Loren Legarda was born
Appeared in a French documentary
When Loren was 11 years old, she first appeared in a French documentary filmed in the Philippines.
Graduated as valedictorian in grade school
She graduated from grade school as valedictorian from Assumption Convent, Herran, Manila.
Loren's first TV commercial
She appeared in her first television commercial for Close-Up at 15 years old.
Loren's first print ad
She appeared in her first print ad for Pond's cold cream.
Loren graduates from high school
She graduated from High School from the Assumption, San Lorenzo, Makati.
Loren’s first break on Television
She first appeared on TV for GMA 7’s What’s Up with former Senator Orly Mercado, who was Loren’s professor at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications. Orly gave her first break on television.
Loren graduates Cum Laude
She graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Broadcast Communications, cum laude. Loren was president of the UP Broadcasting Association.
Loren gets her first job as DJ
She joined Discorama with the Apo Hiking Society on GMA 7 as a DJ, Loren’s first job.
Loren was a news anchor on Newswatch
She first appeared as anchor of Newswatch late night edition - RPN 9 with Pat Lazaro. Loren was the youngest anchor on Philippine television.
Loren’s first cover story
She wrote a cover story for the Daily Express Weekend magazine on National Artist Vicente Manansala. She applied as a writer for Max Soliven’s Manila magazine and was given her first assignment.
Loren’s debut on US Television
She debuted on US Television via KSCI channel 18 in Los Angeles, California as host and producer of Manila Envelope, a pioneering TV magazine for the Filipino community in the West Coast.
Loren anchored Pep Talk
The years when she anchored PEP Talk, one of the most awarded television magazine programs on Philippine television.
Loren anchored The World Tonight
The years when she anchored the highly-regarded and multi-awarded The World Tonight with Angelo Castro, Jr. on ABS-CBN.
Loren receives a Catholic Mass Media Hall of Fame Award
She received a Catholic Mass Media Hall of Fame award from the Archdiocese of Manila for PEP Talk.
Loren launches PEP Talk print version
She launched PEP Talk, the book, the print version of the acclaimed TV magazine.
The years when she anchored the Inside Story, an award-winning investigative program, which brought Loren to the hinterlands and to the most remote areas of the archipelago.
Loren receives the Ten Outstanding Young Men Award
She received the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award from the Philippines Jaycees for broadcast media.
Loren completes her Master's Degree in National Security Administration
She completed her Master's Degree in National Security Administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines, thus becoming a reserve officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel. She was the topnotcher while being the youngest in class.
Loren receives The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service Award
She received The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS) award for excellence in media.
Loren receives the Benigno Aquino Award for Journalism
She was a recipient of the Benigno Aquino award for journalism.
Loren hosts Earth Link
She hosted Earth Link, a pioneering environmental program on television which made it to the finals of the New York television awards.
Loren establishes Luntiang Pilipinas
She established the Luntiang Pilipinas Foundation where she spearheaded the planting of 2 million trees in public spaces across the country, a work cited by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Loren becomes the youngest woman Senator of the Philippines
She became the youngest woman Senator of the Philippines, garnering more than 15 million votes.
Loren represents the PHL in the Asia-Europe Foundation Young Parliamentarians Meeting
Being the youngest Senator in the 11th Congress, Loren represented the Philippine Senate in the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Young Parliamentarians Meeting held in Cebu City.
Loren was successful in peace negotiations
Loren was instrumental in the successful peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People's Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front (NDF) thus securing the peaceful and unconditional release of 6 military and police captives from different parts of the country.
Loren as panelist in the APEC Women Leaders' Network Meeting in New Zealand
Loren was invited as one of the panelists in the APEC Women Leaders' Network Meeting held in Wellington, New Zealand where she spoke about the Philippine government's efforts on sustainable development.
Loren was named as Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum
She was named one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Loren in the film Marcova: Comfort Gay
Loren portrayed herself as a journalist in the full-length film "Marcova: Comfort Gay".
Ecological Solid Waste Management Act is passed into law
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act became a law principally authored by Loren.
Release of Major Noel Buan through the efforts of Loren
After almost two years in captivity, Major Noel Buan was released to a humanitarian mission led by Loren, together with Bishop Jesus Varela and Bishop Tomas Millamena, in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro by his NPA captors.
Loren wins the UNEP Award
She won the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) award in Turin, Italy for her significant contributions to environmental work.
Loren is voted as Senate majority floor leader
She was voted by her peers in the Senate as majority floor leader, the first woman to occupy such post.
Release of Arlyn dela Cruz
Broadcast journalist Arlyn dela Cruz was released in Sulu by Muslim captors through Loren's intervention.
December 30, 2003
Loren runs for Vice President
She decided to run as Vice President with the opposition party, Kilusan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) as Fernando Poe Jr.'s running mate.
February - May 2004
Loren campaigns all over the country for Vice President
Loren embarked on a gruelling 3 month campaign for the vice presidency amid heart-warming response from people all over the country.
July 23, 2004
Loren files electoral protest
She filed her vice presidential electoral protest after the elections that were marred by irregularities and fraud.
Loren becomes an awardee for the environment by the Priyadarshni Academy in Mumbai, India
She became an awardee for the environment by the Priyadarshni Academy in Mumbai, India.
Loren on Real Stories
She aired the first episode of Real Stories, another breakthrough public affairs program on ABC5 during her television comeback. Real Stories received the KBP Golden Dove award, the first for ABC5.
Loren at the Beijing Conference on the Environment
She represented the Philippines in the Beijing conference on the environment where she delivered a paper on the state of the Philippine environment.
Loren's battle for truth
With the Supreme Court giving Loren's electoral protest due course, the retabulation of election returns and revision of ballots have begun. Findings indicate massive fraud. She is vindicated. Loren's battle for truth continues.
The Story of Loren Legarda: Her Legacy and Vision is launched
"The Story of Loren Legarda: Her Legacy and Vision", a book written by Maria Rosa Nieva Carrion-Buck, MNSA and Maria Lourdes Javier-Brillantes, MA was launched.
February - May 2007
Loren files her candidacy in the senatorial elections
Loren filed her candidacy in the senatorial elections and joined the campaign trail of the Genuine Opposition.
Loren proclaimed as No. 1 Senator in 2007 Senatorial Elections
Loren emerged and was proclaimed as the No. 1 winner in the 2007 Senatorial Elections where she won with 18 million votes. She currently holds the distinction of being the only woman senator to top the Senate race twice.
Loren at the 117th Inter Parlimentary Union Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland
As Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, Loren joined the 117th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland where she spoke about the need to strengthen the monitoring mechanisms for overseas development assistance (ODAs) to make sure that they reach the intended beneficiaries.
Loren facilitates release of a former colleague in ABS-CBN, Yes Drilon
Loren facilitated the release of a former colleague in ABS-CBN, Ces Drilon, from captivity by factions of the Abu Sayyaf in the province of Sulu.
Loren co-convenes Roundtable Consultative Meeting for Parlimentarians
Loren co-convenes the Roundtable Consultative Meeting for Parliamentarians, together with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), which espouses Disaster Risk Reduction as a Tool for Climate Change Adaptation.
Loren is appointed as the Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction
Loren is appointed as the Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, a title designated by the UNISDR on someone from the region who embodies its mission and ideals in advocating and advancing disaster risk reduction.
"Loren: A Celebration of Life and Nature" book is launched
Launching of the book, "Loren: A Celebration of Life and Nature" written by Maria Rosa "Bing" Nieva Carrion-Buck, MNSA.
Loren addresses the Bhutan National Sensitization Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction
Loren addresses the Bhutan National Sensitization Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in her first official country mission as the Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. She encouraged the delegates to incorporate and articulate disaster risk reduction as a pillar and an integral part of their laudable development concept of Gross National Happiness. She highlighted the need to make disaster risk reduction a primary strategy for sustainable development and adapting to climate change.
Loren delivers a speech before the International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender in Beijing, China attended by parliamentarians and delegates from 43 countries, UN agencies and civil societies. The conference adopted the Beijing Agenda for Global Action on Gender-Sensitive Disaster Risk Reduction. This Declaration embodies the firm conviction and commitment of delegates from around the world to mainstream gender into disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies and programs.
Loren delivers the keynote speech at the Forum on the Human Impact of Climate Change in Geneva
Loren delivers the keynote speech at the Forum on the Human Impact of Climate Change in Geneva where she reiterated her call for a new brand of politics and governance in order to address growing disaster risks. She imparted a doctrine she introduced at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, the LEGARDA DOCTRINE - a new development thinking, a more holistic development philosophy, a kind of development that is founded on sustainable and equitable socio-economic development, ecosystems protection, cultural resilience, and good governance, which must be adopted by world leaders.
Loren also delivers the keynote speech at the Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Geneva where she challenged world leaders with a call for a new brand of politics and governance to address disaster risks - the kind of politics and governance that shepherds proactive laws and policies, as certain as their implementation, and translates political commitments to real actions. She highlighted the importance of developing new policies that would strengthen people's resilience to disasters, promote synergy between CCA and DRR, develop investments for DRR, and promote indigenous knowledge systems and gender equality.
Loren leads a UNISDR High-Level Advocacy Mission to the Republic of Maldives
Loren leads a UNISDR High-Level Advocacy Mission to the Republic of Maldives that sealed an agreement between Maldives and UNISDR to define a comprehensive disaster risk reduction strategy for the island-nation and find means for the UN and other partners to help the country implement this strategy. Activities under this agreement commence immediately with UNISDR together with partners assisting the government in the development of a Strategic National Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (SNAP) and convening a partners and donors forum to implement the plan.
The University of the Philippines - Los Baños names a hybrid of Gumamela after Loren -the "hibiscus rosa-sinensis Loren Legarda" -- to memorialize her dedication to serve the public, especially in the field of environmental legislation.
Loren formally declares her vice-presidential bid during the launch of her humanitarian project "Lingkod Loren" held at the Luneta Park
Loren formally declares her vice-presidential bid during the launch of her humanitarian project "Lingkod Loren" held at the Luneta Park, unveiling her seven-point agenda: (1)advance a pro-people leadership, (2)take on a more holistic development philosophy, founded on the principles of sustainable and equitable socio economic development, (3)promote environmental protection, (4)protect the rights and welfare of overseas Filipino workers, (5)work towards a just and lasting peace, (6)strengthen the role of women in development and involve them in all aspects of decision-making and (7)restore pride in our culture.
The Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009 (RA 9729) is a landmark legislation principally authored and sponsored by Loren is signed into law.
Loren files her vice-presidential candidacy under a "green platform of governance"
Loren files her vice-presidential candidacy under a "green platform of governance".
Loren receives a "Kalikasan award" from the Philippine Society for the Study of Nature for her valuable efforts in saving and promoting the environment.
Loren delivers a speech at the parliamentary meeting of the 15th Conference of Parties, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark
Loren delivers a speech on climate change legislation and climate justice at the parliamentary meeting of the 15th Conference of Parties, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. She called on parliamentarians to legislate climate change responses just like the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009. She also made a statement at a high-level forum on Investing in Women's Leadership for Climate Solutions conducted by the Global Gender and Climate Alliance where she called on world leaders to adopt gender-sensitive and gender responsive policies and programs.
At the Copenhagen Climate summit, she challenged US President Barrack Obama to walk his talk and effect drastic cuts on America's carbon emissions to prove his country's responsiveness to the threat of climate change.
Loren marks her 50th birthday with a humanitarian mission
Senator Loren Legarda marked her 50th birthday with a humanitarian mission celebration in San Pablo, Laguna. Loren who is known for giving away seedlings as gifts during events and other occasions has already planted 2 million trees all over the country and leads an advocacy for the reduction of disaster risks in times of climate change and natural calamities in the country.
February 2010 - May 2010
Loren embarks on a 3-month campaign for Vice President
Loren Legarda embarked on a 3-month campaign for the vice-presidency. Going around the country gave her the opportunity to inspect El Niño stricken areas in many provinces and reach out to farmers and rural folks. She continued her humanitarian missions and public showing of environmental films throughout the campaign.
Loren delivers her State of the Climate Speech at the Senate
Senator Legarda delivered her State of the Climate Speech during the opening of the 15th Congress. In her speech, Senator Legarda challenged leaders of the country to re-think development, campaigning for the kind of development that transcends traditional economic yardsticks such as GDP; and the kind founded on socio-economic progress, ecosystems protection, cultural resilience and good governance.
Loren launches Buhos, a documentary on climate change
Senator Loren Legarda launched Buhos, a documentary on climate change directed by Cannes best director and Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, at Cinema 3 of SM Mall of Asia. This is her gift to the Filipino people to raise awareness about global warming and climate change.
