By Raymund Antonio
The stormy weather did not prevent Vice President Leni Robredo from trekking to an upland village in Tanay, Rizal to personally deliver various forms of assistance to residents in the area.
Despite heavy rains, Robredo walked through a muddy, slippery trail for almost half an hour between bushes and trees to Sto. Niño village on Wednesday.
Accompanied by her staff members, the Vice President also crossed a hanging bridge while she was on her way to visit the local villagers.
Robredo’s trip was part of her office’s antipoverty program and advocacy to visit far-flung areas around the country to listen to the specific needs of residents on the fringes of society and uplift their lives.
The Vice President told reporters that Sto. Niño residents are in need of assistance, specifically related to their livelihood, during the community visit and consultation.
“Karamihan sa mga tao dito, iyong source of livelihood nila pagtatanim, pero napakaliit noong kanilang kinikita (Most of the people here, their source of livelihood is farming, but they only make small profit),” Robredo, a lawyer for the poor before she entered politics, said.
This was the first time local villagers saw a national official visiting their community.
Robredo promised to bring Angat Buhay partners, who can help address the needs of residents when it comes to farming.
These include technical assistance and training to boost their productivity and linking them to potential corporate buyers.
Her office initially provided financial literacy and medical assistance for residents.
A medical-dental mission and livelihood seminar were likewise held.
As of April, 132,018 families from 176 cities and municipalities nationwide received as much as P214-million worth of assistance from Robredo’s poverty alleviation program and its private partners.