By Raymund Antonio
Like any other volunteer, Vice President Leni Robredo has joined her party’s campaign to meet and hear the testimonies of Filipinos experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Project Makinig, the official name of opposition Liberal Party’s movement, has mobilized more than 2,000 volunteers nationwide to engage in face-to-face conversations with their fellow Filipinos.
Launched in October, the campaign has provided people the opportunity to share not only their difficult real-life stories, but also their dreams and personal views on various issues.
The Vice President herself lent an ear to Naguenos.
“Parang nagsu-survey on the ground kung ano iyong mga panaginip, kahirapan, ng mga tao. (It is like surveying on the ground to find out the dreams and hardships of the people),” Robredo, chairperson of the LP, said.
“Ako mismo iyong nag-interview ng mga tao on the ground (I myself interviewed people on the ground),” the Vice President added.
The once-ruling party is heavily relying on its volunteers and non-politician members to carry out its advocacies and other projects.
But in Project Makinig, Robredo noted the participation of non-LP members is welcome.
“Ang puwedeng mag-volunteer, kahit hindi members ng Liberal Party (Anyone can volunteer even they are not members of the Liberal Party),” Robredo, a lawyer, said.
The opposition party recorded 30,000 stories of people from all walks of life during their conversations with volunteers since the campaign launch.
Among them were the life-stories of Nanay Rita, 61, who lost her job to younger parking attendants, and a grandmother whose son was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen.
With their stories, the Vice President recognized the need to step up efforts to listen to the people in these difficulties times.
“We are defined by much more than our political allegiances. We only need to be open and listen to the people to remember this,” she said.