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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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Loren urges GMA: Inhibit self from appointing SC chief

January 13, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA APPEALED YESTERDAY TO PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO TO INHIBIT HERSELF FROM APPOINTING THE NEXT CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT “IN ORDER NOT TO COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF THE ENTIRE COURT.”
“I know that some allies of the President are insisting that she has the power to appoint the next chief justice of the Supreme Court, but I urge her, not just out of delicadeza, but out of love for our country, to inhibit herself from appointing the […]

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Loren: ‘Failure of elections a real possibility’

January 12, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY WARNED OF A POSSIBLE FAILURE OF ELECTIONS IF THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT RELEASE ON TIME THE BUDGET FOR VOTERS’ EDUCATION.
The senator said that while the Commission of Elections is supposed to receive a total budget of between P110 million for voters’ education, less than P35 million is reported to have been released so far to the poll body by the Department of Budget and Management.
“If the Comelec is operating on a meager budget for […]

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NPC, UP prof see Loren win

January 11, 2010

WHEN ALL THE VOTES ARE COUNTED AFTER THE MAY ELECTIONS, SEN. LOREN LEGARDA IS LIKELY TO EMERGE AS THE WINNER OF THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL RACE, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONALIST PEOPLE’S COALITION (NPC) AND A UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES PROFESSOR.
Nationalist People’s Coalition spokesman, Rep. Rex Gatchalian, maintains that Loren, the party’s vice-presidential bet, is “still the one to beat because of her proven track record.”
“The current lead of Loren’s closest rival in surveys is not insurmountable. And I predict that […]

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Unified effort for cleaner air needed – Loren

January 10, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA SAID YESTERDAY THAT ANY AND ALL EFFORTS, MOVES AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS THAT COULD REDUCE THE EMISSION OF CARBON INTO THE AIR SHOULD BE FULLY SUPPORTED BECAUSE “GLOBAL WARMING AND THE RESULTING CLIMATE CHANGE IS EVERYONE’S CONCERN.”
Loren issued the statement in reaction to the Radio Frequency ID (RFID) program of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) which the agency started implementing last January 4.
Among other things, the LTO’s RFID project is intended to ensure full compliance by […]

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Loren brings climate change issue to Mindanao

January 9, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY URGED MINDANAOANS TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
Loren visited Tangub City in Misamis Occidental on Friday to grace the celebration of the Christmas Symbols Festival.
In her remarks during the annual festival, Loren said Filipinos must “protect the environment and our natural resources because these are vital to our economic and social development.”
“Our experience in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon last year with back-to-back […]

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Loren seeks probe of ‘failed’ irrigation project in Leyte

January 8, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA VOWED YESTERDAY TO LOOK INTO A $41.67 MILLION IRRIGATION PROJECT IN THE PROVINCE OF LEYTE WHICH WAS DECLARED A FAILURE BY THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB), A MANILA-BASED MULTILATERAL FINANCING INSTITUTION.
The chair of the Senate Food and Agriculture Committee and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization (COCAFM), Loren, noted with dismay that an independent evaluation conducted by ADB on the 2nd Irrigation Systems Improvement project deemed it “inefficient” and “unsustainable” in attaining its […]

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Loren: RP deeper in debt but who benefits?

January 7, 2010

ARE THE POOR BENEFITING AT ALL FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S HEAVY FOREIGN BORROWINGS?
Senator Loren Legarda posed this question as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported that the country’s outstanding external debt amounted to $53.1 billion as of the end of the third quarter, up 2.5 percent from $51.8 billion recorded as of end-June.
“The country’s economic managers should be forthright and tell us exactly where the foreign borrowings are spent on, because the number of poor Filipinos has not […]

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Loren: Plant more trees to combat climate change

January 6, 2010

PLANT MORE TREES, AND WE CAN SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND DEAL WITH CLIMATE CHANGE WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME. THIS WAS THE KEY MESSAGE CONVEYED BY SEN. LOREN LEGARDA, FOUNDER OF LUNTIANG PILIPINAS, AN ENVIRONMENTAL NGO, IN A RADIO INTERVIEW TODAY.
Loren observed that at the rate Filipinos are cutting down trees in the 700,000 remaining hectares of virgin forests, then the country will not have any more virgin forests in ten years.
Loren warned of dire consequences if the […]

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Loren urges enhanced feeding program for school children

January 6, 2010

MABITAC, LAGUNA – NOTING THAT MORE THAN FOUR MILLION FILIPINO CHILDREN ARE CONSIDERED UNDERNOURISHED AND MALNOURISHED, SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ADVOCATED A BIGGER AND SUSTAINED FEEDING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.
Speaking before municipal and barangay officials here, Loren said that in giving priority to education, the government should also pay more attention to improving the health of rural and community residents, especially the children.
Loren said that she would push through her proposals to institute a […]

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