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SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA How Prepared Are We? Privilege Speech on Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

Mr. President,
Sympathies to Japan
As I speak before this august chamber, Japan, the world’

March 14, 2011
s second largest economy, reels from the devastating impact of its worst earthquake and tsunami disaster in a century, ushering an unprecedented hardship for her people.
As a Philippine Senator and the United Nations champion for disaster and climate risk reduction, I wish to convey my profound sympathy and condolence to the people of Japan.
A major benefactor of the United Nations, Japan has generously helped [...]


2nd National Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Building Linkages, Building Resilience: Protecting Development through Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

March 4, 2011

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai,
Minister Cao Duc Phat,
Vice Minister Dao Xuan Hoc,
Vice Minister Tran Hong Ha,
Philippine Ambassador to Viet Nam Jerril Santos,
Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Allaster Cox,
United Nations Resident Coordinator John Hendra,
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
It is my distinct honor and pleasure to speak before you today in this important national forum on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
As a Philippine senator and UNISDR regional champion for Asia and the Pacific, […]


Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “My City, My Town is Getting Ready!”

OPENING STATEMENT SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA Today, we make history here in East Rembo Elementary School as Metro Manila and the Alliance of Seven join more than 150 cities and municipalities all over the world who have committed to undertake essential actions in line with UNISDR’

February 11, 2011
s global campaign launched last year. Metro Manila has been dubbed as the convenience store of disasters because based on the latest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) risk assessment synthesis report, NCR is most at risk of [...]


Technical Briefing on the Joint World Bank-UN Publication: “Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention”

Technical Briefing on the Joint World Bank-UN Publication:
“Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention” OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA As the Philippines seeks to pursue sustainable development, the lessons of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng have taught us that we should not train our sights merely on enhancing our capacities to re-build after each and every disaster. For without effective disaster prevention, hundreds of lives, thousands of homes, billions worth of properties and livelihoods, even government’

February 10, 2011
s growth and [...]


“International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change”Conserving biodiversity amidst climate change”

February 1, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I take part in this event, the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change, where we see partnership among various sectors of society at work.
I am aware of the enormous efforts made by all, especially by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to make this important gathering happen.
A few decades back, man and nature used to be the best of friends. We used to savor […]


The Security Implications of Climate Change

I am pleased to jointly organize with the British Embassy this important lecture on the security implications of climate change. This forum came at a great time as this will help generate inputs to on-going legislative discussions on ways by which the country’

January 26, 2011
s strategies and responses to climate change can be best addressed.
I often assert in various dialogues that climate change has become the greatest humanitarian and development challenge of our time.
While the Philippine level of carbon dioxide [...]


Privilege Speech

Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day

Mr President, my distinguished colleagues:
Today, January 24, has been declared by Malacañang as the “

January 24, 2011
Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day.”


Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2010 Committee Report No. 13 / Senate Bill No. 2625

Nine hundred forty nine trafficking in persons cases in ten years or nearly a hundred Filipinos victimized each year —

January 17, 2011
such was the situation seven years ago when Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted.
Today, it is estimated that more than 2000 Filipinos fall prey into trafficking each year.
Distinguished colleagues, behind these numbers are stories of individuals whose freedom of choice is impaired by desperation or helplessness, thus rendering them vulnerable to exploitation. Victims [...]


DISASTER RISK REDUCTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCH FOR REGION-VII Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “My City, My Town is Getting Ready!”

As UNISDR regional champion, I am pleased to be a part of this momentous region-wide launch of UNISDR’

January 13, 2011
s campaign, Making Cities and Municipalities Resilient: “


Manifestation on the Budget Allocation for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Measures delivered by Senator Loren Legarda

Mr. President, about a week ago, parliamentarians from ten Asian countries, including the Philippines, met here in Manila for a three-day Consultative Meeting on “

December 1, 2010
Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals”