Legarda Seeks to Institutionalize Pantawid Pamilya Program to Reduce Poverty and Promote Human Capital Dev’t

July 14, 2016

To sustain the gains of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Senator Loren Legarda filed a bill seeking to institutionalize and expand the reach of the program to reduce chronic poverty and promote human capital development in the country.

“The number of household-beneficiaries covered by the 4Ps has risen to around 4.4 million from only 360,000 beneficiaries when it was first implemented in 2008,” Legarda said. However, she noted that while the cash grants provided under the 4Ps may provide immediate social assistance, the program must be viewed as a long-term social development program to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty among the chronically poor families through improvements in their education, health, nutrition and poverty outcomes.

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Legarda Welcomes Ruling on West Phl Sea Case, Laments Destruction of Marine Env’t in Contested Waters

July 13, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda welcomed the decision of the International Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) favoring the Philippines on the West Philippine Sea issue.

“I congratulate the legal team of our country for preparing a very well researched case with the International Tribunal of the PCA. I welcome the impartial, authoritative decisions rendered by the Tribunal and can only hope that these will serve as guideposts for the parties in this dispute,” said Legarda.

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Legarda Files Anew Bill Strengthening Conservation of Protected Areas

July 12, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda has filed anew the proposed Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act, which will strengthen conservation of close to a hundred protected areas in the country.

Senate Bill No. 32 completes the process of declaration of 97 protected areas in the country through amendments to the existing National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Law or Republic Act No. 7586.

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