Legarda Urges Pinoys to Carbon Fast

June 21, 2013

With 85% of Filipinos saying that they have experienced climate change, Senator Loren Legarda today reiterated her call to practice a low-carbon lifestyle.

A recent SWS survey revealed that 8 out of 10 Filipinos “personally experienced” the effects of climate change.

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Legarda Backs Gov’t Flood Control Project thru River Management, Water Agency Laws

June 20, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today highlighted the need for improved governance in addressing the country’s flood woes as she vowed to support the government’s flood control project through legislation.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, noted the statement of Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson that the agency will finish at least 70 of the 90 ongoing flood control projects by the end of the year.

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Legarda Condemns Reported Sex-for-Fly Ops by 3 Embassy Officials

June 19, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today condemned the reported forced prostitution of distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) allegedly involving three Philippine embassy officials in the Middle East.

The Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations noted news reports which revealed that three Philippine embassy officials are allegedly involved in “sex-for-fly” operations, engaging in acts with fellow Filipinos staying in OFW shelters in Amman, Jordan, Kuwait, and Damascus, Syria in exchange for the Filipino workers’ repatriation.

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Legarda: PHL Making Significant Strides in Protecting Seafarers

June 19, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the country is making significant strides in protecting the rights and welfare of Filipino seafarers both here and abroad through relevant programs and policies.

“Our seafarers will be provided with fair working conditions and the benefits due to them and as their employers will be demanded to provide them with salaries not lower than the minimum wage rate, holiday pay and other special day benefits, weekly rest day, overtime pay, incentive leaves, among other benefits,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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