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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 [...]


Ceremonial Lighting of the Tree of Hope

December 4, 2009

Una sa lahat, nais ko kayong batiing lahat ng Magandang Gabi.
Isang malaking karangalan ang maimbita sa okasyong ito.
Masaya ako at napili ninyo akong maging kasama sa gabing ito para buksan ang Tree of Hope ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela.
Alam ko na ito ay naging tradisyon niyo tuwing sasapit ang pasko.
Noong 2004 ay inilawan ninyo ang Tree of Hope para sa mga taga ng Kasarival at Harv na naakpektuhan ng Northrail project.
Binuksan ulit ninyo ang Tree of […]


Manila Overseas Press Club forum

November 26, 2009

Good evening. As always, I am happy to be in the company of the press, having spent some of the most fulfilling and exciting years of my life in the media.
I am one with the Manila Overseas Press Club in the belief that journalism can become an instrument of social change and good government, and of promoting democratic principles, international understanding and national welfare. I would like to commend the MOPC for carrying on the legacy of freedom of […]


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 […]