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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Leni's drive vs. poverty
includes Neg. Occ. IPs

Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday launched her “Angat Buhay: Partnerships Against Poverty” and Hinobaan town in Negros Occidental is among the 50 Local Government Units set to receive assistance.

Among those present at the Partnerships Against Poverty Summit 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from Negros Occidental were Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela, Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao and representatives of non-government organizations.

Mayors of 50 LGUs handpicked by the Office of the Vice President as pilot areas for Robredo‘s anti-poverty campaign across the country each signed a Memorandum of Understanding with her yesterday.

Among those mayors was Estrao who said the Indigenous People community of Damutan Valley in Hinobaan was identified as a Angat Buhay pilot area and several groups committed assistance yesterday.

The Damutan Valley IP community that has a 2,500 population will receive classrooms, school supplies, a health care center, day care center, livelihood assistance and an access road, Estrao said.

Among the Negros groups that pledged assistance were the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) and the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF).

Cora Henares, NWTF director for operations, said they committed to build two classrooms for Damutan Valley.

Millie Kilayko, NVC president, said their group committed livelihood, nutrition and education assistance for Damutan Valley in Hinobaan, nutrition and livelihood for the indigenous people of Lantapan, Bukidnon, and nutrition assistance for Lambunao, Iloilo and Maribojoc, Bohol.

More than 560 pledges were made yesterday to end poverty on the local level by hundreds of development partners and donor agencies during the launch of Angat Buhay, Robredo said.

Marañon lauded Robredo's anti-poverty campaign that he said is worthy of emulation, pointing out that pledges of assistance came from local and foreign groups.

Robredo, in her speech at the launching, said poverty is the root cause of many Filipino families' suffering.

“Poverty is a larger war that needs our focus and attention,” she said.

“The problems we face require building bridges, not walls. They require collaboration, not polarization. We will succeed faster if we include, not exclude,” she said.

The truth is, many are willing to come together and build these bridges, she said.

And the best platform to fulfill hopes in the fight against poverty is at the local government level, where approaches need to be holistic, customized, and owned by the beneficiaries themselves, she said.

“We shall therefore bridge LGUs and development partners and orchestrate these projects so that we achieve our goals at the soonest possible time with the least amount of resources,” the vice president said.

The 50 LGUs are just the first batch, Robredo said, “We will be bringing Angat Buhay to where it is needed and to places where leadership is most empowering and efficient. Everything that we do here will benefit the Filipino family.”

“Whatever we are able to put together as collective platforms and roadmaps, I hope to offer to the President as our humble contribution to our shared desire to improve our people's lives,” she added.*CPG




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