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Privilege Speech: One Year After: Ondoy’s Wake-Up Call Remains Unheeded

In a survey conducted by the Nielsen Company and the Oxford University Institute of Climate Change late last year, the Philippines registered the highest level of concern for climate change among 54 countries surveyed. 78% of Filipino respondents said they are concerned[1]. In fact, VERY CONCERNED.
They have good reasons to feel that way. Let us review our records.
Looking Back
The Philippines was severely hit by three successive tropical cyclones: “

September 27, 2010


Speech on the Millennium Development Goals

1. The MDG Summit 2010
Today, the 20th of September, heeding the urgent call of the United Nations Secretary-General, world leaders convene an important summit in New York to review the progress of countries on the collective commitment of nations for human development under the Millennium Declaration of 2000 –

September 19, 2010
that is, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015.
The MDGs represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be [...]


The Evolving Roles of BHWs: Bridging the Gap for Future Health Reforms

September 4, 2010

For sixteen years, our barangay health workers have been our health information disseminators, the nurturers of expectant mothers and sick children, and the providers of genuine health care to the Filipino in the deepest nooks of the country.
I would like to thank the National Confederation of Barangay Health Workers of the Philippines for inviting me to speak before the unsung heroes of our health delivery system.
Indeed, we have gone far in medicine and health care services. But it […]


The Human Face of Climate Change

September 4, 2010

It is my pleasure to be invited here to speak about an issue which has become one of the greatest humanitarian development challenges that we all face, an issue of global proportion.
While climate change has recently been at the forefront of local and international dialogues, it is perhaps only now that the nation has seen its devastating impacts.
Unfortunately, it had to take Ondoy, Pepeng and Basyang for us to realize that climate change is not just a scientific […]


State of the Climate Speech

August 10, 2010

Never before in history have humans proactively worked together to avert a global catastrophe, as what we now attempt to achieve with the threatening challenge of climate change.
It is 2010, a particular time to look into the progress of countries towards halving poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is impossible to achieve without taking extensive measures to minimize the impacts of recurring floods, droughts, and other hazards that push Filipinos back […]


Congratulations to the Winners of May 2010 Elections

I sincerely congratulate my winning colleagues in the race, Noynoy Aquino and Jejomar Binay. I wish them all the best in the difficult road ahead for our country. May their leadership usher in a new era of less poverty, stable economic growth, peace and environmental security. Now is the time to put strained relationships and political disunities spawned during the electoral campaign behind us. Let us work together in cooperation and in constructive engagement to build a better nation. I’

May 11, 2010
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7th Provincial Convention – Liga Ng Mga Barangay Pangasinan

March 16, 2010

Sabi nila, kung gusto mo raw maramdaman ang tunay na pulso ng bayan, kausapin mo ang mga barangay chairman at barangay officials. Sila kasi ang laging nasa harap ng masang Pilipino, nakaririnig ng kanilang hinaing at gumagawa ng paraan para masolusyunan ang mga problema sa abot ng kanilang makakaya.
Sa aking pagiikot sa bansa bago ko pa man ideklara ang aking kandidatura, marami akong natutunan sa kanila. Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, baka lang nakalilimutan ng ilan, na ang […]


Loren welcomes Manny Pacquiao

December 21, 2009

Manny Pacquiao always fights for flag and country whenever he steps inside the square boxing ring, proving to the whole world that we Filipinos can excel in our chosen fields because we are disciplined, skilled and motivated.
He is a well-grounded young man who, while always thanking God for His blessings, has never forgotten to share them with our less-fortunate countrymen.
During the typhoons that ravaged Metro Manila, Manny took a break from his frenetic training for a very important […]


Parliamentary Meeting: Politics of Climate Change Legislation

December 15, 2009

My fellow parliamentarians,
I am pleased and honored to speak before you in this landmark conference on the greatest challenge humanity faces today. Climate change is undeniably in our midst, increasing the risks of disaster in vulnerable cities and communities.
In different parts of the world, like in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific region, climate change has already ushered unprecedented disasters, among the more recent was the flooding in the Philippine capital last September, whose impact on people’s lives shall […]


What to do with the budget

Vice –

December 5, 2009
Chairperson, Sub-Committee D
Committee on Finance
Mr. President, as Vice-Chairperson for Senate Finance Sub-committee D, I have the honor and privilege to co-sponsor and report for the consideration of this august chamber, the proposed budget of the departments and agencies within the coverage of the sub-committee. These are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health, the Office of Muslim Affairs, and the National Youth Commission.
The 1.54-trillion budget for next year was [...]