Press Release
February 15, 2013

Legarda bares legislative priorities for next term

Senator Loren Legarda, senatorial candidate of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), today discussed her legislative priorities should she win another term in the Senate.

"Healthcare is number one. My primary goal is to make sure that Philhealth benefits are available to our millions of indigent Filipinos who still have no access to healthcare," she said.

The first bill that Legarda filed in the 15th Congress is Senate Bill No. 4, the Mandatory Universal Healthcare Coverage Act, which has been approved by the Senate and the House.

"I hope the bill will be enacted soon, but I will continue to monitor and ensure that all our citizens especially the poorest will have access to free healthcare services," she stressed.

Another priority is the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers that will provide security of tenure to teachers and ensure the right to self-organization and collective bargaining.

The continuous nationwide greening program is another important concern for Legarda, which is why she will propose Barangay Greening and Forest Rehabilitation that will empower local officials to advance greening of forestlands as a priority adaptation strategy, all the way from the provincial to the barangay level.

"I will also push for preparedness in buildings during fire, earthquake and other disasters to prepare especially schoolchildren and hospitals on how to avert disasters and how to properly respond should they happen," she explained.

"I would also want to do something that would benefit both the media and our youth. I would want to propose fiscal incentives to media entities to encourage members of the broadcast and film industry to produce educational programs for children and make quality education accessible, especially in the countryside," she added.

"Healthcare, education, improvement of working conditions of our Filipino workers, and safer and disaster-resilient communities--these are my priorities because these are the needs of our people," Legarda concluded.

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