Loren launches Redefining Development
Senator Loren Legarda launches her gift to the world-a UN book entitled "Redefining Development", authored by her official biographer Bing Carrion and published in partnership with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) at the Quezon Ballroom of Shangri-la Makati.
November 25 to 27 2010
Loren organizes Meet with Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and Senator Loren Legarda jointly organized a three-day Consultative Meeting with Asian Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development. The meeting focused on information sharing and knowledge exchange on the necessity of and approaches to making disaster risk reduction an essential part of attaining the MDGs.
Loren celebrates her 51st birthday in Malabon
Loren Legarda celebrates her 51st birthday through her Lingkod Loren humanitarian program in the city of Malabon. The advocacy fair includes medical and dental missions by doctors from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute and the Department of Health, breast screening by Bessie B. Legarda (BBL) Memorial Foundation and Gift2Life Foundation,free haircut and a feeding activity for the benefit of residents in barangays' San Agustin, Potrero and Tañong.
February 9, 2011
Loren and UNISDR organize a high-level technical briefing
The UNISDR and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda jointly organize a high-level technical briefing by World Bank-Philippines country director Bert Hofman at the Philippine Senate. Hofman discussed the latest report by the World Bank and the United Nations titled, "Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Promotion." It was attended by legislators, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, non-government associations, the academe and medical institutions.
February 10, 2011
Loren spearheads launch of "Making Cities Resilient, My City is Getting Ready"
Senator Loren Legarda spearheads the launch of the "Making Cities Resilient, My City is Getting Ready" campaign of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) at the East Rembo Elementary School in Makati City. Thirteen mayors from the National Capital Region and the Alliance of Seven commit to the United Nation's Ten Essential Actions to Reduce Disaster Risks, which include investing more in disaster risk reduction, preparing and sharing risk assessments, ensuring early warning systems are in place, and protecting ecosystems to reduce the impact of floods, cyclones, and storm surges, among other natural hazards.
March 04, 2011
Loren attends 2nd National Forum on DRR and CCA in Viet Nam
As Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation(CCA), Senator Loren Legarda attends the second National Forum on DRR and CCA in Hanoi, Viet Nam as keynote speaker at the invitation of the Government of Vietnam. The five largest cities of Viet Nam-Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, HaiPhong, Can Tho and Da Nang-pledged to make their cities safer against disasters.
May 03, 2011
Loren was elected Founding Chair of the Asia Pacific Institute for Green Development
Senator Loren Legarda was elected Founding Chair of the Asia Pacific Institute for Green Development, which works to raise people's awareness and mobilize action among governments and various sectors in ensuring a green and disaster-resilient development.
July 26, 2011
Loren leads the PHL launch of the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction at the Senate
Senator Loren Legarda leads the Philippine launch of the United Nations' Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction at the Senate. In launching the flagship report of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) titled Revealing Risks, Redefining Development, key findings of the report were featured and the event served as a forum to discuss its implications to the country and examine gaps in the government's disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures, as well as propose priority interventions.
September 09, 2011
Loren convenes IP Assembly in Baguio City
Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, convenes the assembly of indigenous peoples (IPs) of Luzon in Baguio City. The consultations seek the perspectives of various IP leaders as well as identify appropriate measures to address their identified concerns.
September 16, 2011
Loren visits southern provinces for the Mindanao IP Assembly
Senator Loren Legarda visits southern provinces for the Mindanao IP assembly in Davao del Norte. As a sign of gratitude for advancing IP concerns, the cultural communities of Mindanao adopted Sen. Legarda as "Bae Matumpis," which means "The one who takes care".
September 23, 2011
Loren convenes IP assembly in the Visayas
Senator Loren Legarda convenes the IP assembly in Iloilo City in Visayas. This was the third and last of a series before the culminating event-the National Indigenous Cultural Summit. The Panay-Bukidnon from Visayas declared Sen. Legarda as a "daughter of Panay-Bukidnon" and gave her the name Cuyong Adlaw Dulpa-an Labaw sa Kadunggan, which translates to "shining sun rising in power".
September 30, 2011
Loren launches the Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook
Senator Loren Legarda launches the Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook that was accomplished by the Senate Committee on Climate Change, which she chairs. The handbook aims to educate citizens how to prepare for and respond to both natural and human-induced hazards. It also includes basic information on the causes, possible risks, what to do during and after the occurrence of hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, tropical cyclones, flood, storm surges, thunderstorms, tornadoes, landslides, heat waves, structural collapses and fire.
October 14, 2011
Loren convenes 1st Indigenous Cultural Summit
Senator Loren Legarda, convenes the First Indigenous Cultural Summit. It served as a platform to identify the concerns of the Indigenous Peoples; help address their needs through legislation and government initiatives; and empower them as they seek to preserve their cultural integrity and achieve the sustainable development of their ancestral lands.
November 11, 2011
Loren receives Asian Leader Award for Environment Policy, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
Senator Loren Legarda receives the Asian Leader Award for Environment Policy, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in The First Seagull Philippines Asian Leaders Awards. The award was conferred to Senator Legarda for exemplifying "the courage of a human being, a woman, a mother, a stateswoman and an Asian leader who, being aware of the severe onslaught on Mother Earth, has chosen to fight this battle through non-stop legislation and policy making."
March 13, 2012
The Senator Loren Legarda Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge starts with a talk about the Philippine and Southeast Asian Textiles
The Senator Loren Legarda Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge, a bi-monthly lecture held in the Textile Galleries in National Museum commences with a talk about the Philippine and Southeast Asian Textiles in the Peter the Great Museum Collection delivered by Dr. Maria Stanyukovich, Chair of Australia, Oceania and Indonesia, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, Russia.
March 15, 2012
Loren convenes the Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila Area
Senator Loren Legarda convenes the Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) at the Quezon City Hall. The forum aims to increase local understanding of disaster and climate science, impacts, and policy responses; encourage disaster and climate-proofing of development plans and learn from successful experiences from the field.
May 18, 2012
Loren inaugurates Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textile, the country's first permanent textile gallery
As the country celebrates National Heritage Month, Senator Loren Legarda inaugurates "Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textile", the Philippines' first permanent textile galleries at the National Museum.
June 7, 2012
Loren delivers keynote address at the Collaboration Workshop for the Pampanga River Basin
Senator Loren Legarda delivers the keynote address at the Collaboration Workshop for the Pampanga River Basin held at the Oxford Hotel in Angeles City.
July 9, 2012
Loren tours Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile galleries
Senator Loren Legarda tours Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile galleries and hosts a cocktail reception in honor the Queen at the National Museum.
July 19, 2012
Loren partners with the DILG and the Spanish Cooperation Agency in the Collaboration Workshop for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin
Senator Loren Legarda partners with the DILG and Spanish Cooperation Agency in the Collaboration Workshop for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin at the Mallberry Suites Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. Legarda urged leaders of Typhoon Sendong-affected areas in 2011 to make their communities safer, more resilient, and more prepared to respond whenever a disaster strikes.
August 6, 2012
Loren successfully pushes for the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of ILO 189
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations, successfully pushed for the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of ILO Convention 189 (Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers). This will greatly improve the employment conditions and protect the rights of about 3.4 million Filipino domestic workers worldwide. Under this convention, domestic workers should be accorded decent working conditions, just compensation and sufficient benefits they deserve.
August 12, 2012
Loren leads sponsorship of the Senate concurrence in the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
The Senate concurred in the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which was sponsored by Senator Loren Legarda. This global milestone establishes the bill of rights of 1.2 million seafarers worldwide, 400,000 of whom are Filipinos. MLC, 2006, dubbed as the seafarer's Bill of Rights, establishes the right to a safe and secure workplace that complies with safety standards; right to fair terms of employment; right to decent working and living conditions on board ship; and right to health protection, medical care, welfare measures and other forms of social protection. She continues to work towards full implementation of the Convention.
October 01, 2012
Loren files for re-election
Senator Loren Legarda files her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for her re-election bid in the 2013 Senatorial Elections.
October 13, 2012
Loren is recognized by the UNISDR as a Hero of Resilience
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) recognizes Senator Loren Legarda as a Hero of Resilience. She is the only Filipino and one of only few recognized as heroes of resilience by the UNISDR in celebration of 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction.
October 16, 2012
Senate commends Legarda for being a Hero of Resilience
The Senate of the Philippines adopts Senate Resolution 886, a Resolution Commending Senator Loren Legarda for Having Been Recognized by the United Nations International Disaster Reduction as a Hero of Reslience.
October 17, 2012
Loren launches HIBLA Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves of the Philippines at the Manila DAME
Senator Loren Legarda launches the HIBLA Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves of the Philippines, a highlight of the Manila FAME Design and Lifestyle Event 2012 from October 17 to 20 at the SMX Convention Center. HIBLA is a showcase of the artistry, culture and heritage of our indigenous peoples.
December 17, 2012
Loren votes for the RH Bill
Senator Loren Legarda votes for the Reproductive Health bill.
December 20, 2012
Loren welcomes Musee du Quai Branly President Stéphane Martin, and Constance de Monbrison, curator
Senator Loren Legarda welcomes Musée du Quai Branly President, Stéphane Martin, and Ms. Constance de Monbrison, curator at the Musée du Quai Branly, who visited in the country for the 2013 Philippine Exhibition at the Paris-based museum.
January 7, 2013
Loren kicks off distribution of geohazard maps
Senator Loren Legarda kicks off the distribution of geohazard maps to municipalities in the country during her visit to the province of Compostela Valley. She emphasized the importance of geohazard maps in community development, planning and disaster-prevention.
January 10, 2013
Loren lauds winners and participants in the
Senator Loren Legarda lauds the winners and participants in the "Best School Forest Park" program during the awarding ceremonies at the Department of Education (DepEd) Complex, stressing that their involvement in the project is a significant step towards environmental protection.
January 21, 2013
Loren opens the "Tungo sa Isang Luntiang Pilipinas: Best School Forest Park Program" exhibit
Senator Loren Legarda opens the "Tungo sa Isang Luntiang Pilipinas: Best School Forest Park Program" exhibit at the Philippine Senate.
January 22, 2013
Loren leads the turnover ceremony of a rapid deployment tent donated by the French company UTILIS
Senator Loren Legarda leads the turnover ceremony of a rapid deployment tent donated by the French company UTILIS to the Department of Health (DOH). These rapid deployment tents are valuable equipment for disaster response.
January 27, 2013
Legarda files bill to promote welfare of OFWs
Senator Loren Legarda files a bill to better promote the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) through a new charter for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
January 30, 2013
Loren celebrates the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of the agreement between the PHL govt and the UNESCO to establish the Southeast Asian Center for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development
Senator Loren Legarda celebrates the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of the agreement between the Philippine government and the UNESCO to establish the Southeast Asian Center for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development (SEA CLLSD) in the country.
March 9, 2013
Loren announces plan to establish LIFE or the Legarda Institute for Environment
During her visit to the Province of Leyte, Senator Loren Legarda announces her plan to establish LIFE or the Legarda Institute for Environment.
March 15, 2013
Loren celebrates the glory of the award-winning Brillante Ma. Mendoza film, "Thy Womb"
Senator Loren Legarda celebrates the glory of the award-winning Brillante Ma. Mendoza film, "Thy Womb", through a special screening at the Podium Mall.
Loren wins her re-election bid
Incumbent senator Loren Legarda wins her re-election bid for her third term in the Senate as the second most-voted candidate with 18,661,196 votes. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officially proclaimed Loren Legarda as Senator of the 16th Congress of the Philippines on 16 May 2013.
June 19, 2013
Loren hails enactment into law of the National Health Insurance Act
Senator Legarda, principal author of the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, hails its enactment into law. Said measure will provide indigent Filipinos access to basic healthcare services through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
June 22, 2013
UP chooses Loren as Distinguished Alumna for Environmental Protection and Climate Change Adaptation
Citing her contribution in protecting the environment and pushing for climate change adaptation policies, the University of the Philippines, her alma mater, chooses Senator Loren Legarda as its Distinguished Alumna for Environmental Protection and Climate Change Adaptation.
July 24, 2013
Loren leads launch and special screening of Ligtas
Senator Loren Legarda, in partnership with SM Cinemas, leads the launch and special screening of Ligtas, an instructional video on disaster preparedness, which she produced and was directed by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.
September 20, 2013
Loren launches twin cultural exhibits at the National Museum
Senator Loren Legarda launches twin cultural exhibits at the National Museum, namely the expanded permanent textile gallery at the Museum of the Filipino People and the Baybayin Gallery.
October 13, 2013
Loren, together with the UNISDR, launch the first Philippine Resilience Awards
Senator Loren Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia Pacific, together with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, launch the first Philippine Resilience Awards.
