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Early action vs disaster is key to saving lives – Loren

January 15, 2010

IN LIGHT OF THE MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE THAT DEVASTATED HAITI, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THAT EARLY ACTION ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IS KEY TO PREVENTING SEVERE LOSS OF LIFE DUE TO NATURAL CALAMITIES. IN LIGHT OF THE MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE THAT DEVASTATED HAITI, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THAT EARLY ACTION ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IS KEY TO PREVENTING SEVERE LOSS OF LIFE DUE TO NATURAL CALAMITIES.
“If there is something we should learn from the Haiti tragedy, it is thatthe Philippines, in […]

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Loren: Expedite search for missing Filipinos in Haiti

January 15, 2010

AFTER THE DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI THAT KILLED ALMOST 500,000, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO EXPEDITE THE SEARCH FOR MISSING FILIPINOS IN THE WAR-TORN, DISASTER-STRICKEN COUNTRY.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims and their families, and I call on the DFA to move fast, find out the whereabouts of all the Filipinos in Haiti and ensure their welfare,” said Loren.
There are almost 500 members of the Filipino community in Haiti, who […]

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Loren urges full dev’t of coco industry

January 14, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD, URGED LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) IN LAGUNA TO CONTINUE IN ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP THE COCONUT INDUSTRY WHICH IS THE MAJOR ECONOMIC MOVER IN THE REGION.
Loren aired the call as the City of San Pablo celebrates a weeklong festival called The Coco Festival. The week-long festivity is held to promote the city’s main produce – the coconut.
“I urge the LGU to continue its eco-tourism […]

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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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