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Filipino Women in Coffee Industry in 37th episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series

March 9, 2021

MANILA, 9 March 2021 — Women coffee enthusiasts will gather virtually to share knowledge on the coffee industry – farming, processing, retail, and marketing – and its challenges and opportunities in the new normal on the 37th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “Kwentong Kape ng mga Kababaihan.” This is a third of the four-part episode which focuses on supporting resilient livelihoods.
The episode, hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker […]

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Legarda Joins Celebration of Int’l Women’s Day, Calls for Stronger Economic Empowerment for Women

March 8, 2021

In celebration of the International Women’s Day, three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda underscored the need to invest in economic empowerment that would allow women to play a more active role in an inclusive and equitable growth and recovery amid the pandemic.
Legarda said that, while the Philippines was recognized by the World Economic Forum as the best performing country in Asia in terms of closing gender gaps, she hopes to see a country that does not only empower women’s […]

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“Capacitate culture-based livelihoods, MSMEs for inclusive, sustainable growth” – Ceramicists, Brickmakers

March 5, 2021

MANILA, 5 March 2021 — Ceramicists and brickmakers call for more capacity-building initiatives to enrich culture-based livelihoods in the 36th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways,” hosted by three-term Senator, now House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda.
The second part of the resilient livelihoods episode with the topic, “Pottery: Continuity and Change” gathered potters, brickmakers, and representatives from the government and academe and showcased various traditional crafts and masterpieces made of clay from the […]

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Legarda pushes for reforms on financial consumer protection

March 5, 2021

Former Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda stressed the importance of having appropriate mechanisms in place for the protection of consumers in financial markets and is fervently pushing for the passage into law of House Bill 6768, also known as the Financial Products and Services Consumer Protection Act.

“With the rapid development of complex and sophisticated financial products and services coupled with technological advancements and product innovations, cases of consumer fraud, abuse and misconduct have also increased. We have to build consumer confidence and trust in the financial system to promote stability, growth, efficiency and innovation. Thus, the passage into law of the proposed Financial Products and Services Consumer Protection Act is vital in safeguarding consumer rights, particularly in relation to financial markets,” Legarda said.

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Pottery and Brickmaking Enterprises in 36th episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series

March 2, 2021

MANILA, 2 March 2021 — Filipino brick and pottery makers will gather virtually to share knowledge on the traditional crafts and masterpieces made of clay, and to generate broader public support to the pottery and brickmaking industry and other culture-based livelihoods on the 36th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “Pottery and Brickmaking Enterprises.” This is the second of the four-part episode which focuses on promoting resilient livelihoods.
The episode, hosted by […]

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Legarda rallies youth to support clean energy transition

March 1, 2021

MANILA, 1 March 2021 — Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda stressed the important role of the youth as the engine of innovation and small scale energy transition as she outlined the need for the Philippines to contribute to the global energy transition, from harmful coal to renewable energy, during a dialogue on green recovery and energy transition spearheaded by the Ateneo Global Climate Corps on 25 February 2021.
“The global energy transition amid the COVID-19 pandemic is imperative. Failure to achieve the […]

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Climate Defenders highlight important interventions for global climate conference

February 26, 2021

Some of the country’s top ‘Climate Defenders’ attended recently a meeting convened by the British Embassy in Manila in preparation for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26 in November this year.
Among those at the meeting hosted by British Ambassador Daniel Pruce were three-term Senator and now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno represented by Managing Director Lyn Javier, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Executive Director Theresa Mundita Lim, Oscar M. Lopez Center Executive […]

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Legarda underscores mandate to provide quality healthcare services, adequate health workforce under Universal Health Care Act

February 25, 2021

Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda reminded today that the full implementation of the Universal Health Care Act mandates the regulation of the country’s health facilities and services and the support given to the healthcare workforce to enhance their capability to attend to the needs of the Filipino people.

“Now is the time, more than any other, when people require easy access to quality and affordable health care programs and services due to them. Two years after the approval of the Universal Health Care Act of 2019, many Filipinos are still in despair trying to gain access to the assistance intended for them and some are still suffering from the inequity in our healthcare system,” Legarda said.

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Legarda: Support agriculture, promote urban farming to alleviate malnutrition, improve food security

February 24, 2021

“In the 2020 fourth quarter survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in November, an estimated 4 million families experienced involuntary hunger or hunger due to lack of food to eat. This record gave us some relief because the previous survey results in September 2020 indicated 7.6 million affected families. However, the statistics is still alarming knowing that there are still 4 million families out there who do not have adequate food on their table,” Legarda said.

“Our country is abundant with natural resources if only we know how to source and utilize these properly. We have to provide our people with the kind of support that will have long-term effects to effectively reduce, if not eliminate, hunger and malnutrition in the country. Let us achieve food security through stronger support for agriculture and the promotion of urban farming,” Legarda said.

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Legarda Hails Approval of Emergency Vaccine Procurement Bill on Third Reading

February 23, 2021

“Let us not prolong the agony of our people and help them have safer everyday life. We are in the midst of a pandemic and we cannot disregard the right of our people to have access to the COVID-19 vaccines that will not only save lives, but, will also save the country’s struggling economy,”Legarda concluded.

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