November 8, 2013
Loren leads PHL delegation to UNESCO's 37th General Conference in Paris, France
Senator Legarda leads the Philippine delegation to UNESCO’s 37th General Conference in Paris, France, where she promotes intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace.
November 27, 2013
Loren attends the Women in Parliaments - Global Forum in Brussels, Belgium
Senator Loren Legarda represents the President at the Women in Parliaments – Global Forum Annual Summit and receives, on behalf of the Filipino people, the prestigious Award for Leadership on Closing the Gender Gap (Winner by Region: Southeast Asia) at awarding ceremonies at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
December 19, 2013
Loren welcomes the visit to the PHL of UNSG Ban Ki Moon
Senator Loren Legarda welcomes the visit to the Philippines of the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Ban Ki Moon in light of the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda.
January 24, 2014
Loren calls for significant reductions in GHG emissions
Senator Loren Legarda calls for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and promotion of renewable energy development at the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Forum 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.
February 19, 2014
Loren welcomes Sir David King, the UK Special Representative for Climate Change
Senator Loren Legarda stresses the role of legislators in seeking solutions brought about by the warming climate as she welcomes Sir David King, the UK Special Representative for Climate Change in a forum “The Politics of Climate Change and the 21st Century Challenges.”
February 27, 2014
Loren Legarda and Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, renew their call for greater action and enhanced cooperation among sectors of society to build the Philippines’ resilience
Senator Loren Legarda and Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, renew their call for greater action and enhanced cooperation among sectors of society to build the Philippines’ resilience.
March 2, 2014
Legarda delivers speech at the East Asia Summit Climate Change Adaptation Workshop
Senator Loren Legarda shares the Philippines’ “long and arduous journey” towards policies and action on climate adaptation and disaster resilience at the East Asia Summit Climate Change Adaptation Workshop organized by the Australian Government.
March 4, 2014
Legarda launches UN Global Programme on Safe Schools
Senator Loren Legarda echoes UN call for the Philippines to be a leader country in building safe schools. The Senator, in partnership with the Department of Education and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launch the UN Global Programme on Safe Schools in the Philippines.
March 7, 2014
Loren launches the “Abel Ilokana: Celebrating Women Weavers from Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Abra” at the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Gallery
Senator Loren Legarda, in partnership with the National Museum, launches the “Abel Ilokana: Celebrating Women Weavers from Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Abra” at the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Gallery.
April 22, 2014
Loren launches documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity
In partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Senator Loren Legarda launches a documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity, the first of a series of mini-docus aimed to educate the public on the protection of our natural resources. It is the third collaboration between Legarda and internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza, following “Buhos” and “Ligtas”.
April 30, 2014
Loren delivers speech at Google's Crisis Response Summit
During her speech at Google’s Crisis Response Summit, Senator Loren Legarda urges Internet search engine Google to develop a “Google Risk Finder” similar to the Google Person Finder that helps people find missing persons during times of disasters.
May 22, 2014
Loren delivers statement at the session, Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks, of the World Economic Forum
Senator Loren Legarda encourages both government and the business sector to include resilience at the core of private and public governance, stressing that disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) is a wise investment. She made the statement as part of the panel for the interactive session, Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks, of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia at the Makati Shangri-la.
June 5, 2014
Loren speaks at the plenary session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and management
Speaking at the plenary session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Senator Loren Legarda says that empowering women is part of the change that needs to be introduced in the face of the “new norm.”
June 7, 2014
Loren highlights challenge of teanslating knowledge into practice to effectively manage disasters in Beijing, China
Senator Loren Legarda highlights the challenge of translating knowledge into practice to effectively manage disasters and reduce risks, during her opening keynote speech at the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Conference 2014 in Beijing, China.
July 21, 2014
Loren hails graduates of Escuela Taller de Intramuros
Senator Loren Legarda urges Filipinos to be “heritage warriors” who will defend and conserve the tangible and intangible heritage handed down by our forefathers. She made the statement as she hailed the graduates of Escuela Taller de Intramuros, who are heritage warriors in their own right as they restore deteriorating or damaged built heritage.
July 25, 2014
Loren, the DFA and the NCCA announce open call for curatorial proposals for the 2015 PHL Participation to the Venice Biennale
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, announces the Philippine participation to the 2015 Venice Biennale through an open call for curatorial proposals.
July 27, 2014
Legarda pays tribute to Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary inscription to the UNESCO by wearing a Mandaya outfit to the SONA
As a tribute to the recent inscription of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Senator Loren Legarda wears a traditional Mandaya outfit at the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
September 2, 2014
Loren convenes 2nd National IP Cultural Summit
Senator Loren Legarda convenes the 2nd National IP Cultural Summit from September 2-5, 2014. This event, organized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Office of Sen. Legarda, is a venue for IPs to raise their pressing concerns and engage in improving policies and programs that will benefit indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) in the country.
September 7, 2014
NCCA, DFA, Office of Senator Legarda announce selection of winning curatorial proposal to the 2015 Venice Biennale
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in partnership with the Office of Senator Legarda, announces the selection of Dr. Patrick Flores’ curatorial proposal titled, Tie A String Around the World, as the official Philippine participation at the 56th Venice Art Biennale 2015. Legarda, who initiated the country’s return to the prestigious contemporary art exhibition after 50 years of absence, and five other jurors selected Flores’ proposal. Members of the panel include panel NCCA Chairperson Felipe De Leon, Jr.; Cid Reyes, one of the country’s top art critics; Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan; Paul Pfeiffer, a New York based sculptor, photographer and video artist who already participated in the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001; and Renaud Proch, Executive Director of Independent Curators International.
September 12, 2014
Loren represents the PHL at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan
Senator Loren Legarda represents the Philippines at the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo, Japan, where she stresses the role of women in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and raised the issue of economic empowerment of the female population during a group meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Legarda, the only Philippine participant in the high level symposium, along with six other participants from Asia, had a meeting with Prime Minister Abe following the opening program of the assembly on September 12, 2014.
Loren authors resolution to recognize F. Sionil Jose's contribution to literature and journalism
Senator Legarda authors Senate Resolution 1045 to recognize F. Sionil Jose’s contribution to literature and journalism.
Loren congratulates the city government of Vigan for the inclusion of Vigan in the New7Wonders Cities
Senator Legarda congratulates the city government of Vigan, led by Mayor Eva Singson Medina, for the inclusion of the Historic City of Vigan in the New7Wonders Cities.
Loren files Resolution on the proposal to refer to the ICJ for an Advisory Opinion on the question of legal duties of states to protect humankind from the climate crisis
Senator Legarda, UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, files Senate Resolution No. 1030, calling on President Benigno Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario to formally inscribe on the agenda for the 70th Session (2015) of the UNGA, the proposal to refer to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an Advisory Opinion the question, “Under international law, what are the legal duties of states to protect humankind of the present and future generations from the climate crisis?”
December 15, 2014
Loren delivers privilege speech on the International Day Against Human Trafficking
Senator Legarda delivers a privilege speech on the International Day Against Human Trafficking. In her speech, the senator called for strengthened information and education campaign to combat human trafficking.
December 21, 2014
Loren organizes Heritage Mapping Lecture
Senator Legarda organizes a Heritage Mapping lecture by Associate Professor Eric Babar Zerrudo titled, “Heritage, Makakain Ba ‘Yan?” for members of the Senate media, her staff and friends. The lecture highlights the importance of heritage and how it can actually lead to meaningful progress.
Attendees were National Artist F. Sionil Jose, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairperson Felipe De Leon Jr., Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Mundita Lim, and Habi: The Philippine Textile Council members led by its Chairperson Maribel Ongpin.
Loren meets with Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, Mr. Nicolas Hulot
Senator Legarda meets with the Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, Mr. Nicolas Hulot. The meeting was focused on how the two nations can work together to mitigate climate change and ensure that nations affected are able to adapt to its effects.
The senate adopts Legarda's Senate Resolution No. 1044, which affirms the Senate’s support to the review of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations and special political missions.
Loren invites weavers from Laos for a lecture at the National Museum
The Senator Loren Legarda Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge invites weavers from Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) for a lecture in the National Museum and to showcase the various techniques involved in producing the intricately designed handmade textiles which made their nation famous in Southeast Asia.
Loren reads the PHL-France joint statement opposite French actress and environmentalist Marion Cotillard at the launch of the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change
Senator Legarda reads the Philippines-France joint statement opposite French actress and environmentalist Marion Cotillard at the launch of the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change in Malacañang.
The document is a joint appeal of the two nations urging the international community towards climate action and cooperation, and to ensure a successful global climate agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015.
Loren delivers PHL official statement at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan
Sen. Loren Legarda delivers, on the president’s behalf, the Philippine official statement at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDDR) in Sendai, Japan.
The senator also chaired the High Level Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogue on Mobilizing Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction. The event is one of the high level dialogues at the conference.
Loren launches Antique: Coral Restoration Project
Senator Legarda launches Antique: Coral Restoration Project, a documentary on the protection of coral reefs and efforts to restore the rainforest of the seas.
The video was produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It was directed by Brillante Mendoza and features underwater videography and photography of the Network of Underwater Digital Imagers (NUDI).
PHL returns to the PHL after 51 years
The Philippines returns to the Venice Biennale after 51 years since its first participation in 1964. This was made possible through the joint effort of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, and with the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines.
The Philippine Pavilion—exhibiting Patrick D. Flores’ curatorial proposal, Tie A String Around The World, featuring the works of Manuel Conde and Carlos Francisco (for the film Genghis Khan), Jose Tence Ruiz (for the installation Shoal), and Manny Montelibano (for the multi-channel video, A Dashed State)—has been chosen as a must-see national pavilion by several art institutions and news organizations.
Taklub, inspired by Loren's advocacy on disaster risk reduction, premieres at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in France
The film, Taklub, inspired by Senator Legarda's advocacy on disaster risk reduction and directed by Brillante Mendoza, premieres at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in France as part of the Un Certain Regard selection.
“Taklub” won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival. It was produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office-Philippine Information Agency.
Loren files resolution expressing condolences on the passing of Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee Lang Dulay
Sen. Legarda files Senate Resolution (SRN) 1378 which expressed “profound sympathy and sincere condolence of the Senate of the Philippines on the death of Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee and National Living Treasure Master Dreamweaver Lang Dulay.”
Loren is given the Legion of Honor award from the French government
Sen. Loren Legarda is given the Legion of Honor award from the French government for her “invaluable contribution in strengthening the ties between the Philippines and France.” The title “Chevalier dans I’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur” or the Legion of Honor with the rank of Knight (Chevalier) is one of the most prestigious distinctions being given by the French government.
Sen. Loren Legarda joins over 40 religious leaders and climate activists around the world at the Summit of the Consciences for the Climate held in Paris to encourage everyone to protect the planet. Legarda is one of the panelists for the plenary session "Inspiring the World to care, Igniting the will to act for the climate." The Summit is a highlight in the preparation for COP21, which will be hosted by France in December 2015.
Sen Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Cultural Communities, Environment and Natural Resources, and Climate Change, launches the coffee table book titled, Guardians of the Forest, Stewards of the Land, a documentation of indigenous forest practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The project is a joint undertaking of the Office of Senator Legarda, the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC), the State Universities and Colleges of the Cordillera Administrative Region Research, Development and Extension Consortium (SUCCARRDEC), and the Cordillera Indigenous Knowledge Network (CordIKnowN).
Medalla performs at the Palazzo Mora for a collateral event of the PHL Pavilion
Internationally renowned Filipino artist David Medalla performs at the Palazzo Mora in a collateral event of the Philippine Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Senator Loren Legarda, visionary behind the country’s return to the Venice Biennale after 51 years of absence, also initiated the idea of a Medalla performance at the Philippine Pavilion.
Senator Loren Legarda is elected as chairperson of the Senate Finance Committee.
October 01, 2015
Loren launches Dayaw
Senator Loren Legarda launches Dayaw, a six-part documentary on indigenous peoples in celebration of October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month. “Dayaw” is a project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and ANC, supported by the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.
October 02, 2015
Loren welcomes country's commitment to reduce GHG emissions
Senator Loren Legarda welcomed the country’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by seventy percent (70%) by 2030 as part of its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) that was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on October 1, 2015.
October 09, 2015
Loren convenes Summit of Conscience for the Climate
The Committee on Climate Change, in partnership with the Climate Change Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the French Embassy in Manila convened the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in the Philippines. Climate advocates, leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations, environmental groups, civil society, the academe, and government agencies gave their personal reflections on the climate crisis through the question, “Why do I care?”.
Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, commended the Senator for organizing the summit.
During the Summit, participants signed the Call of Conscience for the Climate, a document that will be presented to each Head of Delegation attending the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris this December.
