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Legarda: 2018 Budget Sustains Support for MSMEs

January 30, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the 2018 national budget sustains support to expand and enhance the capabilities and competency of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance and principal sponsor and author of Republic Act No. 9501 or the Magna Carta for MSMEs, said that under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA), Php1 Billion was allocated for the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso of the Small Business Corporation and Php1 Billion for Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

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Legarda, NCCA Launch Docu-Series Buhay na Buhay on GMA News TV

January 30, 2018

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Senator Loren Legarda today officially launched “Buhay na Buhay,” an engaging and informative series that introduces the eight living cultures of the Philippines.

Legarda presents the groundbreaking study of former NCCA Chairperson, Professor Felipe De Leon Jr. in this eight-part weekly series written by Floy Quintos, directed by Jeypi Salonga of Business Unusual Media Solutions (BUMS) Inc., and produced by the NCCA.

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Legarda: DOLE Budget for Underemployed, Displaced Workers Increases in 2018

January 26, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today said that more underemployed and displaced workers would benefit from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disavantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) Workers Program with increased funding under the 2018 national budget.

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Mt. Hamiguitan in 8th Episode of Protected Areas Series

January 25, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda invites everyone to watch the 8th episode of the documentary series Our Fragile Earth: Protected Areas of the Philippines, featuring the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ASEAN Heritage Park, on Saturday, January 27, 7:45 a.m., on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

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Legarda: 2018 Budget Funds Unpaid Pension for Surviving Spouses of WWII Veterans

January 25, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today said that surviving spouses of World War II veterans will receive their remaining unpaid pension from the government this year.

“I am happy to announce that this year, living spouses of deceased World War II veterans should be able to receive full payment of pension arrears due them,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.

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Legarda: Zero Waste Must Be a Way of Life

January 24, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today encouraged everyone to adopt a zero waste lifestyle for a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.

Legarda made the statement as the country observes National Zero Waste Month and the 17th anniversary of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act, which was signed into law on January 26, 2001.

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Dayaw Features Cultural Filipino Dances and Artists

January 24, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda enjoins the public to watch the fourth episode of Dayaw Season 4 – Vessels of Culture, showcasing “vessels” of traditional and cultural Filipino dances.

Episode 4 titled, “Dancing with Vessels,” will feature the Ramon Obusan Dance Troupe, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, the Bayanihan Folk Arts Center, and the UP Filipiniana Dance Group. It will be aired on Thursday, January 25, 6:30pm, on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), with livestreaming on abs-cbnnews.com/live and on ANC’s Facebook page.

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Senate Concurs in Ratification of PH-EU Cooperation Agreement, Social Security Agreements with Sweden, Germany

January 22, 2018

The Senate has unanimously concurred in the ratification of three treaties covering the Philippines’ partnership and cooperation agreement with the European Union and the social security agreements with Sweden and Germany, said Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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Legarda: Free Irrigation for Farmers Under 2018 Budget

January 22, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today said that farmers will continue to receive government support under the 2018 national budget through the subsidy of irrigation service fees to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

“As in the previous year, we will continue to subsidize this year the irrigation service fees, which, in the past, had been a burden to our farmers. We are an agricultural country and it is only proper that we continue extending the necessary assistance to our farmers, especially for irrigation services that are integral in maintaining our lands fertile and producing bountiful harvest,” Legarda said.

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Three-headed body

January 22, 2018

As the treaty-ratifying body, the Senate committee on foreign relations recommended for concurrence on these three treaties, the common denominator of which revolve around the interest and welfare of close to one million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). This fact was underscored by Senator Loren Legarda as the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that shepherded the approval of these agreements as beneficial to Filipinos and the country. The EU countries are home to an estimated 700,000 to 800,000 overseas Filipinos. The largest Filipino communities live and work in Italy, the United Kingdom (UK), and Greece.

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