Press Release
October 7, 2012

People's Trust in Loren Soars
Legarda Attributes High Trust Rating to Hard Work, Consistent Advocacies

Grateful of the confidence of Filipinos in her, Senator Loren Legarda said that the high trust rating she received in the recent Pulse Asia Survey can be attributed to the quality of work she has been doing and for being consistent with her advocacies.

"I am grateful that I have earned the respect and trust of the Filipino people. The results of the survey are a symbolic representation of the Filipinos' confidence in the kind of governance I espouse. I owe it to the people to work hard and work sincerely for the causes that I believe will be beneficial to our nation and our people," said Legarda.

The Senator scored a trust rating of 81% in the Pulse Asia Survey conducted from August 31 to September 7, 2012. High-ranking national officials who were included in the survey are President Benigno Aquino III with 78%, Vice President Jejomar Binay with 84%, and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile with 65%.

Legarda has consistently worked for the protection of the rights of women and children, authoring laws such as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, the Anti-Child Labor Law, and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

As Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Legarda has sponsored the approval of twelve (12) international agreements, recently ushering the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of the International Labor Organization Convention 189 (Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers) and the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, which both aim to provide better protection to Filipino workers.

Moreover, Legarda authored several measures to promote every Filipino's right to health such as the Newborn Screening Act, the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Act, the Food and Drug Administration Act, and the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.

To promote the resilience of rural livelihoods and support small enterprises, she authored the Barangay Kabuhayan Act, the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act, and the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Act.

A known champion for environmental protection, climate change adaptation (CCA), and disaster risk reduction (DRR), Legarda authored and sponsored laws such as the Clean Air Act , the Solid Waste Management Act, the Climate Change Act, the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, and the People's Survival Fund Act. For these efforts, she was appointed by the United Nations as a Regional Champion for DRR and CCA for Asia-Pacific.

For her outstanding work for the cause of Muslims, Legarda was given the title of Bai a labi (Honorary Muslim Princess) by the Marawi Sultanate league.

"I am glad to know that there is growing clamor for sustainable development, protection of women and children, promotion of workers' right to decent work, and provision of better opportunities in the countryside. It gives me better motivation and more strength to continue working towards my vision of a resilient Filipino society," said Legarda.

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