Technical Briefing on the Joint World Bank-UN Publication: “Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention”

February 10, 2011

Technical Briefing on the Joint World Bank-UN Publication:
“Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention”
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’s growth and […]

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“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 […]

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The Security Implications of Climate Change

January 26, 2011

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’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 […]

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Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day

January 24, 2011

Mr President, my distinguished colleagues:
Today, January 24, has been declared by Malacañang as the “Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day.” The objective is to increase awareness on the use of indigenous fibers and fabrics. Proclamation No. 86 is the government’s recognition of the importance of promoting our nation’s rich resources, particularly our indigenous fibers and fabrics through the implementation of Republic Act 9242, or the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law, which this representation authored in our first term. This measure intends to […]

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Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2010 Committee Report No. 13 / Senate Bill No. 2625

January 17, 2011

Nine hundred forty nine trafficking in persons cases in ten years or nearly a hundred Filipinos victimized each year — such was the situation seven years ago when Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted.
Today, it is estimated that more than 2000 Filipinos fall prey into trafficking each year.
Distinguished colleagues, behind these numbers are stories of individuals whose freedom of choice is impaired by desperation or helplessness, thus rendering them vulnerable to exploitation. Victims […]

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