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Loren pushes creation of regulatory body for environmental planning

January 5, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA PUSHED TODAY FOR THE CREATION OF A GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT WOULD LICENSE AND REGULATE THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THOSE OF FOREIGN PLANNERS WHO ARE CONTRACTED FOR WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES.
Loren stressed that environmental planning in the establishment of communities and in the construction of public and private structures like buildings, roads and houses has taken an added importance in view of the deleterious effects of climate change already being felt […]

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Legarda urges creation of OFW hospital

January 5, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA WANTS THE SENATE TO IMMEDIATELY PASS THE BILL SHE AUTHORED CREATING THE MIGRANT WORKERS HOSPITAL SO THAT RETURNING OFWS CAN AVAIL THEMSELVES OF MEDICAL CARE.
Loren cited official statistics that 42 percent of returning or repatriated OFWs require immediate medical attention or hospital confinement.
“Many OFWs suffer exploitation and even physical abuse in the hands of their employers. Some arrive home with physical ailments, while others even have mental problems. But is government ready to help them?” […]

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Loren airs ‘money laundering’ concern

January 4, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA WARNED TODAY THAT THE RELAXATION BY THE BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS (BSP) OF ITS RULES ON FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS MAY BE USED BY SOME CORRUPT PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT TO PARK THEIR ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH OUTSIDE OF THE PHILIPPINES TO ESCAPE GARNISHMENT.
“There may be good and valid reasons for this move by the BSP to allow just anyone to buy $30 million from local banks and to ‘invest’ the same abroad without needing approval anymore from the BSP,” […]

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NPC condemns black propaganda vs Loren

January 3, 2010

THE NATIONALIST PEOPLE’S COALITION ON SUNDAY NIGHT STRONGLY CONDEMNED THE “BLACK PROPAGANDA” BEING WAGED AGAINST SEN. LOREN LEGARDA, THE NPC-NP CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT, AS “UNWARRANTED, BLATANTLY FALSE AND SCURRILOUS.”
Valenzuela City Rep. Rex Gatchalian, NPC spokesman, referred to text messages being circulated by anonymous sources claiming that Senator Legarda had filed a bill seeking to reduce the salaries of public school teachers and military personnel.
“Nothing could be farther from the truth,” Gatchalian said. “On the contrary, Senator Legarda […]

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Loren to push green advocacy even more passionately this time

January 2, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA WILL TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN PUSHING HER ADVOCACY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MORE GREEN TECHNOLOGY WITH THE ADVENT OF THE NEW YEAR.
As her New Year’s resolution, Loren said she would pursue her climate change advocacy “more passionately and bring it to the grassroots to show how it directly affects food and hunger.
Loren said she would also “try to convince business and industry to adopt green technology.”
“I will do these with even […]

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Loren: Revive maritime industry

December 30, 2009

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA SAID YESTERDAY THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION SHOULD ADOPT A “NO-NONSENSE PROGRAM” TO REVIVE THE PHILIPPINE MARITIME AND SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO PREVENT FREQUENT SEA ACCIDENTS THAT ANNUALLY COST THE COUNTRY HEAVILY IN HUMAN CASUALTIES AND FINANCIAL LOSS.
“It is too late for the present administration, which has neglected maritime industry, to do this,” said Loren. “So it will be the job of the next administration after 2010 to revive the shipbuilding and maritime industry for which our country has […]

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Loren warns of growing public debt

December 28, 2009

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA YESTERDAY WARNED OF A WORSE FISCAL CRISIS NEXT YEAR DUE TO THE “EXTRAVAGANCE AND OVER-BORROWING OF THE ARROYO ADMINISTRATION” IN THE PAST NINE YEARS.
Loren issued the warning after Moody’s Investors Service reported that 2010 may prove to be a “tumultuous year” for sovereign debt issuers and this includes the Philippines.”
Loren said that this means that the Philippines would have a hard time soliciting foreign loans next year to fund its requirements not only for necessary […]

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NPC says Loren is VP bet to beat

December 27, 2009

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – BARRING ANY HITCHES, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE NATIONALIST PEOPLE’S COALITION (NPC) EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE YESTERDAY THAT SEN. LOREN LEGARDA WILL EMERGE AS THE WINNER IN THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN THE MAY 2010 ELECTIONS.
NPC spokesman Rex Gatchalian said they are not surprised at all that the female legislator is leading in the surveys, as shown by the latest one released by Pulse Asia. He added this “elated” party members and even “inspired” them to do more in […]

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‘Why the delay in X’mas bonus for gov’t workers?’

December 27, 2009

AMID COMPLAINTS FROM GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES OVER THE DELAY IN THE GRANT OF THE P7,000 CHRISTMAS BONUS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA ON SUNDAY ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT TO EXPLAIN WHY IT WAITED UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO RELEASE THE PROMISED INCENTIVE.
“Government workers were promised the cash gift long before Christmas, yet the DBM seems to have other priorities as many of them had yet to receive the year-end bonus before Christmas Day, ” she said.
The delay, Loren […]

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Loren: Gov’t lax in enforcing sea safety standards

December 27, 2009

THE LATEST MARITIME TRAGEDY COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED HAD GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES BEEN MORE CAREFUL IN ENSURING THE SEAWORTHINESS OF INTER-ISLAND VESSELS, ACCORDING TO SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA.
“The Christmas Eve collision of a passenger ferry and a fishing boat at Manila Bay underscores once more the shortcomings of the concerned government agencies in the proper monitoring of maritime vessels,” Loren said.
The collision between the wooden-hulled passenger ferry M/V Catalyn B and the steel-hulled fishing vessel F/V Anatalia off the coast of […]

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