By Raymund F. Antonio
It was not an easy ride for Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo, but her first year in office allowed her to take her anti-poverty program throughout the country and that has made her proud.
Robredo visited 80 communities with almost P52.72 million worth of resources for 36,046 individuals and 22,275 families.
“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved — from 50 pilot LGUs (local government units) in 2016, we’re now at 134. But we all know, we can’t rest,” she said.
The Vice President noted there are “more needs to be done because there are so many of our fellow Filipinos that continue to be left out.”
Since she assumed office on June 30 last year, Robredo went from one place to another to reach out to poor communities and consult its residents on what their needs are.
The country’s second highest official launched “Angat Buhay,” her flagship program, to facilitate partnerships between local governments and different stakeholders to address poverty.
Her office has partnered with various donors from the private sector to provide assistance from rural development, feeding and nutrition programs, livelihood, medical and dental missions, and educational infrastructure.
“Because our office has no funds for projects, we rely on partners to help us whenever we go to communities,” Robredo said.
For next year, Robredo, who was once a member of President Duterte’s Cabinet as housing chief, vowed to look for more partners.
At present, there are 134 local government units and over 300 partners in the program.
“This is just the beginning. There are still so many who need our help,” Vice Presidential spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said.
Hernandez, also the head of OVP’s Advocacy and Anti-Poverty programs, added: “We are not stopping until we have effectively raised the quality of living of our fellow Filipinos from the farthest and poorest communities in the country.”