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Greening of the Philippines: Issues and Concerns

November 17, 2009

9th Philippine Society for the Study of Nature
I think we all agree that after Ondoy and Pepeng, Filipinos are not the same anymore. The people are more than ever conscious of the impact of climate change. We all have our own stories from our families, if not from our own experience with Ondoy or Pepeng. The lesson is simple. If we do not do protect the environment, our lives will just get harder and harder as weather conditions get […]


Official Announcement as Vice-Presidential Candidate

Today, I officially declare my candidacy as vice president in the May 2010 elections.
I am running in tandem with Nacionalista Party’

November 17, 2009
s Sen. Manny Villar as the presidential standard-bearer.
While I remain a loyal member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and I thank them for their solid and generous support, I have decided to team up with Manny Villar and the Nacionalista Party because we share many things in common.
We share the same vision of a nation where there [...]


National Immunization Conference

November 12, 2009

I am honored to be with you once again. I had several occasions before to express my gratitude to our country’s leading doctors, nurses, paramedical workers, private and public health officials, NGOs, media and other health workers for you are the ones in the forefront in defending our people against sicknesses and death.
Preventive rather than curative: that has always been my preference when we speak about health. And I am glad that the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination, a leading […]


The Challenge of our Times

November 10, 2009

Her Excellency President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,
Distinguished participants and guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
The Climate Change Act of 2009
Three days ago, President Arroyo signed into law the Climate Change Act of 2009. On this, I wish to convey my grateful appreciation to the President for her immediate action on this landmark legislation.
Thank you, Mrs. President.
I feel a sense of relief and fulfilment now that the arduous process of legislation that I went through for the past […]


National Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Watershed Context

November 10, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to thank you for your invitation for me to deliver the keynote speech for this important conference and for your warm welcome as well. Let me also congratulate you for your service to the Filipino people and to humanity.
I have always been eager and relentless in pursuing the role and responsibility of interacting with various stakeholders who work for the environment long before my appointment as the chairperson of the Senate Oversight Committee on […]


Philippine Forests

November 6, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, officers and members of the Society of Filipino Foresters, Incorporated, my partners in
environmental protection, a pleasant day to all of you.
Across the years, Philippine forests continuously declined in physical and environmental terms. Forest land area alarmingly went down from 36.3 percent or more than one-third of the country’s land area in 1970 to 18 percent in 2001. Evidently, most of our country’s once rich forests are now gone.
This is tragic because forests are indispensable in the […]


Bagong Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon

October 23, 2009

Sa mga nakiisa sa inyong lingkod ngayong gabi, marami pong salamat sa inyong pagdalo.
Sa mga kababayan nating Cebuano, maayong gabii sa inyong tanan.
Sa mga kababayan nating Ilonggo, maayong gab-i sa inyo nga tanan.
Sa mga kababayan nating Bicolano, maray na banggi sa indo gabos.
Sa mga kababayan nating Kapampangan, mayap a bengi pu.
Sa mga kababayan nating Ilocano, naimbag nga rabii kadakayo amin.
At sa mga kapatid nating Moslem, assalam alaikum.
Sa lahat ng Pilipino, isang magandang gabi […]


Statement of Senator Loren Legarda: The greatest development challenge of our time

Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia Pacific
The Global Humanitarian Forum 2009 –

June 23, 2009
Human Impact of Climate Change: New Challenges for
Humanitarianism and Sustainable Development
23 June 2009, Geneva “The greatest development challenge of our time” Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Four days ago, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction concluded with 1,800 delegates from 165 nations calling on political leaders around the world to act decisively on reducing disaster risks and managing the [...]


Keynote Address of Senator Loren Legarda: Redefining Development

May 29, 2009

Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and
Climate Change Adaptation for the Asia-Pacific
National Sensitization Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction
Thimphu, Bhutan, 29th May 2009
“Redefining Development”
Thank you.
His Excellency Lyonpo Minjur Dorji,
The Director of the Department of Disaster Management
Dr. Jerry Velasquez, UNISDR Senior Regional Coordinator
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I feel honored and privileged to have been invited to visit your beautiful country, the Kingdom of Bhutan, and to speak before you today in my […]


Acceptance Speech of Senator Loren Legarda: “Now is the time”

December 28, 2008

Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and
Climate Change Adaptation for the Asia-Pacific
Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
2-4 December 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Now is the time”
Thank you so much.
To Salvano Briceno, Director of UNISDR, who I had the pleasure to work with during the two global meetings in Manila last October, and to the capable and diligent staff of the secretariat, who for more than a year now have helped […]