Senator Loren Legarda is a three-term Senator who chairs the Senate Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations, and Climate Change.
As one of the country’s leading champions for environmental protection, she has authored several landmark laws, namely, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Environmental Awareness and Education Act, Renewable Energy Act, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, Climate Change Act, and the People’s Survival Fund Law. Aside from authoring legislation, as Chairperson of the Philippine Senate Committee on Finance, she ensured the funding of government programs aimed at improving the lives of Filipinos and promoting inclusive, sustainable and resilient development.
Legarda has represented the Philippines in many important international assemblies. In 2013, she was Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 37th UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France. In 2014, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited her as the lone Philippine delegate to join the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan. In 2015, Legarda was co-head of the Philippine delegation to the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan. In 2017, she was Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. In January 2018, she was the lone Philippine delegate to the 26thAsia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Hanoi, Vietnam. In March 2018, she was also Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 138thAssembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland. In April 2018, she was Alternate Head of Philippine Delegation to the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, USA. She was again chosen as the Head of Philippine Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany in May 2018.
A cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines, National Defense College of the Philippines topnotcher, and graduate of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Command and General Staff College, Legarda is a reserve officer of the Philippine Air Force with the rank of colonel.
Her inspiring advocacy on environmental protection has earned her global recognition. She is the UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience and UNFCCC National Adaptation Plan Champion. She has been recognized as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and a UNEP Laureate.