Vice President Leni Robredo called on Filipinos to take a more active role in nation-building by engaging the government and its leaders.
Speaking before the Rotary Club of Makati on Tuesday, June 26, the Vice President noted that the challenges the country is facing today need the cooperation and participation of the citizenry, saying they are empowered by “leaders who will inspire others not just to follow but to lead as well.”
“We need to create a community where each one is given the opportunity to lead and grow, because in the end, the fate of our country lies not in the hands of a strong leader, but in the collective courage and action of our people,” she said.
“But for all these to flourish, we all must create an environment where ordinary Filipinos can speak freely, engage the government without fear, and expect results from such engagement. This is not the government’s job alone; the responsibility lies in all of us,” she added.
In her remarks, the Vice President spoke of her experience of fighting alongside marginalized sectors and helping them become empowered—the philosophy that drives her office’s flagship anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay.
Angat Buhay focuses on six key advocacy areas and assists 176 communities, among them the poorest, farthest, and smallest in the country. Here, the Office of the Vice President links the communities to partners, most of whom are from the private sector, who then provide assistance needed.
VP Leni said the people must work “to heal the hate and apathy around us today,” so focus may be given on addressing poverty.
“As your duly-elected Vice President, I am here to lead the fight against poverty. But I cannot do it alone. I certainly need a lot of your help, so that we can illuminate every corner of this country with courage, resilience, and generosity,” she said.
“Let us prove that we can be more than our differences. That we are not solely defined by our politics and personal preferences. That, as one people, we can turn our dreams for our country into tangible reality,” she added.