Robredo vows to sustain anti-poverty initiatives » Manila Bulletin News




By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo, on her second year in office, vowed to sustain her anti-poverty program Angat Buhay, with the backing of the private sector.

Leni Robredo
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“Kaya ang sabi ko, kahit marami nang narating, marami pa ring kailangang marating. (That’s why I said even I have been through to many places, there is still a lot to visit.),” Robredo said in her radio program, “BISErbisyong Leni.”

Robredo noted there are several partners from private donors and aid groups, which are willing to extend assistance, but they only have to be informed about the needs of poverty-stricken communities.

“Kaya ang ginagawa namin kapag bumibisita kami sa isang lugar — whether dito sa Metro Manila o sa probinsya — nagsasama kami ng mga kumpanya, mga private na mga organisasyon, para makita nila iyong sitwasyon sa lugar. (So what we are doing when we visit a place whether here in Metro Manila or in the province, we bring along representatives from the private sector, private organizations for them to see the situation.),” she said.

Despite the limited funds of her office, Robredo’s anti-poverty program was able to visit 130 cities and municipalities and extended P52.72- million worth of assistance for 36,046 individuals in less than a year.

Angat Buhay has given boats to fishermen in Maribojoc, Bohol; built classrooms for schoolchildren in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, and just recently, provided wheelchairs for persons with disabilities and special children in Malabon.

She said her office also spent its budget for calamity victims and evacuees from war-torn Marawi apart from the poor communities.

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