Senator Legarda, together with the French Embassy, and the French Development Agency also launched a photo exhibit, “60 SOLUTIONS against climate change” by GoodPlanet Foundation head Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The exhibition aimed to highlight solutions to global warming and opportunities to innovate as part of climate change adaptation through photos by Arthus-Bertrand from his famous “Earth from Above” series.
In the same event, Legarda led the celebration of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philippines and joined the UNISDR, represented by Dr. Jerry Velasquez, in conferring the Champion of Resilience citation to the Ifugao community. Under the theme “Knowledge for Life”, they lauded indigenous communities that continue to utilize their indigenous knowledge systems and practices to build resilience from natural hazards and climate change, particularly the Ifugao community in actively protecting the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a UNESCO world heritage site.
October 26, 2015
Loren hails passage of the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Law
Senator Loren Legarda hails the passage of the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Law or Republic Act No. 10687, which was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III last October 15.
Legarda, one of the authors of the UniFAST Law, explained that the measure was crafted in order to expand and rationalize the government’s scholarship program and to ensure that Filipino students, especially those belonging to indigent families, are fully supported throughout their studies.
October 29, 2015
Senator Loren Legarda says the enactment of the amended Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) Act is a huge leap in addressing the long-drawn issues of unemployment and underemployment in the country.
Legarda, co-author of R.A. 8759 or the PESO Act of 1999 and its amended version, stressed that PESOs will help make the transition period between graduation and employment much shorter with a wide range of career options.
November 12, 2015
Loren hails enactment of RA 10692, the PAGASA Modernization Act
Senator Loren Legarda hails the enactment of Republic Act No. 10692 or the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Modernization Act of 2015, which effectively funds the enhancement of the state bureau’s capability in providing services to protect the people and the environment and to ensure economic security against natural hazards.
November 23, 2015
Loren leads landmark budget for 2016
Legarda leads landmark budget for 2016; highlights inclusive, sustainable, resilient dev’t. “This budget is not budget as usual. For many years now I have been consistently advocating for a paradigm shift in the way we do governance and how we promote development.”
December 1, 2015
Loren is appointed as Global Champion for Resilience by the UNISDR
UNISDR appoints Senator Loren Legarda as Global Champion for Resilience. The UNISDR recognized the Philippine Senator’s unrelenting and vigorous support in advancing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation nationally and internationally through legislation, policy leadership, and advocacy at all levels.
December 2, 2015
Historic 1st participation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale is announced
NCCA announces PHL representative to historic 1st participation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, are pleased to announce the selection of the curatorial proposal titled Muhon: Place Markers In The Search For Emerging Identity by the Leandro V. Locsin Partners firm as the country’s representative to the prestigious 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
December 22, 2015
President Benigno Aquino III signs the 2016 national budget worth Php3.002 Trillion. As chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Legarda is proud of the work that was done for this budget which will be an instrument to building a resilient, sustainable and inclusive economy.
February 18, 2016
Loren receives the title of Chevalier dans l'order de la Legion d'Honneur
Senator Loren Legarda receives from French President Francois Hollande, thru French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou, the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor) in recognition of her commitment to the fight against climate change and to the promotion of culture and heritage.
February 29, 2016
Loren hails establishment of IP resource center at the UP Visayas
Senator Loren Legarda hails the establishment of the country’s first indigenous peoples resource center (IPRC) housed at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) – Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS).
Under Senate Bill No. 2209, which Legarda authored and sponsored, IP Resource Centers will serve as access centers to enhance delivery of basic, social, technical and legal services. Centers shall be composed of the following service areas, namely: Statistical Service Area, Human Development Index Service Area and Domains Management Service Area.
March 2, 2016
Loren announces group of architects and artists to represent the PHL first participation to the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy
Senator Loren Legarda announces the group of architects and artists to represent the Philippines' first participation to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy. The Philippine pavilion's curator, Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP), invited six architects and three contemporary artists to start a conversation about the rapid creation and destruction of Metro Manila’s built heritage and whether such a condition precludes the formation of the city’s cultural identity.
March 14, 2016
Loren accompanies VP Al Gore to Yolanda "Ground Zero"
Legarda, UN Global Champion for Resilience also accompanied Mr. Gore when he visited Yolanda 'ground zero.' Along with Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, they went to Barangay 88, one of the hardest hit villages in Tacloban and a mass grave at the Holy Cross Memorial Park.
March 14, 2016
Loren delivers speech at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Manila
Senator Loren Legarda delivers the keynote speech titled, The Road to Decarbonization, at the 31st Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Manila, organized by The Climate Reality Project led by Former US Vice President Al Gore.
Loren co-heads PHL Delegation to the High-Level Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement in New York
Senator Legarda co-heads the Philippine Delegation to the High-Level Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement in New York, USA on April 22, Earth Day. In a meeting with the 20 members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) at the UN Headquarters in New York, she called for unity among the member states, composed of developing, highly vulnerable countries to disasters and extreme weather events, in ensuring the early entry into force of the Agreement.
May 27, 2016
PHL Pavilion in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition opens its doors to the public
The Philippine Pavilion in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia opened its doors to the public. Housed at the European Cultural Center, Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy, it features the exhibition Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City, a collaborative exploration about the implications of rapid creation and destruction within Metro Manila’s built environment.
Muhon was curated by the team of Leandro Y. Locsin, Jr., Sudarshan Khadka, Jr. and Juan Paolo dela Cruz of Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP). This is the first participation of the Philippines in the Venice Architecture Biennale and was made possible through the collaboration among the NCCA, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, with the support from the Department of Tourism.
May 31, 2016
National Museum inaugurates the Manlilikha ng Bayan Exhibition
The National Museum inaugurated the Manlilikha ng Bayan Exhibition at the National Museum of Anthropology. It is a permanent exhibit that features the work and lives of the Manlilikha ng Bayan (National Living Treasures), this exhibition has been made possible through partnership with the NCCA and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.
Loren convenes 43 member states of the Climate Vulnerable Forum
Senator Legarda, together with the Climate Change Commission and the UNDP, convenes 43 member-states of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, ministers and senior officials, CVF expert advisors, legislators, high-level policymakers, and resource experts at the Philippine Senate on August 15, 2016 for for a High-Level Climate Policy Forum on pursuing a low carbon economy. On the same day, the CVF Presidency was turned over from the Philippines to Ethiopia.
Loren supports the PHL participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair
Senator Legarda supports the Philippines’ participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair from October 19-23, 2016. On its second consecutive year of participating in the said event, the Philippines was chosen to share an overview of its markets on books at the pre-fair conference, The Markets: Global Publishing Summit 2016, along with six other countries - Brazil, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates.
National Arts and Crafts Fair, a project supported by Loren, is launched
The 2016 National Arts and Crafts Fair was held from October 26-30, 2016 at the Megatrade Halls 1-3 of SM Megamall. It was spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with the support of Senator Legarda.
First Curatorial Intensive is held in Manila
The first Curatorial Intensive of ICI in Manila was borne out of the Philippines’ re-entry to the Venice Biennale in 2015 after a 51-year hiatus. ICI Executive Director Renaud Proch, who was part of the jury that deliberated on the curatorial proposals for the Philippine Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, suggested the conduct of the said program to Legarda.
The program is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, with the support of Senator Legarda.
Dayaw airs its second season
Dayaw TV series – a television documentary series on Philippine indigenous peoples and culture conceptualized and narrated by Senator Legarda airs its second season. The project is a collaboration of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
Loren receives highest honor from the NCCA, the Dangal ng Haraya
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) confers on Senator Loren Legarda its highest honor, the Dangal ng Haraya Patron of Arts and Culture.
The award was given to Legarda “in grateful recognition of her unmatched contribution to the development of Filipino identity and sense of nationhood, her unwavering commitment to the flowering of our artistic creativity and protection of our indigenous heritage, and her steadfast devotion to the social empowerment of our indigenous peoples.”
February 22, 2017
Dayaw returns for a third season on ANC
The crusade for the preservation of the country’s culture and heritage continues for Sen. Loren Legarda as her documentary series “Dayaw” returns for a third season on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, on Thursday (February 23). The theme for “Dayaw” this season is “Materyales Fuertes,” the tangible materials chosen by indigenous craftsmen to create tools, ornaments, and structures that have helped build our nation.
March 14, 2017
Loren secures the Senate's unanimous concurrence in the accession to the Paris Agreement
Senator Loren Legarda acquires the Senate’s unanimous concurrence in the accession to the Paris Agreement. “The Paris Agreement is an embodiment of a legacy. This will go down in history as one of our shining achievements. The 17th Congress, under the Duterte Administration, can be regarded as the legislative assembly that championed climate action, environmental protection, and sustainable development.”
April 19, 2017
Loren announces on Earth Day that the Paris Agreement will enter into force for the PHL
Senator Loren Legarda announced on Earth Day (April 22) that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force for the Philippines. “Earth Day will once again be historic for the Philippines as it will mark the commencement of the Paris Agreement’s legal force and effect in our country. It will also mark a great start to our journey towards a resilient and sustainable future,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience.
May 12, 2017
PHL returns for a 2nd consecutive participation in the Venice Art Biennale
The Philippines triumphantly returned for a second consecutive participation in the Venice Art Biennale with a stronger showing as it presented a national pavilion curated by Joselina Cruz featuring two important Filipino artists—Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo—in a prime space at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy.
Guests at the vernissage of the Philippine Pavilion were amazed with the participation especially that the country has already found a place in the Arsenale, one of the main exhibition platforms of the Venice Biennale.
May 23, 2017
ENIPAS is approved on 3rd reading, a law principally authored by Loren
On International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), the Senate unanimously approved on third and final reading the proposed Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act, which Senator Loren Legarda principally authored.
June 30, 2017
Loren goes on an official visit to France as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations
Senator Loren Legarda is part of the delegation of Philippine senators led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III who went on an official visit to France as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations. This year is the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between the Philippines and France.
July 15, 2017
Loren is awarded the Cavaliere nell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
Senator Loren Legarda is bestowed the award of Cavaliere nell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Knight in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) from The President of the Republic of Italy, thru His Excellency Ambassador Massimo Roscigno. In conferring the award, Ambassador Roscigno said, “In a way, I would like to see this as a form of thanking the Senator for bringing the Philippines back to the Venice Biennale.”
August 4, 2017
Legarda hails signing into law of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
Senator Loren Legarda today hailed the signing into law of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which institutionalizes the provision of full tuition fee subsidy for students enrolled in all of the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and in state-run technical-vocational institutions.
August 15, 2017
Loren sponsors Senate concurrence to the ratification of ILO 151
The Senate unanimously agreed to ratify the 39-year-old International Labor Organization Convention No. 151 to bolster the domestic and international status of the Philippines as a leader in promoting and protecting labor and civil rights.
The proposed measure, authored and sponsored by Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, seeks to protect the rights of civil servants to organize, as well as procedures for determining conditions of employment in public service.
Legarda said that the Philippines is the first Asian country to ratify the convention, which is also known as the “Convention Concerning Protection of the Right to Organize and Procedures for Determining Conditions of Employment in the Public Service.”
August 24, 2017
Loren hails approval on the committee level of bill on preserving Gabaldon buildings
Senator Loren Legarda hailed the approval on the committee level of her bills on preserving Gabaldon buildings and institutionalizing the Philippines’ Venice Biennale participation.
Senate Bill No. 1506 seeks to strengthen government efforts in the conservation and restoration of built heritage, such as Gabaldon school buildings, to preserve architectural, historical, and social significance.
Senate Bill No. 1504, which seeks to institutionalize the Philippine participation in the international exhibitions of the Venice Biennale.
August 28, 2017
Loren delivers speech at the PHL Red Carpet Premiere of "An Inconvenient Truth"
Senator Loren Legarda, UN Global Champion for Resilience, delivered a speech at the Philippine Red Carpet Premiere and Post Documentary Film Discussion of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”
Legarda was interviewed in the documentary, which was filmed during the visit of The Climate Reality Project founder and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to the Philippines in 2016.
September 21, 2017
Loren is awarded Outstanding Lady Senator Award
The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) led by Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta has conferred on Senator Loren Legarda the Outstanding Lady Senator Award during the 6th Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys on September 21, 2017 at the Manila Hotel.
September 27, 2017
1st documentary about the PHL return to the Venice Biennale is aired on ANC
The first documentary about the Philippines’ return to the Venice Biennale after five decades of absence aired on ABSCBN News Channel (ANC).
