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Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda on the Online Launch of “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” Teaching Modules of our National Living Treasures 23 October 2020

October 23, 2020

Good morning to everyone who are gathered today to witness the Online Launch of the Teaching Modules of our National Living Treasures (Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan).
 I commend the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Inc. for coming up with these teaching modules. My special thanks also goes to Karina Bolasco, who patiently worked on this project, which I envisioned, and has made it into a reality. These learning materials, which […]


The Filipino Author in the Time of Pandemic Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda Online Philippine Event, Special Edition Frankfurt Buchmesse | 2020 17 October 2020

October 21, 2020

Good afternoon.
I am honored to take part in this important event although it is with a heavy heart that I am addressing you virtually right now. The Philippines has maintained its continuous physical presence at the Frankfurter Buchmesse (FBM) since 2015.  I remember that we started back then with a very modest stand. But last year, we were able to make it at Frankfurt with a 120 square-meter booth. Fast forward to today, given the pandemic we are facing, almost […]


Inspirational Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda Online Showing of Patok: Mountain Carvers October 15, 2020/ 9:00 a.m.

October 15, 2020

It is often said that one’s environment is intrinsically linked with one’s culture, stories and traditions for in its totality, such define and lay the foundation of a community’s identity.
In my home province of Antique, the Rice Terraces of San Remigio magnifies the Iraynon-Bukidnon’s industriousness and highlights the harmonious relationship between humankind and the environment.   
Oftentimes, these kinds of tangible heritage are better appreciated because their beauty and value are palpable, and are a keen sight to behold.
In […]


Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda Terra Madre Salone del Gusto Slow Food in the Philippines Summit 13 October 2020

October 14, 2020

Good morning to all. First, allow me to extend my gratitude to Slow Food Movement Manila for giving me the chance to speak before you today. It would have been an enjoyable experience for us to personally gather and celebrate, but I also welcome the fact that we are holding this discussion online with minimal carbon footprint.
The current pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of food supply chains to shocks, threatening the food and nutritional security of Filipinos. Income losses have […]


Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda as delivered on September 15, 2020 | Special Zoom Webinar to Celebrate September as MANA Mo (Maritime & Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month)

October 13, 2020

Dr. Claudio, good afternoon and warm ecological greetings.  I am honored to be with you as we discuss our maritime and archipelagic nation, one of the most biodiverse in the world. I was with you from the opening and I witnessed the interesting, comprehensive, and informative presentations of various Speakers. I just want to share with you my lifelong work lifelong work on environment, on climate change and disaster risk reduction and the reasons spate of disasters, including the pandemic, […]


Statement by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda CVF Thematic Ambassador Parliaments Climate Vulnerable Forum

October 9, 2020

Thank you, Honorable Minister Momen.
Your Excellencies, the Heads of State and Government of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, Secretary-General, Honorable Ministers, and Fellow CVF Ambassadors: It is an honor to join you on this momentous occasion.
I wish to thank the CVF Presidency for appointing me as Thematic Ambassador for Parliaments. Our 48-member strong Forum must forge on with the urgent call to raise level of climate ambition at the global and national scales.
Episodic climate-induced disasters such as intense typhoons, flooding, and […]


Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda | Accelerated Climate Action and Transformation for Local Communities (ACT Local) Online Conference October 6, 2020 Zoom Digital Meeting Platform

October 6, 2020

I would like to bid a warm acknowledgement to the Climate Change Commission (CCC) for the invitation to the Accelerating Climate Action and Transformation for Local Communities or ACT Local Online Conference.  I would like to commend our notable leaders at CCC, Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman whom I’ve worked with in pushing the country’s climate agenda forward, Asec. Romell Antonio O. Cuenca, Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, and Commissioner Noel Antonio V. Gaerlan for making sure that local climate […]


“Environment and its Impact on National Security” E-MNSA Lecture | 03 October 2020

October 5, 2020

Good morning to all of you. First of all, allow me to extend my gratitude to NDCP for inviting me to address you today on a very important aspect of national security: the environment.
This Executive Master in National Security Administration (E-MNSA) program takes place against the backdrop of global disruptions challenging our nation.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the prevailing climate crisis are both rooted in the abusive global economic system currently in place—a system that is reliant on unsustainable consumption and […]


Message of Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda World Teachers’ Day October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020

As the international community celebrates the World Teachers’ Day, I would like to laud the significant role of Filipino teachers as nation builders.
Our teachers have an indispensable role in nation building and national development. Considered as the second parents of our children, teachers have a pivotal role in honing the minds and characters of the Filipino youth. The dedication and competence of our teachers are one of the factors influencing the quality and capability of our future public servants, professionals, […]


Message of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda Signing of the Deed of Donation and Ceremonial Groundbreaking of UP Extension Campus in Antique 04 October 2020

October 4, 2020

Good morning!  Allow me to greet the officials of UP Visayas: Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa, Vice Chancellor for Administration Mary Anne Gumban, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Rolly Fuentes, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Gay Defiesta, Dean Ramer Bautista of the School of Technology, Dean Ma. Severa Fe Katalbas of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Arthur Barrido of the College of Management, Dean Encarnacion Emelia Yap of the College of […]