Improve agriculture to curb hunger – Loren

January 19, 2010

THE GOVERNMENT MUST ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN ORDER TO STOP AND REVERSE THE SPREAD OF HUNGER AMONG FILIPINOS, SAID SEN. LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOOD AND AGRICULTURE.
She blamed graft and corruption and inefficiency for the failure of the government to properly implement laws promoting agriculture, such as the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA).
Loren cited reports of the Commission on Audit that indicate “that a lot of graft happens during the implementation […]

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Slashed PDAF may find way into admin’s election kitty – Loren

January 18, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA QUESTIONED TODAY PRESIDENT ARROYO AS TO WHERE THE CUTS IN THE PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FUND (PDAF) OF THE PROPOSED P1.51 TRILLION 2010 NATIONAL BUDGET WILL GO.
“I am hoping that the cuts will not find themselves into the campaign kitty or the war chest of the administration candidates in the May elections,” said Loren.
“We must be vigilant against any juggling of funds. We cannot allow hard-earned taxpayers’ money to be used to get administration bets elected,” […]

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Let’s mobilize more aid for Haiti – Loren

January 18, 2010

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE MAGNITUDE 7 EARTHQUAKE THAT HIT HAITI RECENTLY AND MAY HAVE CAUSED AS MANY AS 200,000 FATALITIES, SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY APPEALED FOR MORE AID TO THE DISASTER-STRICKEN CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRY.
Loren, who is United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia-Pacific, said that Haiti “needs all the help it can get to rebuild lives and restore normalcy.”
Loren made the appeal as the Philippine government prepared to dispatch a 21-member […]

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We must avert a water crisis – Loren

January 17, 2010

THE COUNTRY MAY BE BLESSED WITH ABUNDANT WATER AT THIS TIME, BUT WE FACE AN ACUTE WATER CRISIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE IF WE DO NOT CONSERVE THIS VITAL RESOURCE, ACCORDING TO SEN. LOREN LEGARDA.
Loren pointed out: “Water stress, amplified by climate change, will create a growing security challenge. The changing climate will adversely affect the country’s watersheds and the population of around 24 million, the forests and their biodiversity, as well as 1.5 million of agricultural lands dependent […]

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We must be prepared for a big quake

January 17, 2010

IN THE WAKE OF THE WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION CAUSED BY A MAGNITUDE 7 EARTHQUAKE IN THE CENTRAL AMERICAN NATION OF HAITI, I AM RENEWING MY CALL FOR THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE FIRM MEASURES TO COPE WITH AN EQUALLY POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD PROVE CATASTROPHIC AND CAUSE LOSS OF MANY LIVES AND EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
As United Nation’s Asia Pacific champion for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, I extend my deepest sympathies to the people of Haiti for […]

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