“How To Tie A String Around The World”, created by Manny Montelibano, aired on September 27, 2017, 8:00 p.m. and on September 30, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
September 30, 2017
Winning curatorial proposal to the 16th International Architecture
The Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale (PAVB)—composed of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda announced the selection of the curatorial proposal titled The City Who Had Two Navels by Edson Cabalfin as the country’s representative to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
October 5, 2017
Loren sponsors the 2018 GAB
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, sponsored the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) under Senate Committee Report No. 167. Legarda said that the proposed 2018 national budget amounting to 3.767 Trillion Pesos is one that aims to address the basic needs of the people.
October 23, 2017
Loren opens 1st Hibla Traveling Exhibition in London
Senator Loren Legarda led the opening of the first Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition, titled “Piña-Seda: Pineapple and Silk Cloth from the Tropics,” at the Philippine Embassy in London where she stressed the importance of the project in keeping the Philippine weaving tradition alive. The exhibition featured lectures and demostrations from weavers from Kalibo, Aklan and embroiderers from Lumban, Laguna.
October 26, 2017
Loren supports 2017 NACF
Sen. Loren Legarda supports the country’s indigenous artisans and manufacturers of heritage crafts at the 2017 SikatPinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair (NACF) in SM Megatrade Halls in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, until Oct. 29.
The NACF, organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion in coordination with the department’s regional and provincial offices with the support of the Office of Sen. Loren Legarda.
October 26, 2017
Loren leads opening of homecoming exhibition of Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City
Senator Loren Legarda today led the opening of the homecoming exhibition of Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City—The Philippine Pavilion at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
Muhon, curated by Sudarshan Khadka Jr., Juan Paolo de la Cruz, and Leandro Y. Locsin Jr. of Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP), was the Philippines’ official representation in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2016, the country’s first official participation.
October 27, 2017
Loren witnesses signing of agreement on the promotion of Philippine studies with SOAS
Senator Loren Legarda witnessed the signing of an agreement for the development of the Philippine Studies Program in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London.
The agreement signed between the Philippine Embassy in London and SOAS, represented by Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo and Baroness Valerie Amos, aims to advance Philippine studies in SOAS from 2017 to 2020 through a series of workshops, publications, researches and travel grants.
Legarda, a staunch advocate of culture and the arts and Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, allocated P5 million pesos under the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Budget in the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the advancement of Philippine studies in SOAS.
November 13, 2017
Loren is designated National Adaptation Plan Champion in Bonn, Germany
Senator Loren Legarda was presented to international press in Bonn, Germany as a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Champion designated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty to which the Philippines is a Party.
Legarda, Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany, was joined by fellow NAP Champion Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu of Tonga, at the COP23 side event “Championing NAPs – Advancing National Adaptation Plans” organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC.
November 17, 2017
Loren delivers PHL statement at COP23 in Bonn, Germany
Sen. Loren Legarda, head of the Philippine delegation to the COP23, delivered the Philippine statement on Thursday during the high level segment of the COP23 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Philippines made a strong call for climate justice as parties to the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany continued negotiations to come up with mechanisms to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement.
November 25, 2017
PHL has completed its 3rd consecutive participation in the Venice Biennale as The Spectre of Comparison ends its run
The Philippines has successfully completed its third consecutive participation in the Venice Biennale as it concludes The Spectre of Comparison, the Philippine Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Art Biennale.
The 2017 Philippine Pavilion, curated by Joselina Cruz and featuring the works of Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo, completed a six-month run at the Artiglierie of the Arsenale—one of the main exhibition spaces of the Venice Biennale.
November 30, 2017
Senate approves 2018 National Budget, which Loren sponsored
The Senate unanimously approved the proposed 2018 national budget worth Php3.767 Trillion. Senator Loren Legarda is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance and sponsor of the budget.
December 5, 2017
Loren and Brillante Ma Mendoza partner for a documentary on protected areas
Senator Loren Legarda and internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza team up once again for the first ever Protected Areas documentary series to air on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) starting December 9 at 7:45 a.m.
The documentary series titled, Our Fragile Earth: Protected Areas of the Philippines, conceptualized by Legarda and produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), consists of 12 short documentaries that were shot by Mendoza on location and took two years to finish.
December 5, 2017
Loren joins 24 Hours of Reality
Senator Loren Legarda joined 24 Hours of Reality: Be the Voice of Reality” online program organized by The Climate Reality Project—the organization founded and led by global climate advocate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
During her interview, Sen. Legarda urged all government agencies and local government units “to embrace climate change adaptation (CCA) as if their own lives depended on it.”
December 12, 2017
Loren graduates from the Command and General Staff College
Senator Loren Legarda graduated from the Command and General Staff Course, as part of Class 62, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFPCGSC), which will qualify her for promotion to full-fledged colonel.
Legarda also received the Academic Excellence for Research for her paper “The AFP in the Humanitarian Space: Building Resilience, Fostering Resilient Communities,” which explores the role of the military not just in responding to disasters, but also in reducing climate and disaster risks.
December 12, 2017
Senate ratifies 2018 GAA
The Senate ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed 2018 General Appropriations Act.
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, explained that the 2018 national budget prioritizes the needs of the people—education, healthcare, livelihood, shelter and sustainable growth. It provides for free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs), support for farmers, increase in teachers’ allowance and base pay of military and uniformed personnel, and the rehabilitation of Marawi City, among others.
December 19, 2017
2018 GAA is signed into law
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) amounting to Php3.767 Trillion—the highest allocation by any administration.
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, reiterated that the 2018 GAA is a makatao or pro-people budget that places heavy importance on providing for the actual needs of the Filipinos, such as education, healthcare, livelihood, shelter, peace and order, and other support and services to the public.
December 30, 2017
Loren launches 4th Season of Dayaw
Senator Loren Legarda launched the 4th season of the documentary series, “Dayaw”, with six new episodes that focus on our culture bearers, Filipinos who mastered their craft and devoted their entire lives to keep their traditions alive, serving as “sisidlan” or living vessels that bear the wealth of our tangible and intangible heritage.
“Dayaw” is a project of Legarda in partnership with the NCCA, the prime government arm dedicated to the promotion of Philippine arts and culture, and ANC, the country’s premier 24/7 all-English cable news channel.
January 21, 2018
Loren heads PHL delegation at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Vietnam
Lawmakers from 27 countries at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in Hanoi, Vietnam have adopted a Philippine-sponsored resolution on climate and disaster resilience.
Senator Loren Legarda, Head of the Philippine Delegation, authored the “Resolution Calling for Regional Cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM),” which was adopted as APPF26 Resolution No. 10.
January 22, 2018
Loren leads Senate concurrence in the ratification of three treaties
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led the Senate concurrence in the ratification of three treaties covering the Philippines’ partnership and cooperation agreement with the European Union and the social security agreements with Sweden and Germany—the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation Between the Philippines and the European Union (PH-EU PCA); the Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the Federal Republic of Germany on Social Security (PH-Germany SSA); and the Agreement on Social Security between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Sweden (PH-Sweden SSA).
January 30, 2018
Buhay na Buhay is launched
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Senator Loren Legarda today officially launched “Buhay na Buhay,” an engaging and informative series that introduces the eight living cultures of the Philippines. The documentary series was aired on GMA News TV every Saturday, 5:45p.m., starting February 17, 2018.
February 19, 2018
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has led the Senate in its unanimous concurrence in the ratification of five (5) treaties covering the Philippines’ Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with Mexico, Thailand and Sri Lanka, the Cybercrime Convention, and the Agreement on the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO).
February 26, 2018
Loren brings PPO to the Provinces of Antique and Iloilo
To foster deeper music appreciation among Filipinos, Senator Loren Legarda and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon brought the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) to the provinces of Antique and Iloilo for a back-to-back outreach concert on March 1 and 2, respectively.
Under the 2018 national budget, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, provided additional funding for the PPO’s outreach concerts. These outreach concerts in the provinces aim to promote music appreciation throughout the country.
March 6, 2018
Loren leads Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in concurrence in the ratification of treaties
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led the Senate in its concurrence in the ratification of the Philippines’ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States, and acceded to seven maritime-related treaties:
• Senate Resolution No. (SRN) 647, Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Between the EFTA States and the Philippines;
• SRN 648, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001, or the AFS Convention;
• SRN 649, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1997 to Amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as Modified by the Protocol of 1978 Relating Thereto, or the MARPOL Protocol;
• SRN 650, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1988 Relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, or the Load Lines Convention;
• SRN 651, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, or Protocol 1978, SOLAS Convention;
• SRN 652, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1988 Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, or Protocol 1988, SOLAS Convention;
• SRN 653, Resolution Concurring in the Acceptance of the Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas; and,
• SRN 654, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, or the Port State Measures Agreement.
March 9, 2018
Senator Loren Legarda has been promoted to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force (Reserve), following the consent of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to her nomination last March 7.
Legarda, a three-term senator who chairs the Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations and Climate Change, was nominated for promotion to the rank of Colonel after completing her Command and General Staff Course under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFP-CGSC) in December 2017.
March 23, 2018
Loren heads delegation to the IPU in Geneva, Switzerland
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Finance and Climate Change, is the Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 138th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union from March 24-28, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Legarda was joined by fellow legislators—Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Nancy Binay, Deputy House Speaker Raneo Abu, Deputy House Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez, and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.
The agenda of the 138th Assembly of the IPU will cover key global issues such as strengthening the parliamentary contribution to the global compact for migration, sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development, tackling women’s underrepresentation in politics, engaging the private sector in the development of renewable energy, and building sustainable and resilient societies.
March 26, 2018
Loren hails launch of IRR of RA 10931, Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
Senator Loren Legarda hailed the launch of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10931, the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017, which will subsidize tuition fee and other school fees of students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local state universities and colleges (LUCs), and state-run technical vocational institutions (TVIs).
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that the implementation of RA 10931, a law that she co-authored and co-sponsored, will start for Academic Year 2018-2019 through the Php40 Billion budget that Congress allocated under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
March 26, 2018
Loren unveils Language Monument in Lamut, Ifugao
The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, and the Ifugao State University (IFSU) unveiled the Language Monument or Bantayog-Wika for the Tuwali language in Lamut, Ifugao.
The Bantayog-Wika for Tuwali is the first in the Cordillera Region and the second language monument erected in the country next to Antique, where the first language marker for Kinaray-a was inaugurated earlier this month. Installation artist Luis ‘Junyee’ Yee, Jr. designed and created the language marker.
March 28, 2018
Loren meets with WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo
In a meeting with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo on March 27, Senator Loren Legarda submitted a notification on the Philippines’ ratification of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States—an intergovernmental organization consisting of the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Swiss Confederation.
Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s ratification of the PH-EFTA FTA on December 8, 2017, Legarda, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, sponsored and successfully sought concurrence from the Philippine Senate on March 5, 2018.
March 28, 2018
Loren leads official opening of Hibla Traveling Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal
Senator Loren Legarda led the official opening of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition at the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.
This is an offshoot of the National Museum’s Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles gallery, which is her brainchild. The first Hibla Travelling Exhibition was held in London in October 2017.
April 18, 2018
Loren attends 2018 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group
Senator Loren Legarda attended the 2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) from April 18-21, 2018 in Washington, DC, as Alternate Head of the Philippine Delegation, with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno as Head of Delegation.
Also part of the Philippine Delegation were Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran, Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretaries Adoracion Navarro and Rolando Tungpalan, and Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera of the Climate Change Commission.
The Spring Meetings of the IMF and WBG is a venue for central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.
April 27, 2018
Loren meets IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Senator Legarda and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, who jointly headed the Philippine Delegation to the 2018 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington D.C., together with Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, met with (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde to discuss the Philippine economy, IMF’s work on “emerging issues”, and areas of cooperation between the IMF and the Philippines.
“It is noteworthy that the IMF has already mainstreamed in its surveillance and research work issues such as climate change, gender diversity, income equality and social cohesion, which are essential in ensuring that macroeconomic outlook for any country is sustainable.”
May 5, 2018
Legarda heads Phildel in Bonn, Germany
From May 5-9, 2018, Senator Loren Legarda served as the Head of the Philippine Delegation to the Climate Change Conference 2018 (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
The Bonn Climate Change Conference consists of meetings of three bodies: the 48th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 48), the 48th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 48) and the fifth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-5).
“This is an important gathering where we begin drafting the ‘operating manual’ that countries have already negotiated for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.”
May 18, 2018
Loren delivers speech at the 5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources
Senator Loren Legarda participated in the 5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) on May 18, 2018.
As Chair of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Finance, and Climate Change, she was invited to be one of the panelists for the session, “How ASEAN is Shifting to Green Growth,” where she discussed key threats that climate change poses to the Philippines and ASEAN in general as well as government interventions to address the same.
May 22, 2018
Loren lauds staging of PHL Pavilion in the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice
Senator Loren Legarda lauds the staging of the Philippine Pavilion in the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy which featured the art and craftsmanship of Dr. Edson Cabalfin as curator.
