Legarda renews call for implementation of Agri-Agra Law

SENATOR Loren Legarda has renewed her call for the strict implementation of Republic Act 10000 or the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act of 2009 during the hearing for the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). 

Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance and co-author of RA 10000, said that the agriculture sector is crucial for attaining economic development and the country’s food sufficiency target but various challenges face the sector, which has led to the crafting and enactment of the law. 

“Our aim is to support our farmers by allowing them to expand their…

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Legarda moves to avert looming water shortage
Photo by Kenneth Valladolid

FULLY AWARE of the challenges in the water sector, Senator Loren Legarda has asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to convene a technical working group to rationalize all the water agencies in the country.

“The continued overlapping and fragmented regulation of water supply services in the country by several government entities will hinder the enactment of a doable and long-term solution to prevent water shortage” Legarda said.

A recent study by the World Resources Institute revealed that the Philippines will likely experience severe water shortage by 2040 due to the combined impact of rapid…

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Legarda: Ratifying Paris accord beneficial for PH

SPEAKING before the Climate Change Forum-High-Level Climate Policy Forum in the Senate recently, Senator Loren Legarda renews call for urgent climate action.

She pointed out the country does not stand a chance against the catastrophic effect of global warming that has already breached the 1°C level with unprecedented warming in the past months.

“We have already borne countless tragedies and losses from recurring impacts of extreme weather events under a 1°C global warming. How much more with higher temperatures?” Legarda asked.

With this, she reiterated her call on climate vulnerable nations to take urgent action while waiting for the…

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Protection of PH Heritage Sites Urged

SENATOR Loren Legarda has urged the government to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation in its development agenda to protect heritage sites in the country.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, made the statement in reaction to a UN report entitled ‘The World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate (2016)’, which revealed that climate change is now one of the most significant risks for World Heritage Sites, including the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

"I have constantly warned about the effects of climate change on food, water, settlement, jobs, livelihood, human welfare,…

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The SEEDMAN, the 12 Farmer Leaders and the Smugglers

By V. L. Sonny Domingo

Henry Lim is an amiable and reasonable Filipino of pure Chinese parents. He is Chinese looking but was born in the Philippines and is more a Filipino at heart than most Filipinos.

I was introduced to him by then Agriculture Sec. Cito Lorenzo to collaborate with him since we were both trying to engage into the seed industry to help the smallholder farmers.

I was interested in putting up SeedBankS where the farmers can exchange their old seeds with certified seeds. Henry spent millions to bring in a Chinese hybrid scientist for commercial hybrid seed…

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