Immersion in the laylayan ‘irreplaceable,’ shape policies, programs of Robredo leadership — VP Leni
“Irreplaceable” was how Vice President Leni Robredo described her immersion in communities in the laylayan when asked about the lessons she learned during her presidential campaign.
“Ang pinaka-aral pong napulot ko, hindi lang sa pag-ikot ngayong kampanya pero mula pa noong NGO worker ako, nag-aabogado ako para sa mga basehang sektor, hanggang sa nasa Congress na ako, hanggang noong VP na ako, na wala talagang kapalit ‘yung magbabad sa communities dahil doon ka nakikinig,” Robredo said at the first Comelec PiliPinas Presidential Debates 2022 on Saturday, March 19.
“At ‘pag sabi kong pagbabad sa communities, hindi during campaign pero bago pa niyan. Doon ka nakikinig, doon mo nararamdaman ‘yung kahirapan na pinagdadaanan ng ating mga kababayan, at ‘yun ‘yung nagshe-shape sa mga policies at mga projects na ginagawa natin,” she added.
Since the campaign officially began on February 8, Robredo has been to different parts of the country, visiting provinces, cities, towns, and even the smallest barangays, starting her day as early as 7am so that she can reach as many communities as possible.
Last week, she went to Malamawi Island in Basilan. Its population is only a little over 2,000, almost half of whom are women. Robredo was the first presidential candidate to ever visit the community.
Robredo visits the smallest, poorest, and farthest communities to listen to the marginalized communities, whether it’s the elections or not.
And visiting the sectors has been Robredo’s practice, elections or not.
Robredo, who was a public interest lawyer before she entered politics, said that when she was a representative for Camarines Sur’s third district, the legislations she crafted were driven by her commitment to help the poor and eradicate corruption.
Until she became Vice President, Robredo said her programs remained focused on addressing poverty.
“Noong nasa Congress ako, karamihan sa aking mga panukalang batas ay pagtulong sa mga basehang sektor, ang pag-ayos ng korapsyon. Ngayong VP na ako, gano’n pa rin. Meron kaming anti-poverty program na Angat Buhay na nagbababad talaga kami sa pinaka-mahihirap na mga communities,” she said.
“Ito, kaya inaayos namin ang governance, kaya inaayos namin ‘yung korapsyon, kasi ang palagay natin kapag naayos natin ang governance, kapag naalis natin ang korapsyon, mas maraming pera ‘yung mapupunta para sa mga proyekto para sa ating mga kababayan,” Robredo said.
Robredo shared that if she was able to reach many Filipinos through an office with limited resources, she can help more communities if elected to a higher position.
“Kung ngayong VP ako, marami kaming natutulungan, lalo na ‘pag binigyan ako ng mas malaking mandato,” she said. [End]