The Philippine Pavilion, a joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, held its vernissage on May 24 and will be open to the public from May 26 to November 25, 2018 at the Artiglierie, Arsenale, Venice, Italy.
June 13, 2018
Back-to-back launch of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition at the Philippine Embassies in Madrid, Spain and Washington D.C., USA.
June 14, 2018
2018 NACF opens
Opening of the 2018 Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair held from June 14-17, 2018 at the Megatrade Halls 1-3 in SM Megamall in support of the country’s artisans and producers of indigenous crafts.
Spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI – BDTP), in coordination with the Department’s regional and provincial offices, and supported by the Office of Senator Legarda, the four-day retail fair trade featured 150 MSMEs from different regions across the country, mainly highlighting both contemporary art and crafts that exemplify indigenous living traditions through hand-made products, ornaments, jewelry, fabric and accessories, among others.
June 20, 2018
Dayaw returns with Season 5
Senator Loren Legarda returned to ANC with Season 5 of Dayaw (Pagdiwang at Pasasalamat), which explores the unique way of how Filipinos celebrate, worship and give thanks in observance of various festivity and customs all over the country.
June 23, 2018
Loren receives honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from UP
The University of the Philippines conferred upon Senator Loren Legarda the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, on June 24 2018, during the 107th General Commencement Exercises of the University where Legarda was the Commencement Speaker.
The honorary degree was given to Legarda “in grateful recognition of her four decades of exemplary commitment as a lawmaker, journalist, and an advocate of social concerns such as the promotion of social justice, human rights, peace, cultural diversity, environmental protection, universal access to education, job creation and entrepreneurship, among others.”
January 21, 2019
Senate passes on 3rd and final reading the 2019 GAB
The Senate unanimously passed on third and final reading the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB).
Legarda, Chairperson of the Committee on Finance said that the 2019 national budget will continue to prioritize education, healthcare, livelihood and employment, and social services.
January 29, 2019
The Senate has approved on third and final reading the Senator Loren Legarda’s proposed Senate bill 1917, granting survivorship benefits to dependent children or surviving parents of deceased retired officials of constitutional offices.
January 30, 2019
The Senate has approved on third and final reading the proposed Magna Carta of the Poor, principally authored by Senator Loren Legarda, which promotes inclusive growth by ensuring that the poor are provided with basic services and support to allow them to be part of the country’s development.
February 5, 2019
Senate approved on third and final reading the measure institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the proposed Community-Based Monitoring System. Both bills were co-authored by Senator Loren Legarda which are seen to be effective instruments to address poverty.
February 7, 2019
COMELEC dismisses disqualification case filed against Loren
It’s a triple win for Senator “Inday Loren” Legarda, who is running as Congresswoman of Antique, as the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today dismissed the disqualification case filed against her.
Earlier, the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) of Pandan-Libertad-Caluya in Antique also dismissed the Petition for Exclusion filed against Legarda; while last October 2018, the Election Registration Board (ERB) of Pandan, Antique already upheld the transfer of voter registration of Legarda to Barangay Mag-aba in Pandan.
The COMELEC (Second Division) dismissed the petitions filed by Robin P. Rubinos and former Antique Governor Exequiel B. Javier to deny due course or cancel Legarda’s Certificate of Candidacy for Representative of Antique because she has been able to transfer her residency from Portero, Malabon to Pandan, Antique more than one year before election day, which is the requirement under the law.
February 8, 2019
Senate ratifies bicam report of the proposed 2019 GAA
Senator Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, led the Senate conferees in meeting their counterparts from the House of Representatives, led by Committee on Appropriations Chair Congressman Rolando Andaya Jr., for the signing of the bicameral conference committee report on the disagreeing provisions of the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA), which was ratified by the Philippine Senate.
March 3, 2019
Loren hosts a delegation of French Senators in Boracay
On behalf of the Philippine Senate, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and President and Founding Member of the Philippines-France Parliamentary Association, hosted a delegation of French senators in Boracay on March 2. The French delegation was composed of Senators Jacky Deromedi, Simon Sutour, Philippe Mouiller, and Jerome Durain.
The French senators were briefed by Boracay Inter-agency Rehabilitation Management Group General Manager Natividad Bernardino, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Asec. Manuel Felix, and Department of Tourism (DOT) Usec. Arturo Boncato on the changes that were implemented for the 6-month intensive rehabilitation of the island last year.
March 5, 2019
Loren inaugurates evacuation centers in Pandan and Sebaste
Senator Loren Legarda today inaugurated two newly constructed multipurpose/evacuation centers located in barangays Patria, Pandan and Idio, Sebaste to strengthen her home province’s resilience in anticipation of disasters, such as earthquakes, typhoons and floods.
March 8, 2019
Loren invites the public to watch Noli Me Tangere: The Opera
Senator Loren Legarda, Honorary Chair of the ‘Noli Me Tangere, The Opera’, promoted the return of National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Felipe Padilla De Leon’s most beloved 1957 opera on March 8 to 10, 2019 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) main theater, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, which coincides with the CCP’s 50thanniversary.
March 8, 2019
Hibla is launched in Japan
The National Museum of the Philippines, in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Tokyo, Japan, and the ASEAN Promotion Centre on Trade, Investment and Tourism (ASEAN-Japan Centre), launched the Hibla Travelling Exhibition at the Siazon Hall, Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. This will be the exhibit’s first launch in Asia after a successful run in Europe and the United States.
It features piña-seda woven fabrics including those handwoven and embroidered by Balete, Aklan weavers Raquel Eliserio and Carlo Eliserio, and Laguna embroiderers Lolita Pereza and Loreto Maestre, Jr.
March 20, 2019
Loren opens the Antique Harvest Fair and launches Everyday Culture Book
In an effort to promote the culture and arts of Antique, as well as boost tourism and trade in her home province, Senator Loren Legarda opened the Antique Harvest Fair and launched the book, Everyday Culture: Our Schools of Living Traditions.
March 26, 2019
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Committee on Finance, said that the Senate submits the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature after Senate President Vicente Sotto III signed the bill “with strong reservations.”
July 1, 2019
Loren files top ten bills as Congresswoman
On her first day as Representative of the lone legislative district of Antique, Congresswoman Loren Legarda filed ten (10) proposed measures, including the bill that seeks to create the Antique High School for the Arts; the Northern Antique Protected Seascape and Landscape Act of 2019; the new amendments to Republic Act No. 8759, otherwise known as the “Public Employment Service Office Act of 1999, as amended,” to primarily establish employment service office at the barangay level, and also to include entrepreneurship in the coverage of the law; the Department of Culture; the Single Use Plastic Products Regulation Act; Philippine Handloom Weaving Industry Development Act, among others.
July 5, 2019
PPO returns to Antique
Through the efforts of Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) returns to Antique and performs back-to-back concerts in the towns of San Jose de Buenavista and Pandan on June 30 and July 1, respectively.
Headed by Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO performed light classics such as the overture to La Gazza Ladra, Annen Polka, and Emperor Waltz, and contemporary pieces such as the Eraserheads Suite, Teleserye Theme Song Medley, and Bohemian Rhapsody/Queen.
Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist Santhea Jane Atienza of Belison also sang Loren ng Antique with the PPO’s orchestra accompaniment. Loren ng Antique is a song composed by National Artist for Literature and NCCA Chairman Virgilio S. Almario, with music arranged by former NCCA Chairman, Prof. Jun De Leon, as a tribute to the first female representative of Antique.
July 6, 2019
Loren shares her expertise at the ABS-CBN Corporate University's first Anchor's training
With more than 20 years of experience as a multi-awarded broadcast journalist, three-term Senator now Congresswoman Loren Legarda shared her expertise in ABS-CBN Corporate University’s first Anchor’s Training.
The Anchor’s Training is part of ABS-CBN University’s initiative to equip anchors, reporters, and news producers with skills that will help them present the news effectively through workshops, lectures, and experiential studio activities.
It is an 8-session course that aims to address core competencies in interviewing, nose for news, storytelling, analytical thinking, strategic problem solving, anchoring and presentation, and personal branding.
July 18, 2019
Hibla is launched in Thailand and Czech Republic
The National Museum of the Philippines in partnership with the Office of Congresswoman Loren Legarda launched the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition titled Piña-Seda: Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics at the Museum Siam, Bangkok, Thailand on July 4, and at the Naprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic on July 15. The exhibit in Bangkok was launched in partnership with the National Discovery Museum Institute, while the one in Prague was done in partnership with the Naprstek Museum.
The Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition is an offshoot of Legarda’s brainchild, the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles permanent gallery at the National Museum of Anthropology in Manila.
July 23, 2019
Loren named Deputy Speaker
Three-term Senator, now Congresswoman, Loren Legarda made history yet again for the province of Antique as she has been named one of the Deputy Speakers for the Eighteenth Congress. Legarda, who is the first Antique Representative to become Deputy Speaker, expressed her gratitude and excitement to her kasimanwas who serve as her inspiration and motivation.
Legarda was elected Deputy Speaker by unanimous vote alongside Cong. Ferdinand Hernandez (South Cotabato, 2nd District), Cong. Paolo Duterte (Davao City, 1st District), Cong. Evelina Escudero (Sorsogon, 1st District), Cong. Conrado Estrella III (ABONO Partylist), Cong. Prospero Pichay Jr. (Surigao del Sur, 1st District), Cong. Robert Puno (Antipolo City), Cong. Eduardo Villanueva (CIBAC Partylist), Cong. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (Pampanga, 3rd District), Cong. Johnny Pimentel (Surigao Del Sur, 2nd District), and Cong. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. (Camarines Sur, 2nd District).
August 6, 2019
Hibla opens in San Francisco
The Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition, an offshoot of Legarda’s brainchild, the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles permanent gallery at the National Museum of Anthropology in Manila, opened in San Francisco, California.
Titled “Piña-Seda: Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics,” the exhibition highlights piña-seda woven fabrics from the Philippines, including those handwoven by Anna India Dela Cruz and Nelia Rogano from Kalibo, Aklan and those embroidered by Salvador and Angela Yasoña from Lumban, Laguna.
August 15, 2019
Loren announces opening of Likha-an
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda announced the opening of the Likha-an: Lunduyan ng Tradisyonal na Sining at Kultura in Puerta Real Gardens, Intramuros, Manila.
Likha-an is a partnership among the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Intramuros Administration (IA), and the Office of Congresswoman Loren Legarda. Conceptualized by Legarda, it aims to serve as a cradle or “lunduyan” for Filipino artists and craftsmen and their knowledge and cultural valuation of traditional arts.
August 29, 2019
Hibla opens in Singapore
The Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition, an offshoot of Legarda’s brainchild, the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles permanent gallery at the National Museum of Anthropology in Manila, opened in Singapore at the Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 80 Bencoolen Street.
The exhibition, titled “Piña-Seda: Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics,” features raw materials and textiles from piña and silk weaving centers in Aklan and La Union, respectively, and embroidery center in Laguna, Philippines.
October 10, 2019
Loren announces opening of new posts of the DFA
Three-term Senator and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda announced the opening of new posts of the Department of Foreign Affairs. During her stint as Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Legarda sponsored the amendments to the DFA budget to allocate funds for the opening of new posts. Under the 2018 budget, consulates in Frankfurt, Germany and Houston, Texas, and an embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark were opened.
Under the 2019 budget, Legarda also provided funds for six (6) additional posts to be opened. Two (2) embassies will be situated in Stockholm, Sweden and Rabat, Morocco, while four (4) consulates will be opened in Barcelona, Spain; Nagoya, Japan; Melbourne Australia, and Istanbul, Turkey.
October 14, 2019
Loren visits the PHL Pavilion in Venice
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda visited the Philippine Pavilion exhibition Island Weather, the country’s national participation at the 58th Venice Art Biennale. This year’s participation marked the country’s fifth consecutive participation in the world’s biggest contemporary art exposition.
October 15, 2019
Loren delivers lecture at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda delivers a lecture on Philippine Textiles at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, saying that the Philippine piña-seda can be considered prized items even in Europe as in the past years because of the quality of the handwoven fabric with intricate embroidery.
Legarda’s lecture marks the start of the collaboration between the Philippine government and Ruhr University to offer courses on and promote Philippine Studies.
October 16, 2019
Loren leads PHL contingent at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Three-term Senator and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda led the Philippine contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair at the Frankfurt Messe in Frankfurt, Germany.
After a 15-year hiatus, the Philippines returned to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015 when it was given a modest booth. In 2018, Deputy Speaker Legarda, in her capacity then as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, gave additional funds to support the participants from the Philippine book publishing industry in the world’s most prestigious book fair.
