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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bagong Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon

October 23, 2009

Sa mga nakiisa sa inyong lingkod ngayong gabi, marami pong salamat sa inyong pagdalo.
Sa mga kababayan nating Cebuano, maayong gabii sa inyong tanan.
Sa mga kababayan nating Ilonggo, maayong gab-i sa inyo nga tanan.
Sa mga kababayan nating Bicolano, maray na banggi sa indo gabos.
Sa mga kababayan nating Kapampangan, mayap a bengi pu.
Sa mga kababayan nating Ilocano, naimbag nga rabii kadakayo amin.
At sa mga kapatid nating Moslem, assalam alaikum.
Sa lahat ng Pilipino, isang magandang gabi […]

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