Loren ushers shower of docusJuly 27, 2013
SHOWER OF DOCU’S: Ever since Sen. Loren Legarda embraced dealing with climate change as her advocacy, her career has been marked by the production of a stream of documentary films, both long and short, aimed at reminding people how to Escape or deal with calamities.
Last Wednesday at the Podium in Ortigas Center, Loren launched her latest film, Ligtas, a 15-minute instructional video on disaster preparedness. The film is directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, who earlier directed Buhos, a film also produced by Loren that explains the science of climate change and its impact on daily life.
“This video is part of my continuing advocacy to educate our people on disaster prevention and preparedness and increase awareness on climate change and the dangers it poses to the community and the need for the public to adapt,” she added.
The senator has also produced other films and documentaries on climate change such as “Ulan sa Tag-Araw: Isang Dokyu-drama Ukol sa Pagbabago ng Klima”, “Ligtas Liles”, an animation movie for children and “Now is the Time” (in partnership with UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction). Loren said she’s happy that after many years, people have now recognized the importance of dealing with climate change. She recalled that more than a decade ago, when ishe would bring up the subject during discussions at the Senate, many seemed uninterested or were clueless about it. Loren was instrumental In passing the Climate Change Act (RA 9729) and its amendatory law (RA 10174), which provides for the creation of the People’s Survival Fund.
In a lighter vein, Loren earned admiration of media members and the public by choosing to be simple and inexpensive when she attended PNoy’s 3rd SoNA last Monday. As in past social outings, she wore ethnic weaves, this time from the Mountain Province.
Other congress women and wives of senators and congressmen should follow the same example and not look at the president’s SoNA like it were a yearly fashion show.