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Philippine launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development

July 26, 2011

This forum could not come at a more opportune time. Yesterday, we heard the State of the Nation Address (SONA) from our President. I laud President Aquino for speaking on good governance, social protection, and socio-economic gains, among other successes. However, as UNISDR Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for the Asia and the Pacific, I would appreciate the SONA more if the President asserted more clearly how the government will pursue disaster risk reduction and […]


Privilege Speech

“Revealing Risks, Redefining Development”

Mr. President,
As we observe World Environment Day this week, I rise to bring to the attention of this august chamber the main messages of the recently launched 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction of the United Nations, which aims to reveal risks and redefine development.
The world has been seeing the worst, biggest and deadliest disasters over the years –

June 1, 2011
the floods in Pakistan, the earthquakes in Haiti, China and Chile, and the triple tragedy in Japan. [...]


Privilege Speech

“National Heritage Month Celebration 2011”

Our rich Filipino heritage is our birthright, our identity and our legacy. It is however unfortunate that as we face globalization, many of us have lost our connection with our roots.
In the season of celebrating the National Heritage Month, it is but fitting to help bring our culture closer to our people, to reawaken citizens’

May 18, 2011
pride in the Filipino culture and history, and to strengthen our love of country.
Mr. President
Our culture as a Filipino people is threatened [...]


Privilege Speech

“A Tear and Justice for a Fallen Hero of the Forests”

Mr. President,
Efforts to reverse the despoliation of our environment is not a harmless job for our environmental workers. At times, lives are sacrificed.
Elpidio “

May 16, 2011


Committee Report No. 30, Senate Bill No. 2796: “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2011”

Mr. President,
I would like to register my support for the measure Senate Bill No. 2796, the”

May 11, 2011
Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2011″


“Anti-Discrimination Act of 2011”

Discrimination exists in our society. This is a statement we can either refute –

May 11, 2011
if we want to keep on turning a blind eye to this form of injustice


Senate Bill No. 2811, Committee Report No. 34 People’s Survival Fund

May 10, 2011

Mr. President,
The United Nations reported that over the past two decades, the number of recorded disasters has doubled from approximately 200 to over 400 per year. Nine out of every ten of these disasters are said to be climate-related.
Disasters do not only abound. They have also become deadlier. And with climate change, the country is foreseen to suffer stronger typhoons, sea level rise, more flashfloods, more devastating droughts and increased incidence of water and vector-borne diseases.
And to […]


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 […]


SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Speech delivered at the “6th Pamilyang OFW-MSMEs Summer Expo and Handog kay Pnoy Jobs and Livelihood Expo”

March 25, 2011

More than two decades ago, in 1984, the Philippines deployed about 351,000 Filipino workers overseas. By the end of 2008, our annual deployment has reached 1.2 million, about one million land-based and more than 200,000 seafarers.[1] Filipino workers can now be found in almost all countries. In fact, we are second only to the Indians in terms of migration, with about 10% of our total population of 92 million working and residing abroad.
Migration of our workers helps reduce unemployment […]


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

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 —

March 22, 2011
with a far worse scenario if we are not prepared. It is certain that a strong earthquake may occur —