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Legarda backs proposals to raise workers’ minimum wage

May 28, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda on Monday expressed support for proposals to raise the minimum wage of workers amid the rising prices of goods and services, supposedly because of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act.

“I agree that the minimum wage must be adjusted,” Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, told reporters, noting that she has been pushing for an across -the-board increase for minimum wage earners.

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Senate set to approve P1.16-B budget to help kids vaccinated with ‘Dengvaxia’

May 28, 2018

Approval by the Senate of a P1.16 billion supplemental budget specifically to help the 830,000 children vaccinated with ‘’Dengvaxia’’ (anti-dengue vaccine) before Congress goes on a sine die adjournment this Friday is held certain.

Sen. Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the Senate finance committee, issued the statement as her committee started Monday its public hearing on three bills seeking an appropriation of P1.16 billion for those vaccinated.

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Senate sets hearing on Dengvaxia fund

May 28, 2018

Sen. Loren Legarda, panel chair and author of Senate Bill No. 1794, will preside over the hearing on the proposal to allot P1.16 billion as supplemental appropriation for 2018.

“This first public hearing is our first step toward appropriating a sufficient amount to fund the much-needed support for the Dengvaxia vaccinees by providing them with assistance for medical kits, hospitalization, outpatient care services, like laboratory tests,” Legarda said in a statement.

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Philippine ‘Freespace’ rises in Venice

May 28, 2018

VENICE—Proud of the world-class talent of its artists and the rich conflicted narrative of its long history under colonial rule, the Philippines on Thursday made its mark in the Venice Architectural Biennale 2018 with a remarkable interpretation of how architecture is able to give “Freespace” to humanity.

The concepts of colonialism and neoliberalism manifested in the architecture of Philippine cities and reflected in day-to-day lives of Filipinos were gems that allowed art lovers and thinkers alike to reflect on their identities in the past, the present and the future.

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Senate Finance Committee to hold Public Hearing on Bill to Fund Medical Needs of Dengvaxia Vaccinees

May 27, 2018

The Senate Committee on Finance will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 28, to discuss bills proposing to fund the medical needs of children who were given the Dengvaxia vaccine.

Senator Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Finance Committee and author of the Senate Bill No. 1794, will preside over the hearing on the proposal to appropriate One Billion One Hundred Sixty-One Million Seven Hundred Ten Thousand Pesos (P1,161,710,000) as supplemental appropriations for FY 2018.

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Legarda: ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’ — A Great PH Contribution to Global Conversations on Art and Culture

May 26, 2018

Venice, Italy — After successfully returning to the global contemporary scene in 2015 through the Venice Art Biennale, the Philippines has since then continued to build up its contribution to the continuing global conversations on art and culture.

Senator Loren Legarda, the prime mover of the return of the Philippines to the Venice Biennale, praises this year’s exhibition, “The City Who Had Two Navels” curated by Dr. Edson Cabalfin in the Artigliere of the Arsenale, saying that this gives prominence to what the Philippines can contribute to ongoing global dialogue on art and culture.

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PH exults as it unveils ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’ at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

May 25, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, principal architect of the country’s re-entry to the world’s most prestigious exhibition for contemporary art after a 51-year absence, led officials present for the preview prior to the public viewing on May 26.

Legarda, who made time despite the recent reorganization in the Senate, said the Philippine pavilion has secured the country’s rightful place in the global contemporary art scene with its wealth of artistic talent.

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Legarda welcomes Senate approval on second reading of Senate Bill 1762

May 25, 2018

Sen. Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the powerful Senate finance committee, has welcomed the approval by the Senate on second reading of a bill which seeks to grant Ombudsman lawyers and prosecutors a comparable set of retirement benefits similarly granted by law to their counterparts in the judiciary and the prosecution service of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Asean’s dilemma: must economic growth cost the Earth?

May 25, 2018

In a passionate speech, Philippine Senator Loren Legarda said that, as the world’s fifth most vulnerable country to climate change, there is no other recourse for the Philippines “but to usher in green growth and transform our economy towards a low carbon and climate-resilient path.”

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Legarda Lauds Masbate for its Coal-Free Policy

May 25, 2018

Venice, Italy – Senator Loren Legarda commends the province of Masbate for the issuance of a resolution banning the development and operation of coal-fired power plants making the province “coal-free”.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, Legarda said Provincial Resolution No. 096-18 will help the province reduce harmful emissions, promote renewable energy, protect the environment and safeguard the health of its people.

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