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Legarda Receives Award of Distinction from EU

June 7, 2019

The European Union (EU) Delegation in Manila, led by Ambassador Franz Jessen, has conferred on Senator Loren Legarda a special award for her contribution in strengthening Philippines-EU bilateral relations.

The Award of Distinction by the EU was given to Legarda to honor her work as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and her role in the process of ratification of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation Between the Philippines and the European Union (PH-EU PCA).


Legarda on World Environment Day: Beat Air Pollution

June 5, 2019

In celebration of this year’s World Environment Day, Senator Loren Legarda today urged everyone to contribute in improving the quality of air we breathe by implementing our laws and avoiding the causes of air pollution within households, industries, and workspaces.   

The Senator said that every June 5 of the year is declared as World Environment Day to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, with this year’s theme focusing on “air pollution” and a campaign to #BeatAirPollution.


Message of Senator Loren Legarda on Eid’l Fitr

June 5, 2019

I wish to extend my warm greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters who have displayed deep faith and devotion, discipline and obedience in observing the holy month of Ramadan.


As a feast of great importance to Muslims, the Eid’l Fitr has become a familiar occasion even to our Catholic-dominated nation. We hope that beyond familiarity, the observance of this holiday would foster deeper understanding among Filipinos regardless of faith or religious belief.


Legarda: PH Competitiveness Ranking A Challenge to Continue Improving

May 31, 2019

Senator Loren Legarda today lauded the Philippines’ improved ranking in the 2019 global competitiveness study by Swiss business school IMD and said that it should serve as a challenge for government to continue improving.

The Philippines ranked 46th out of 63 countries in the 2019 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY). Last year, it ranked 50th.


Legarda Sponsors Senate Concurrence in PH-Indonesia Agreement on Maritime Boundaries; Senate Approves on 2nd Reading

May 29, 2019

Senator Loren Legarda, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, sponsored on Tuesday the Senate Resolution concurring in the ratification of the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Philippines and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia Concerning the Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone Boundary.”


The Senate has also approved the treaty on second reading.


Legarda said that both the Philippines and Indonesia are State Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which gave parties entitlements to a 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for utilization of living and non-living resources.


Legarda on Ocean’s Month: Save Our Oceans from Plastic Pollution

May 29, 2019

In celebration of the “Month of Ocean” this May, Senator Loren Legarda called on national and local leaders and citizens to help save our oceans from plastic pollution by implementing and educating ecological solid waste management practices within households and communities. 

Legarda said that the Month of Ocean is annually celebrated during the month of May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57, s. 1999 and that the theme for the 20th anniversary this year is “Free the Sea from Marine Debris,” which focuses on the issue of marine debris and its effects to coastal and marine resources.


Legarda: Accelerated Spending Needed to Achieve Growth Target for 2019

May 28, 2019

In today’s committee hearing on the status of implementation of the 2018 budget and the effect of the four-month re-enacted budget on the 2019 projected economic growth, Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that accelerated spending and implementation of government programs are needed to achieve its growth target for 2019.


The Spectre of Comparison Debuts in Manila After Run in 2017 Venice Art Biennale

May 24, 2019

Senator Loren Legarda on Thursday led the opening of the homecoming exhibition of The Spectre of Comparison at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) after its successful run as the Philippine Pavilion exhibition at the 2017 Venice Art Biennale.


The Spectre of Comparison, curated by MCAD Director Joselina “Yeyey” Cruz, features the works of Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo. The exhibition looks at how the artists see the events of the Philippines and their adopted countries through an inverted telescope, comparing it to the experience of Jose Rizal’s protagonist in Noli Me Tangere, Crisostomo Ibarra, who experienced a double vision when he gazed out at the botanical gardens of Manila.


Legarda on Int’l Day for Biological Diversity: Protect Biodiversity Amid Climate Crisis

May 21, 2019

In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22, Senator Loren Legarda urged leaders and citizens to take greater action in protecting Philippine biodiversity—considered one of the richest in the world—amid the escalating threats posed by global warming and climate change. 

Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience and UNFCCC National Adaptation Plan Champion, said that this year’s celebration carries the theme of  “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health” and emphasizes the importance of protecting biodiversity as the foundation of health and food systems.


Legarda: Museums are Important Vessels of History and Culture

May 18, 2019

In celebration of International Museum Day (May 18), Senator Loren Legarda encouraged everyone to discover the different aspects of the nation’s culture and history through our museums.


Legarda, a staunch advocate of art and culture promotion, said that this year’s theme, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”, is apt in promoting the significance of museums, which are vessels of important historical knowledge and cultural heritage and showcase the invaluable Filipino talent.