Press Release
February 9, 2010


Jumpstarting her campaign today in a mammoth rally in Laguna, Senator Loren Legarda emphasized the need for a holistic platform of governance as the country nears a change of leadership. She called on the voting public to consider a candidate's concrete and tangible record of action in their choice of leaders.

According to Loren, "our biggest fight is not a fight among politicians. It is a fight against poverty and hopelessness. That is what my seven-point agenda directly addresses."

Loren's seven policy pronouncements and principles include:

1. A pro-people leadership: a leadership premised on the principles of good governance, strong anti-corruption mechanisms, efficient delivery of vital social services such as health and education, and upholding the rule of law.

2. A more holistic national development strategy: one that is founded on the principles of sustainable and equitable development, that will allow us to propel agricultural growth and increase rural livelihoods balanced by a steady growth of urban industries and services and that enhances the overall competitiveness and stability of our economy as it engages in the global market.

3. A stronger promotion of environmental protection, proactive and strategic disaster preparedness and management: which will enable communities' resilience to the adverse effects of climate change, environmental degradation and disastrous extreme events.

4. Stronger efforts to protect the rights and welfare of overseas Filipino workers migrant workers, through adequate and expanded pre-employment and pre-departure support and skills training, mechanisms that will ensure social, gender and labor rights protection in their countries of destination, safe remittance channels, and psychological support when they re-integrate with their communities upon return.

5. Sustained, internationally-assisted and sincere negotiations with the NDF and MILF to achieve a just and lasting peace in Mindanao and throughout the country.

6. The empowerment of women in all spheres of life and work, and involving them in all aspects of public decision-making that will build towards dismantling all forms of inequalities, discrimination and injustices based on gender.

7. The creation of robust institutions and a supportive policy environment to enhance cultural identity and consciousness: the protection and restoration of Philippine cultural heritage sites and artifacts, while respecting and promoting cultural diversity among Filipinos particularly vis-à-vis indigenous communities.

"These are what I stand for and will continue to champion as an elected national official," said Loren, incumbent Senator and the only female vice presidential candidate in the May 2010 elections.

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