Privilege Speech of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda
The State of Environment amid the Pandemic
01 September 2021
Mr. Speaker, distinguished colleagues in Congress:
It has been over a year since the pandemic broke and put the whole world into lockdowns, forcing businesses to close and billions of people to suffer. Our health systems were ill-prepared to suppress COVID-19 from claiming the lives of over 4.3 million people worldwide, of which over 29,300 are fellow Filipinos.
More than a year later, or one national […]
At the onset, I would like to thank SPARK! Philippines for inviting me once again to your webinar, in partnership with Czech Embassy and Galing Pook organization. I recall that just this March, I also delivered a message in the roundtable discussion for women and governance. This time, we will be highlighting the importance of women’s role in nation-building as active policy and decision-makers.
I also note that our gathering coincides with this year’s celebration of the National Heroes’ Day. […]
Allow me to start with a couple of questions:
What if we were truly a hive mind, collectively building an economy that is so well matched to our environment, our climate, our culture and our needs?
What if we were not anchored on all the known parameters of success and economic indicators and had a chance to have a post-pandemic economy that is so well matched that we will just sail through our recovery?
Greetings to everyone here who are all positive […]
I am usually accustomed to meet and be with cultural workers and advocates of indigenous peoples and seldom am I in the company of historians—especially those who are into what we call local history. I know Chair Rene Escalante, and Prof. Xiao Chua, since we have worked together especially when we had Road to 500, and I am glad to see here a number of historians from different provinces all over the country, honored to be in your presence. Thank […]Read More
I would like to greet my kasimanwa as the province celebrates the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Week.
MSMEs represent the majority of our enterprises and comprise the largest bulk of our workforce in the country. In 2008, I sponsored and pushed for the enactment of Republic Act 9501, or the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Act, to harness opportunities for employment and livelihood development in the communities.
As the principal sponsor and co-author of this law, we recognize that […]Read More