Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Ancient Representative Loren Legarda will seek to address issues of health, livelihoods and the environment in her bid to run for the Senate in next year’s national elections.
Legarda, who was elected to the Senate in 1998, 2007 and 2013, said she was running for a position as lawmaker in the upper house of Congress to focus on providing a pandemic recovery budget.
“We should institutionalize health services until the last mile, until the last barangay. So we really should improve health services in provincial hospitals even though health care is devolved, ”Legarda said in an interview in The Final Word of CNN Philippines.
“Recovery from a pandemic is not only about the health care of Filipinos, but also the economic recovery of every Filipino family. Legarda added that this could be done by allocating a budget for enough COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, including injections for Filipinos 18 and under.
She added that the pandemic recovery is both a health issue and an employment issue.
MP Antique said existing government livelihood programs should be given additional funding to help the poorest Filipino family.
“We must also be prepared to be able to help the poorest Filipino families who have been affected by the pandemic to be able to recover,” said Legarda.
Regarding the country’s environmental problems, Legarda said the resources allocated to the dolomite beach in Manila Bay could have been placed elsewhere. The former three-term senator added that she agreed with the findings of the UP Marine Institute.
Legarda also said local government officials should focus on segregating waste at the source, recycling and composting before any beautification or aesthetics.
L’Antique Solon said the 1995 mining law review should be done as it is already quite old. She added that we need to ensure that local communities receive their fair share, and that the rehabilitation fund is also implemented and executed.
Regarding the project to build casinos in Boracay, Legarda said she was against the project and preferred to keep the island as a refuge for nature and culture.
Regarding waste disposal issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, Legarda called on households to start finding solutions in their homes.
Legarda also said she was promoting easier public access to the President, Vice President and Members of Congress SALNs. However, she is not in favor of reimposing the death penalty for drug-related offenses. (Melvin Sarangay)
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