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Loren to Typhoon Victims: Not Too Late to Start Over

February 1, 2010

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES—SPEAKING TO AN URBAN POOR COMMUNITY YESTERDAY, VICE-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA SHARED HER CLIMATE CHANGE ADVOCACY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SIMPLE, INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS TO AVOID FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
“Big things start with small initiatives. If we do our individual share in taking care of our immediate surroundings, we take one big step towards cleaning our barangays, cities – and eventually our entire country,” said Loren, who chairs the Senate Committee on Climate Change.
Talking to the residents of four barangays in Pasay City’s Zone 7, Loren also encouraged them to follow guidelines on solid waste management, particularly in their households, as this “is the most basic structure of society.” The zone, which was severely flooded during Ondoy and Pepeng last year, is now undergoing a slow and agonizing recovery.
“Environmental protection prevents natural calamities from becoming full-blown human disasters. It is also a key factor in the country’s economic activities, food and water supply and the Filipino’s health,” she reminded the residents.
After showing her docu-drama, Ulan sa Tag-Araw, which explains the perils of climate change on poor communities, Loren proceeded to a feeding program for the zone’s children and youth. She also stopped by a local day-care center and talked to barangay health workers.