October 17, 2019
Loren supports Antique MSMEs in Manila FAME
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda continues to support the participation of Antique artisans in Manila Fame since 2018. At that time, only the Antique Development Foundation was able to participate.
During its 69th edition held last April 25-27, 2019, the trade show saw 11 more artisans from Antique engaged in the production and marketing of crafts, decors and accessories products made from locally grown and locally sourced materials.
In the 70th edition of Manila FAME, seven (7) artisans from Antique are participating: Tobias Fornier Bamboocrafters Association; Buri Handicraft Association, Inc. (BUHAI); Kinuris Crafts, a sub-sector of BUHAI; Produkto Puro Antiqueño by Adora; Produkto Puro Antiqueño by Francia; Sibalom Bamboo Craftmakers Association; and Ariana’s Coco Products.
October 25, 2019
Loren initiates restoration of the only remaining balay nga bato in Antique
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda initiated the restoration of the only remaining “bahay na bato” in Antique.
As the former Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Legarda allocated a Php 5 million budget under the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) for the year 2018 for the restoration of the Gella Azurin House located along Gobierno Street, in the capital town of San Jose de Buenavista.
Legarda said that NHCP officials have looked into the history and structure of the Gella Azurin House and an ocular inspection of the structure and premises was also conducted.
November 13, 2019
Loren, together with the CCC, announce that the Green Climate Fund has approved the PHL first GCF project
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda, together with the Climate Change Commission, announced that the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has approved the Philippines’ first GCF project on the establishment of a multi-hazard impact-based forecasting and early warning system (MH-IBF-EWS) during its 24th Meeting held in Songdo, Korea,
The GCF Board approved a USD10-million grant that aims to strengthen and ensure the delivery of actionable and timely early warning to communities and ‘last mile’ end users at risk of impending natural hazards.
November 18, 2019
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda sees the continued strengthening of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Germany in areas of trade, tourism, cultural diplomacy and sports diplomacy, and in building resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities.
Academic agreements with the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, and the launch of Filipino language courses in Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany have been signed in October.
Other projects supported by the Deputy Speaker include a documentary on the sojourn of Rizal in Germany, participation of the Philippines through a country pavilion at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the reopening of the Philippine Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany and the new building of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin, Germany, and The Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition stop in Frankfurt.
Legarda, as then Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, also spearheaded the concurrence of the Senate in the ratification of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the Philippines and the European Union (PH- EU PCA) and the Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the Federal Republic of Germany on Social Security (PH- Germany SSA).
December 11, 2019
Loren leads Phildel at the COP25 in Madrid, Spain
Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda led the Philippine Delegation at the 25th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Madrid, Spain. As head of the Philippine Delegation, Legarda delivered the Philippine Statement at the High-Level Segment of COP25.
Legarda, who is a UNEP Laureate, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, UNFCCC National Adaptation Plan Champion, and Member of the Governing Board of the Green Climate Fund, urged developed countries to fulfill their commitments to the Paris Agreement by leading deep and drastic cuts in carbon emissions and providing finance and investments for innovative adaptation solutions in local communities.
On the sidelines, Legarda met with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Mr. Youssef Nassef, Adaptation Director of UNFCCC, Dr. Martin Frick, Senior Director of Policy and Programme Coordination of the UNFCCC Secretariat, and COP26 President-designate Claire O’Neill.
January 13, 2020
Loren supports 5-day training on entrepreneurship and competitiveness
In partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda provided support to the Philippine delegates from the Senate of the Philippines, House of Representatives, Office of the Executive Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Technical Skills Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), for a 5-day training on intrapreneurship and competitiveness in Berlin, Germany.
The training aims to enhance the capability of senior executives and middle managers from selected government agencies to pursue and develop innovative products and services, and creative solutions to strengthen the competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
January 29, 2020
Loren calls for temporary travel ban amid COVID19 outbreak
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda called for select and temporary travel ban to Antique amid novel coronavirus outbreak
Despite the assurance from the Department of Health (DOH) that the Philippines has no confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Legarda believed that they cannot let their guards down, thus she urged authorities in her home province of Antique to impose travel restrictions, banning the entry of visitors originating from China and other countries with suspected and confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus.
February 17, 2020
Loren delivers speech on COVID19
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda highlighted the possible connection between unsustainable use of wildlife for food and the COVID-19 in her privilege speech in the House of Representatives plenary session.
Legarda emphasized that overcoming threats like the COVID-19 will require functioning local ecosystems, local sufficiency of prime commodities, avoidance of mass hysteria and the ability to survive lockdowns. She also encouraged the international organizations and communities to make the necessary shift and step up efforts toward successfully regulating the trade in wildlife to halt future public health crises.
February 17, 2020
Loren files resolution urging declaration of a climate and environmental emergency
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda filed a resolution at the House of Representatives urging the declaration of a climate and environmental emergency and ensuring enhanced and coherent climate actions in the executive and legislative agenda of the government.
Titled “A Resolution Declaring a Climate Emergency and Environmental Emergency and Calling for the Mobilization of Government Agencies and Instrumentalities and Local Government Units towards the Effective Implementation of Environmental, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law in light of the Global Climate and Environmental Emergency,” House Resolution No. 724 supports the earlier call for the declaration of climate emergency by the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE), an advisory body of the Climate Change Commission (CCC).
February 20, 2020
Loren lauds passage of new Antique Ordinance banning new Coal-Fired Power Plants
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda lauds passage of new Antique Ordinance banning new Coal-Fired Power Plant.
As the representative of the Lone District of Antique, Legarda said that the provincial ordinance will help the province reduce harmful emissions and pursue resilient and sustainable development while protecting the environment and safeguarding the health of all Antiqueños.
February 27, 2020
Loren pushes for the promotion of low carbon economy
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda pushes for the promotion of “low carbon economy” through House Bill (HB) No. 2184, which she filed on July 16, 2019 at the House of Representatives.
The bill aims to establish a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emission cap-and-trade system in the industrial and commercial sector. She further explained that a clear policy path towards low carbon development is in line with the Philippines’ resolve to transition into a cleaner and climate-friendly future.
February 27, 2020
Loren lauds DENR Ban on Single Use Plastics
Nineteen years after the passage of RA 9003, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda lauds DENR Ban on Single Use Plastics. The National Solid Waste Management Commission issued a resolution directing DENR to prepare and implement specific guidelines that would ban single use plastics in all offices of government. The ban to be issued would cover cups less than .2 millimetre thick, drinking straws, stirrers, plastic utensils, thin and translucent plastic bags and thin-filmed sand bags under 15 microns.
March 23, 2020
Loren files bill on Emergency Food Subsidy
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda filed a bill on Emergency Food Subsidy that seeks to provide assistance to poor families in times of crisis, such as the ongoing covid-19, which has resulted to the enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon and has affected the livelihood of Filipinos, most especially the daily wage earners.
The bill will provide emergency food subsidy of Php500.00 per day to 100,000 households in the National Capital Region for a duration of 30 days and will also include all provinces affected by covid-19 and the enhanced community quarantine.
April 11, 2020
Pagkaon para sa Tanan is launched
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda urged each Local Government Unit (LGU) of Antique to support farmers by purchasing their local produce and distributing them to the poor, hungry, and vulnerable sectors who need it the most during this Covid-19 crisis.
To avoid wastage during these times, the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda, in coordination with the Province of Antique officials, headed by Governor Rhodora Cadiao, and local officials, launched “Pagkaon para sa Tanan,” meaning “Food for All.” Produce of local farmers, such as singkamas, tomatoes and root crops, were placed in “bagsakan” centers in the towns of San Jose, Patnongon, and Sebaste. The excess produce from these centers were purchased, and subsequently distributed to the municipal mayors for distribution.
April 27, 2020
Loren Files Better Normal Bill
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda filed House Bill No. 6623 or the New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020, which seeks to establish safety measures and protocols in place as the country adjusts to the “new normal” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains universal and mandatory guidelines, such as wearing of masks in public places and workplaces, physical and social distancing, as well as mandatory temperature checks in all closed and semi-closed areas. It also provides for the monitoring of private workplaces, management of public transportation, and monitoring of schools and learning institutions.
June 2, 2020
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda filed House Bill No. 6891, also known as An Act Strengthening the Conservation and Protection of National Cultural Heritage through Enhanced Cultural Heritage Education Program and Cultural Mapping.
This bill aims to amend RA 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act, thus mandating all local government units (LGUs) to conduct a cultural mapping of their areas for tangible, intangible and natural heritage.
June 5, 2020
In celebration of the World Environment Day, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda in partnership with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) hosted a virtual forum, “Conversations with the Champion,” which discussed what the Philippines has accomplished thus far and what remains to be done to protect the environment and build resilience to climate change, as we seek to recover from the pandemic in a more sustainable manner.
The forum featured ten landmark Philippine laws for environmental protection and climate risk governance, as well as ten exemplary adaptation solutions by local communities in adapting to climate impacts.
June 5, 2020
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda filed House Bill No. 6973 which seeks to create the Environment Protection and Enforcement Bureau (EPEB) in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to strengthen the agency’s capacity to address violations against current environmental laws and regulations.
June 7, 2020
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, in partnership with the Office of Governor Rhodora Cadiao and the Provincial Tourism Office, launched the Libre Uli Antique ni Inday Loren Legarda kag Gov. Dodod Cadiao to repatriate Antiqueños who are stranded in Luzon, due to the enhanced community quarantine amid COVID-19.
The first batch of 500 LSIs was composed of students, displaced workers, and construction workers. They will be transported from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange via Jasper Jean Bus to Batangas Port. From the said port, LSIs will be transported to Culasi Port via FastCat vessel.
June 21, 2020
Through the initiative of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, the only remaining “balay nga bato” in Antique was restored.
Estimated to be around 194 to 211 years old, the Balay nga Bato was built of hardwood, coral stones, and heavy tiles. Its roofing was originally made of tiles, but had been changed to galvanized iron. Its main wooden structure was made of first-class hardwood, such as molave and narra, while its walls and flooring on the ground floor were made mostly of coral stones.
As the former Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Legarda, who has always advocated the importance of preservation of culture, allocated in 2018 a Php 5 million budget under the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as well as Php 15 million in 2019, for the restoration of the Balay nga Bato. She has also supported the restoration of other historical sites, such as the Bahay Prudencia Fule in San Pablo City, Laguna.
June 22, 2020
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda in partnership with the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Climate Change Commission launched “PA Talk: Protected Areas for a Protected Future”, a show that featured the natural wealth of the Philippines and how these areas are being conserved and protected.
The first episode was launched on the 2nd anniversary of the enactment of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018, which Legarda authored. Featured in the first episode are Davao Oriental’s Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, which has a bonsai field or “pygmy” forest of 100-year-old trees; Mt. lsarog Natural Park in Camarines Sur, which features a “Vulcan de Agua” whose watershed supplies surrounding cities and towns with rich, clear water; Occidental and Oriental Mindoro’s Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park, as the one and only habitat of the Philippine Tamaraw, the largest wild mammal; the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park in Negros Oriental, a geologic wonder with two freshwater lakes over four crisscrossing faults; and the Siargao Island Protected Landscape in Surigao Del Norte, which has the largest contiguous mangrove stand in the country.
June 28, 2020
In coordination with the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the provincial government of Antique, PAL has scheduled a special flight to Antique Airport from the NAIA Terminal and vice versa to bring home locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) while ensuring that the provincial government will monitor and coordinate with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and PAL for the strict implementation of health measures and safety protocols.
June 30, 2020
On the occasion of the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda launched the first episode of “Road to 500.” With the theme “Rethinking 1521,” the episode tackled the Filipino way of commemorating the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world which will take place in 2021.
Legarda took part in this national event to help promote the celebration and educate the public about our pre-colonial history and the values the Filipinos can get from the events that took place in 1521.
July 14, 2020
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda gave her statement at the ASEAN Forum on Sub-Regional Development, a virtual gathering of ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Leaders, Mekong SOM Leaders, representatives of relevant agencies from ASEAN countries, representatives from the Mekong River Commission, the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and stakeholders from various countries. The meeting was hosted by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, being the Chair of ASEAN 2020.
Legarda said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must be able to upgrade the management of common environmental resources in order to be socially and economically inclusive for the region’s people, especially for countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries whose main drivers of economies are based on natural resources.
Legarda is also a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), National Adaptation Plan Champion for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Global Champion for Resilience of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
July 27, 2020
To convey her pride and unwavering support for Antique’s culture, tradition, and livelihood, Deputy Speaker and Representative of the Lone District of Antique wore the famous handwoven patadyong with pinilian design during the 5th State of Nation Address of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
August 10, 2020
Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda today hailed the approval on third reading of House Bill No. 6864, also known as the “Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities and Public Spaces Act of 2020” by the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to establish safety measures and protocols in place as the country adjusts to the “new normal” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legarda, author and principal sponsor of House Bill 6864, expressed optimism that the proposed measure when passed into law will significantly strengthen the country’s most critical and universal mandates on health, safety, and sustainable development, and provide guidelines to be set by concerned government agencies within their respective sectors.
