OVP, partners extend aid to Palawan folk » Manila Bulletin News



by Raymund Antonio

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has returned to Agutaya, Palawan for a four-day visit for the turnover of educational toys, motorized boats, school bags and school supplies as part of its anti-poverty program.

Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ G. Robredo’s team took a 16-hour boat ride from Iloilo on June 2 for the opening of a playspace in the Daycare Center of Poblacion village through Angat Buhay.

Leni Robredo

It was the Philippine Toy Library that provided the playspace equipped with a slide, seesaw, scooters, clay sets and other occupational toys.

“The toys and school supplies were brought by the RAF International Forwarding Inc.,” according to the OVP.

RAF is one of OVP’s partners in shipping materials to the far flung provinces in the country.

The next day, the OVP through its partner St. Theresa’s College Quezon City Alumni Association, distributed motorized boats to the fisherfolk of Algeciras village.

“Fishermen who once relied on borrowing fishing vessels for their daily income now are able to maximize their earnings to feed their families,” the OVP said.

At the same time, Robredo’s office and Andres Soriano Foundation visited Diit village to monitor the 34 weavers who were given livelihood training on buri and pandan weaving.

With their partnership, the weavers were connected to the nearby resort where their hat and bag products are currently being sold.

The last day of the visit in Agutaya was spent on the turnover of school supplies two elementary schools–Matarawis and Maracanao.

 The Vice President visited Agutaya, a 5th class municipality in Palawan islands, in November last year.

Agutaya is one of the 50 local government units included in her flagship progrn Angat Buhay, meant to improve the quality of lie in the community.

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