Loren: Climate crisis is threat to our basic human rights

December 14, 2015

As this year’s observance of International Human Rights Day coincides with a critical climate change conference in Paris, Senator Loren Legarda stressed on Thursday (Dec. 10, 2015) the urgent need to address the climate crisis as a way of upholding basic human rights.

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Senate Ratifies Bicam Report on Proposed 2016 Nat’l Budget

December 14, 2015

The Senate unanimously ratified today the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed Php3.002 Trillion national budget for 2016.

Senator Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, thanked the vice chairpersons of the Committee and other senators for their support in the timely passage of the proposed 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

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Legarda Lauds Paris Climate Agreement, Hopes Nations Will Turn Commitment Into Urgent Action

December 13, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda today lauded the climate agreement forged in Paris following the two-week climate change negotiations involving 195 nations.

“The world has come together in this historic meeting to agree on the actions we need to take for the survival of mankind and of earth itself. The agreement may not be 100% the way we want it to be, but I am optimistic that all nations will be committed to doing their fair share of the deal,” said Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience.

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In 2016 Budget, DPWH, DILG To Build Permanent Evacuation Centers

December 12, 2015

Permanent evacuation centers with green design will be constructed in every region starting next year, said Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.

Legarda introduced a provision in the proposed 2016 national budget to fund four (4) permanent evacuation centers or buildings in every region in the country.

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First Time in Budget: Congress Funds Unpaid Pension for Spouses of WWII Veterans

December 11, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, today said that the unpaid disability pension for surviving spouses of World War II veterans will now be funded, for the very first time since the law on upgrading benefits for military veterans was enacted in 1994.

Under the proposed 2016 national budget, the amount of Php2.723 Billion has been allocated for the payment of total administrative disability (TAD) pension for surviving spouses of deceased World War II veterans.

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