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Message: 29th Library Information Services Month

November 5, 2019

I am honored to be invited as Keynote Speaker in today’s Opening Ceremonies for the 29th Library and Information Services, or LIS, Month. During the session break of Congress, I went to Germany along with officials from the National Book Development Board to lead the Philippine contingent in this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest and most important trade fair for the book publishing industry. An average of more than 7,000 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors visit the annual five-day trade fair. Fortunately for us, and through our hard work and sheer determination, the Philippines made its debut in 2015 after a 15-year absence from the book fair.

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Speech: Introduction to Piña Seda

October 15, 2019

Traditional textiles are ties that bind. It links the past to the present and brings together cultures, which, no matter how diverse, has a commonality.

 

Traditional textiles bring together industries, communities, and people. A fabric or a garment is a synergy among workers and artisans. It is a product of diligence, hard work, and passion.

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Privilege Speech

Privilege Speech: The Global Commission on Adaptation’s Flagship Report “Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience”

September 30, 2019

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

 

These are few of the gripping words spoken by the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, addressing the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday.

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Co-Sponsorship Speech: Joint Resolution Extending the Availability of the 2019 Appropriations for MOOE and CO to December 31, 2020

Co Sponsorship of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda On Committee Report No. 30 House Joint Resolution No. 19: Extending the Availability of the 2019 Appropriations for Maintenance And Other Operating Expenses and Capital Outlay to December 31, 2020 25 September 2019 | Plenary Hall  

September 25, 2019
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Message: UP Resilience Institute Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

September 25, 2019

This very occasion that we are marking today, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Resilience Institute, is an example of how slow the budget cycle can take.  We have long enacted the budget for this project, yet we are witnessing the actual physical manifestation of the implementation of this very important project only today.  But discourse on this perennial concern can be had at another time, for today is a joyous occasion.

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Message: Dialogue with NAST Scientists (DOST)

September 24, 2019

Ang mga dialogue tulad nito ay patunay na hindi natitigil sa apat na sulok ng silid-paaralan ang ating pagtataguyod sa edukasyon. Matatagpuan ang kaalaman kahit sa labas nito, salamat sa mga eksperto at bihasa na handang tumulong at magbahagi ng kanilang mga karanasan.

 

Ang mga dialogue din tulad nito ang nagbibigay-daan upang umusbong sa ating mga mag-aaral ang interes na mag-aral ng siyensiya, naghihikayat na tahakin ang larangan na ito at maging siyentipiko at akademiko.

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Message: Provincial Development Council Meeting

September 24, 2019

As the former Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, I introduced a special provision in this year’s General Appropriations Act that ensures that local development plans are formulated based on a comprehensive consultation among the local development council, the local peace and order council, and the local disaster risk reduction management council, along with other local sectoral councils/committees.

 

By emphasizing the important role of the local development councils, the coordination and relationship among local and provincial offices and agencies are strengthened, which are the keys to achieving inclusive, equitable, resilient and sustainable development not only for our province, but also for the entire nation.

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Message: Provincial Solid Waste Management Board Meeting

September 23, 2019

Hindi lingid sa ating kaalaman ang patuloy na pagbabago sa ating klima at paglaki ng ating problema sa kalikasan.

 

Ang hindi wastong pagtapon ng mga basura ay isa sa mga pangunahing dahilan kung bakit laganap ang polusyon, hindi lamang sa ating probinsya, kung hindi pati na rin sa buong bansa.

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Solidarity Message: Youth Strike for Climate Philippines

September 23, 2019

Today, I stand by the Youth Strike for Climate Philippines — united with the youths all over the world in the Global Climate Strike, and with its demand for ambitious and faster climate action.

 

The climate emergency is unequivocal. And the only fitting response is to change our ways — from our way of thinking and living, to our way of pursuing development.

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Message: 2019 Division Brigada Eskwela Awarding Ceremony

September 20, 2019

Binabati ko ang mga school head, guro, PTA official, local government unit representative, at mga pribadong kumpanya, non-government organization, at iba pang katuwang ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon o DepEd.

 

Ipinagdiriwang natin ngayong araw ang tagumpay ng ating kolektibong pagkilos upang mapabuti ang lagay ng mga mag-aaral sa probinsya. Sa ating sama-samang paglilinis at pag-aayos ng mga silid-aralan, maginhawang sinalubong ng mga kabataang Antiqueño ang bagong pang-akademikong taon.

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