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Opening Statement on the Hearing on National Land Use Act

February 11, 2015

A pleasant day to all and thank you for coming to this public hearing of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
We are almost coming to a resolution of a 20-year old issue on the need for a national land use policy. We are in the penultimate stage of finalizing the consolidation of Senate Bills 7, 63 and 150, after having conducted at least 3 technical working group meetings and a number of consultations with various stakeholders.
This bill will help […]


Resilience to Natural Hazards and Climate Change ADB Conference: “Innovation and Learning in a Changing Asia”

September 10, 2014

Opening Statement of Senator Loren Legarda
Resilience to Natural Hazards and Climate Change
ADB Conference:  “Innovation and Learning in a Changing Asia”
ADB Headquarters, Manila, 10 September 2014
Citizens of the Asia-Pacific region are more likely to be affected by natural hazards than those in Africa, in Europe or North America, says a report from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
In many countries in the region, poverty, badly planned and managed urban and regional development, informal settlements on unsafe lands, vulnerable rural and urban […]


The Politics of Climate Change and its 21st Century Challenges

February 19, 2014

Opening Address
“The Politics of Climate Change and its
21st Century Challenges”
Museum of the Filipino People, Manila
19 February 2014
(Standard Greetings)
In 2013, a total of 25 typhoons visited the Philippines, way above the usual average of 20 typhoons a year.
As a country exposed to storms, Filipinos should now be experts in preparing for typhoons; we should now be typhoon-resilient at the very least. After all, we have already experienced Ondoy, Pepeng, Pablo and Sendong. Unfortunately, Yolanda happened and we […]


Opening Statement High Level Forum on Strengthening Disaster Risk Insurance in the Philippines

January 21, 2014

Opening Statement
High Level Forum on Strengthening Disaster Risk Insurance in the Philippines
21 January 2014, Senate of the Philippines
“We’re roofless but not hopeless.” This is was a rallying slogan written on a tattered cloth put up by typhoon survivors in Tacloban.
This is not going to be the last post-disaster banner we will see. I wish I can say otherwise, but I cannot.
Filipinos are known to be a resilient lot. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of […]


Anti-trafficking Bicameral Conference

November 12, 2012

Asian Institute of Management;Good afternoon and welcome to the bicameral conference on the disagreeing provisions of Senate Bill No. 2625 and House Bill 6339, on the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.


Briefing on the 19th ASEAN/ APEC Summits and Related

November 28, 2011

This month, two meetings of great import to the region and to our country were held – one in Bali, and the other one in Hawaii. These are the recently-concluded 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting.
There were also related meetings conducted along the sidelines of the APEC and ASEAN that are also important.
These meetings have attracted great attention, mainly because some of the world’s economic powers were represented […]


Luzon Indigenous Peoples Assembly

September 9, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the first Indigenous Peoples’ Regional Assembly, which we convene today.
In convening this assembly, I am particularly grateful to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for gathering our IP leaders all over Luzon.
We thank the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Education, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the International Labor Organization for supporting this important initiative.
As […]


Joint hearing of Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development

March 29, 2011

The first quarter of the year has posed a great challenge to our government in terms of promoting the well-being and safety of Filipino nationals overseas. The socio-political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, and the hazards that occurred in some nations have put to test the ability of our government, including our embassies and consulates abroad, to carry out its mandated duty to protect our citizens living and working in foreign countries.
The political unrest in Tunisia […]


Opening Statement of Sen. Loren Legarda Chair, Senate Committee on Climate Change

March 22, 2011

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has reminded the world to prepare for the worst, biggest and deadliest disasters. What happened in Japan can happen too in our country — with a far worse scenario if we are not prepared. It is certain that a strong earthquake may occur — a fact as real as the presence of a major earthquake fault in Metro Manila. The only question that remains is — When will it strike and how prepared […]


Joint Hearing of the Committee on Climate Change and Committee on Environmental & Natural Resources

March 16, 2011

As I speak before you today, Japan is in a state of disaster after a powerful earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit its country and caused widespread destruction. Its grim and tragic aftermath left thousands of people dead, injured, and homeless. As rescue workers dig out victims from the rubble and more people are brought to safety, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Japan, especially to the grieving and displaced families.
Once again, […]