September 11, 2020
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda was appointed by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) as its ambassador for parliaments, together with H.E. Mohamad Nasheed of the Maldives (ambassador for ambition), Kathy Jetnil- Kijiner, Climate Envoy of the Marshall Islands (ambassador for culture), H.E. Rocio Aguilar, Former Minister of Finance of Costa Rica (ambassador for finance), Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Founder, LDC, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of Congo (ambassador for renewable energy) and Saima Wazed Hossain of Bangladesh, World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health (ambassador for vulnerability).
October 3, 2020
Buhay na Buhay, an eight-part documentary series about the eight cultures that shape the Filipino returns on the ABS-CBN News Channel. The show is based on the life study of Professor Felipe de Leon, Jr., former chair of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and culture expert. This series is a concept of Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda who is also a NCCA’s Dangal ng Haraya Patron of Arts and Culture awardee.
October 7, 2020
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda urged all countries to meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement before the yearend at the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Leaders’ Event hosted by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Legarda, CVF Ambassador for Parliaments, called on all nations to submit updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, at the launch of “Midnight Survival Deadline for the Climate”, an online event featuring world leaders and climate champions towards addressing the climate crisis.
Other leaders of the CVF and global climate champions also joined the event including the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and CVF Chair H.E. Sheikh Hasina; President of Marshall Islands David Kabua; UN Secretary-General António Guterres; former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon; Al Gore; Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives; and Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Secretariat Patricia Espinosa.
November 3, 2020
Dayaw, a production of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the ABS-CBN News Channel conceptualized and hosted by Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda, airs Season 9 episodes with the theme, Sagisag, the symbols of nationhood that Filipinos need to re-discover as these objects and manuscripts provide indications to lost ideals of community and nation.
In six episodes, Dayaw will explore the meanings behind symbols that challenge enduring notions about our identity as a nation. The first episode digs deeper about the story behind the creation of the Philippine flag, while the rest of the series uncovers more about the anting-anting, the legacy ideas of the heroes during the revolution, the country’s rich heritage of textiles, and other important relics, images, and texts that say something about our country’s history before colonization.
November 19, 2020
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda delivered a Keynote Speech at the Viva ExCon (Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference).
November 25, 2020
House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda urged the creation of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Parliamentary League as a dedicated cooperation initiative of parliamentarians that will advance a common legislative agenda for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction in all facets of sustainable development pursuits.
Legarda made the statement during the Global Parliamentarians Meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), an international partnership of 48 countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet and serving as a South-South cooperation platform of nations for global climate action. The online meeting was convened in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Global Center on Adaptation.
November 29, 2020
Our Fragile Earth, a documentary show featuring the country’s protected areas, premiered its second series on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
Conceptualized and hosted by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, and produced by the DENR-BMB, this series is important in making sure that every Filipino can help protect the value and wealth of our national patrimony.
Signed on 22 June 2018, the ENIPAS law established 94 protected areas (PAs) in the country, which increased the number of legislated PAs to 107, and provides the system for the management of these sites. It also aims to strengthen climate change adaptation mechanisms and the conservation of Philippine biodiversity.
December 28, 2020
Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda lends her voice to the UP Vargas Museum Virtual Tour of its Permanent Art Collection at the 2/F Main Gallery. The virtual tour, which recounts the story of the Vargas Collection, was done in English, with Legarda as narrator, and in Filipino, with JC Santos, a theater and film actor. Both Legarda and Santos are alumni of the University of the Philippines Diliman.
The Virtual Tour may be accessed on the UP Vargas Museum Youtube Channel. For more information, please check UP Vargas Facebook page.
January 13, 2021
Deputy Speaker Legarda gave her statement at the IRENA Legislators Forum Session 1 Panel Discussion: Renewable Energy as an enabler to rebuild better after COVID-19.
January 21, 2021
Deputy Speaker Legarda made a statement on the United States Rejoining the Paris Agreement.
Legarda stated that President Biden’s commitment to rejoin the Paris Agreement and pursue carbon neutrality by 2050 adds to the building momentum for global climate action.
January 22, 2021
House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda filed yesterday a resolution urging the Climate Change Commission (CCC) to submit the Philippines’ pledge to the Paris Agreement and in turn “address the climate emergency” and “drive the country towards a sustainable pandemic recovery.”
House Resolution No. 1494 calls for the country’s Paris climate pledge, formally known as a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), to convey the “highest possible climate ambition in reflection of the government’s strong commitment to contribute to global efforts to advance climate justice.”
January 25, 2021
Deputy Speaker Legarda delivered a Privilege Speech on the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and Climate Adaptation Summit.
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda strongly urged her fellow lawmakers in the Congress to protect and revive ecosystems in the country by pushing for laws to ban single-use plastics and manage segregation of waste, and aligning government programs to support nature-based solutions to address the climate crisis.
February 9, 2021
Three-term Senator and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda filed House Resolution 1549 following news reports on counterfeit garments coming from abroad that have appropriated weaves from the Cordillera.
The resolution also suggested the need to create a comprehensive cultural archive of cultural properties of the different ethno-linguistic groups of the country, to record, classify, organize and protect them.
February 15, 2021
Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda has filed a bill seeking to promote sustainable mobility through the establishment of a network of bicycle lanes and emergency pathways which shall connect cyclists and pedestrians to essential destinations such as work, school, medical facilities, and market.
Legarda explained that House Bill 8688 serves as counterpart measure of Senate Bill 1582, authored and sponsored by Senator Pia Cayetano, which was already approved on third reading. The bill, when passed into law, will also require local government units to designate slow streets, an initiative that will impose speed limits and access to motorized vehicles on certain days or hours in order to alleviate overcrowding and provide cyclists and pedestrians safer access to essential services.
February 23, 2021
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda delivered a keynote speech at the first session of the Future Earth Philippines Regional Workshop for Visayas today. The three-term Senator called for stronger science-based governance as the Philippines remains on track in Climate Action under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, but could be failing in its pursuit of other SDGs.
As a champion for resilience, Legarda also emphasized the importance of translating knowledge into action during her keynote speech—bringing science into local government interventions, and bringing research to the level of the barangay.
The FEP Regional Workshop for Visayas is a two-day workshop held via Zoom with the aim of helping local governments review their development plans, assess the status of development in their jurisdiction, and draft strategies to facilitate their transition towards sustainable development and improved resilience. In attendance are representatives from LGUs, the academe, industry, and other institutions.
March 6, 2021
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda delivered a speech at the virtual colloquium on inclusive security organized by the E-MNSA Class of the National Defense College of the Philippines entitled “Women and Inclusive Security and Peace: Women Leaders Breaking Ceilings in a VUCA World”. The pilot E-MNSA Class was made possible through the amendment increasing the NDCP budget sponsored by Legarda.
March 8, 2021
In celebration of the International Women’s Day, three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda underscored the need to invest in economic empowerment that would allow women to play a more active role in an inclusive and equitable growth and recovery amid the pandemic.
Legarda said that, while the Philippines was recognized by the World Economic Forum as the best performing country in Asia in terms of closing gender gaps, she hopes to see a country that does not only empower women’s rights but also provides easy access to economic opportunities.
Moreover, the three-term Senator also encouraged more women to help preserve our culture and tradition by engaging in culture-based livelihoods which she has long supported such as weaving and crafts-making using resources that are abundant in their respective areas such as bamboo, abaca, coconut, buri, shells and other raw materials.
Legarda, who authored livelihood assistance measures such as the Magna Carta for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises and the Barangay Kabuhayan and Skills Training Act, also encouraged Filipino women to avail of other programs such as the DTI Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program, DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), as well as DOST Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST), DOLE Pangkabuhayan, among others, to assist their needs towards financial independence.
March 15, 2021
Three-term Senator and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda joins the 2021 Quincentennial of the Philippines’ part in the achievement of humankind in circumnavigating the world.
Among the milestone events that will be commemorated during the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP) are the 500th anniversary of the Victory of Lapu-Lapu in the Battle of Mactan, celebration of the first mass in the Philippines, the circumnavigation of the globe by Ferdinand Magellan-Juan Sebastian Elcano from 1519-1522, respectively.
As the former Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, Legarda provided funds for the Quincentennial and its activities such as workshops and lectures, the launch of art competitions that promote victory and humanity and the establishment of markers, among many others.
March 23, 2021
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda called on fellow parliamentarians to ensure environmental and climate laws are being implemented and funded as the Asia-Pacific region pursues sustainable recovery amid COVID-19 during the opening panel discussion of the Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue: Turning Climate Promise into Action
The three-day regional dialogue was organized by the United Nations Development Programme, with the aim of tackling the interrelated goals of climate action, gender equality, and COVID-19 recovery.
March 24, 2021
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda called for greater international support for renewable energy as countries look to invest in COVID-19 recovery in a keynote speech for the Joint Virtual Policy Dialogue of the Global Renewables Congress (GRC) and the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).
The Policy Dialogue was aimed at providing a space of exchange among members of parliaments, experts, and civil society on how to influence good policymaking amid efforts at COVID-19 recovery. The Dialogue tackled the necessity of phasing out fossil fuels in different countries’ energy sectors, the opportunities and challenges of an energy transition, and the next steps in building the regulatory and policy framework to safeguard a welcoming environment for a future that is sustainable, resilient, and inclusive.
March 25, 2021
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda delivered a privilege speech on women economic empowerment in line with the celebration of Women’s Month.
March 30, 2021
Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda filed House Resolution 1681 that will direct the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry into the implementation of pertinent women-related laws and policies in line with the Updated Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.
The Updated Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 is geared towards the Ambisyon Natin 2040 that details strategies, policies, and programs under the three main pillars of Malasakit (building a high-trust society), Pagbabago (transforming towards equity and resiliency), and Patuloy na Pag-unlad (increasing growth potential). The updated Plan responds to the emergence of new threats to the country’s growth prospects and guides the transition towards economic recovery.
April 6, 2021
Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda gave a statement on Asian American attacks.
April 8, 2021
Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, filed a bill seeking to develop and implement an ecosystem and natural accounting system that applies to the Philippine environment, giving importance to the role, value, and impact of the country’s natural resources on the economy.
House Bill 9181, otherwise known as the Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Capital Accounting System (PENCAS) Law of 2021, will include what was formerly considered “externalities,” not valued as capital, in the national income accounts. Conventional national income accounting systems measure economic performance by determining the value of goods and services produced in a country and aggregating them to develop economic development indicators, such as the Gross National Product (GNP) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
April 16, 2021
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda lauded the approval of the Philippines’ first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which pledges significant cuts to the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in pursuit of the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the country’s first NDC conveys a 75% GHG emissions reduction and avoidance by 2030. Out of this, 72.29% is conditional or contingent on the support of climate finance, technologies, and capacity development, which shall be provided by developed countries as prescribed by the Paris Agreement, while the other 2.71% is unconditional or shall be implemented mainly through domestic resources. This is higher than the 70% GHG reduction target in the Philippines’ Intended NDC submitted in 2015.
April 20, 2021
Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker, Loren Legarda stressed the importance of effective and efficient contact tracing as a tool to curb further local transmissions and reduce mortality rate of COVID-19 in the country.
May 28, 2021
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda delivered a message during the virtual launch of the Manlilikha ng Bayan Gallery at the National Museum of Anthropology to honor sixteen recipients of Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan from 1993 to 2016.
June 5, 2021
In celebration of World Environment Day with the theme Ecosystem Restoration, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, a staunch advocate of environmental protection and preservation, and author of most of our environmental laws, joins the United Nations on its call to Reimagine. Recreate. Restore in order to prevent rapid degradation of the ecosystem.
June 14, 2021
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda led the launching of two books on Ifugao Culture – the Ifugao Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices and the INABOL: Traditional and Contemporary Ifugao Textiles, that she funded during her stint as the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.
June 19, 2021
The documentary, Finding Rizal in a Time of Barriers, was launched.
Amidst the challenging circumstances, Legarda, who is the visionary behind the project, was inspired and uplifted by Rizal’s life. The project began when former senator Loren Legarda toured the small German town of Wilhelmsfeld in 2019 together with Dr. Fritz Hack Ullmer. Dr Ullmer is the great grandson of Pastor Karl Ullmer who hosted Rizal for three months in Wilhelmsfeld in 1886. The memories of that stay, as well as Rizal’s correspondence and memorabilia have since become part of the Ullmer family’s legacy through three generations.