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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 —


Joint Hearing of the Committee on Climate Change and Committee on Environmental & Natural Resources

March 16, 2011

As I speak before you today, Japan is in a state of disaster after a powerful earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit its country and caused widespread destruction. Its grim and tragic aftermath left thousands of people dead, injured, and homeless. As rescue workers dig out victims from the rubble and more people are brought to safety, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Japan, especially to the grieving and displaced families.
Once again, […]


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.”