Legarda calls for mandatory free mass testing, urges for the enactment of Better Normal Bill

January 20, 2022

With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, three-term Senator and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda once again called for mandatory free testing to help prevent the transmission of the virus.
Citing the two Bayanihan laws that embody the national government’s pandemic response and recovery strategies, Legarda stated in a recent interview that there should already be sufficient and accessible COVID-19 testing centers in the country which shall be overseen by the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, in […]

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Legarda continues to provide assistance to Antique coffee farmers

January 14, 2022

Three-term Senator and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda continues to provide support to the growing coffee farmers of Antique. Just recently, Php600,000 worth of processing equipment was recently turned over to the coffee farmers of Bulalacao Calooy Tula-tula Sikap Organization (BCTSO) in Sibalom. This is part of the allocation under the Department of Agriculture’s Provincial Agricultural Commodity Development Program when Legarda was Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.
BCTSO received one unit of coffee roaster, seven units of portable mini chainsaw […]

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Legarda: Recognize that our farmers and fisherfolk are our saviors, provide them with support for climate-resilient agriculture

January 12, 2022

Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda expressed her strong commitment to champion the farmers and fishers, as the country moves towards becoming self-sufficient and food secure, during the AGRI2022 Online Forum.
Highlighting the successes in the province of Antique, which saw significant increases in palay production (27.4%) and yield (3.8%) in 2021, Legarda emphasized, “With the exceptional support of the government: from providing seeds, tools, equipment and market access, self-sufficiency in agriculture can be achieved.” The province of Antique boasts […]

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Legarda seeks P30-Billion in Bridge Fund, Tax, Rent Relief for Restaurant Industry

January 10, 2022

As parts of the country have been placed under Alert Level 3, where businesses are only allowed to operate at 30% indoor capacity and 50% outdoor capacity after the surge in COVID-19 cases, three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda called for the passage of the Restaurant Industry Revival Act under House Bill No. 7610.
“The foodservice industry is in dire crisis. The changes in regulations and restrictions due to the outbreak have severely affected the global and domestic economies. One […]

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Legarda Stresses “Building With Nature” Approach, Pushes for Mangrove Greenbelts in Coastal Communities

January 6, 2022

Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda pushed for the planting and rehabilitation of mangroves along the shorelines of vulnerable coastal communities to serve as natural buffers against storm surges, flooding, erosion, and other climate hazards.
Legarda also called on the Climate Change Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and other national and local government agencies to follow a “Building with Nature” approach to develop and implement ecosystem-based coastal defense […]

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