor Filipinos much needed assistance amid the enhanced community quarantine due to Covid-19 crisis.

According to the National Economic Development Authority, there is an unspent funds of Php18.7 billion from the 2019 General Appropriations Act for the unconditional cash transfer and an allocation of Php36.4 billion for the same under the 2020 GAA. In addition, there is still Php1.7 billion UCT to be distributed under the 2018 GAA, a total of Php56 billion funds are available.

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Legarda: Promote Climate Adaptation through Edible Landscapes and Community Gardens

March 18, 2020

As global warming worsens and intensifies the present climate crisis, Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda said that national agencies, local governments, businesses, offices, industries, and households can establish edible landscapes and community gardens in order to help ensure food supply and ecosystem services, which are key thematic areas in the country’s National Climate Change Action Plan.

Legarda said that community gardens and edible landscapes are spaces in urban and rural areas, as well as in households, that […]

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Legarda: COVID-19 a Reminder to Enable Climate-Friendly and Healthy Environments

March 14, 2020

In light of the increasing number of cases of citizens afflicted with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country and the world, Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda stated that COVID-19 is a reminder to strengthen efforts that could enable healthier, more sustainable, and more climate-friendly environments.

Legarda said that, while more studies are needed to analyze the correlation of climate change and COVID-19, existing climate science and research has already reported that higher temperatures already trigger the surge of other diseases, particularly vector-borne ones, such as dengue, malaria, cholera, and typhoid.

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Legarda: Implement Cultural Heritage Law, Preserve Historical Sites

March 5, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda today urged for the strict implementation of the National Cultural Heritage Act, which calls for the preservation of historical and heritage sites. She made this call during the recent turnover of the newly-restored Bahay Prudencia Fule in San Pablo City, Laguna.

“We are all responsible for the preservation of our heritage, tangible or intangible. As heritage guardians, we have the inherent responsibility to conserve and preserve these structures for the benefit of our present and future generations,” Legarda said.

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Legarda: Unlock Full Potential, Enhance Climate and Disaster Resilience of PH Indigenous Weaving Industry

March 3, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda, at the Women 2020: Forum on Women of Impact, urged the government and private sector to continue unlocking the full potential of the country’s indigenous weaving industry, while also ensuring that it remains sustainable and resilient in light of the intensifying impacts of climate change and disasters.

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Legarda Files Resolution Declaring Climate and Environmental Emergency

February 27, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda on February 17 filed a resolution at the House of Representatives urging the declaration of a climate and environmental emergency and ensuring enhanced and coherent climate actions in the executive and legislative agenda of the government.

Titled “A Resolution Declaring a Climate Emergency and Environmental Emergency and Calling for the Mobilization of Government Agencies and Instrumentalities and Local Government Units towards the Effective Implementation of Environmental, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law in light of the Global Climate and Environmental Emergency,” House Resolution No. 724 supports the earlier call for the declaration of climate emergency by the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE), an advisory body of the Climate Change Commission (CCC).

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Legarda lauds DENR Ban on Single Use Plastics

February 27, 2020

Nineteen years after the passage of RA 9003, the National Solid Waste Management Commission issued a resolution directing DENR to prepare and implement specific guidelines that would ban single use plastics in all offices of government.

The Philippines holds the dubious distinction of being the third biggest contributor of plastic pollution in the ocean, a conclusion of a study of 192 countries and unless the quality of waste management and implementation of RA 9003 increases in a meaningful way, we would be responsible for much more in the coming years.

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Legarda Pushes for a “Low Carbon Economy” Policy

February 27, 2020

Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda pushes for the promotion of “low carbon economy” through House Bill (HB) No. 2184, which she filed on July 16, 2019 at the House of Representatives.

The bill aims to establish a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emission cap-and-trade system in the industrial and commercial sector.

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