Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara urged Filipinos not to miss out on the chance to pitch in for the global effort to protect the planet and fight climate change by joining this year’s Earth Hour.
“Turning our lights off for one hour may be a simple act, but when done collectively it could make a huge difference in energy consumption and help reduce the devastating effects of global warming,” Angara said.
Earth Hour 2019, with the theme #Connect2Earth, is happening from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
Senator Sonny Angara has secured the backing of two powerful political clans in the vote-rich Cavite province to seek another six-year term in the Senate.
The lawmaker, who is running under the platform “Alagang Angara,” is one of the preferred senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm election based on various pre-election surveys, landing in the top 2 to top 5 spot.
Angara was in Cavite on Wednesday on the invitation of the influential Remulla and Revilla families to attend various activities and events organized by the provincial government.
Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara said the government needs to dispatch immediate help to farmers who are now bearing the brunt of drought caused by El Niño to help them mitigate the negative effects of the weather phenomenon.
“The government must ensure that intervention programs reach small-scale farmers and farmworkers to help them cope with and mitigate the extreme impacts of El Niño,” Angara said.
Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara said the government should step up efforts to create more and better local jobs to end forced migration that has separated millions of families for decades, while genuinely promoting and protecting the welfare of Filipino workers overseas until they are ready to return home.
Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara said the government should look for ways to attract investments that will create higher-paying jobs to encourage Filipinos to stay and work in the country.
“It’s not enough that we create just more jobs, we need to create better jobs so we can prevent our countrymen from leaving the Philippines to work abroad,” Angara said.
Angara said the government may consider launching a new “Made-in-the-Philippines” campaign, which would make use of the country’s unique competitive advantage in the services sector.
Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara is urging the government to put in place measures that would create more jobs and increase productivity in the agriculture sector to encourage young people to venture into farming.
“Kailangan nating palakasin ang sektor ng agrikultura at palakihin ang kita ng mga magsasaka para mahikayat natin ang mga kabataan na magsaka,” said Angara, who joined the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) campaign caravan in Negros Occidental, which is home to at least six universities and colleges offering various courses in agriculture.
Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara is seeking wide-ranging reforms in the water sector to ensure the availability of the precious resource across the country at all times in the wake of the water shortage in most parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province that has exposed the lack of a master plan to ensure proper water management and governance.
Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara is urging employers not to engage in discriminatory recruitment practices that favor men over women just to avoid paying additional benefits, particularly maternity leave claims.
“Employers should never hire new employees based on their gender, much more if the intention is to evade payment of maternity benefits. Such practice is not only unfair; it is also illegal,” said Angara, co-author and sponsor of Republic Act 11210 which extends the paid maternity leave to 105 days from 60.