By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) hopes to get more partners from the private sector for its ‘Angat Buhay’ anti-poverty program.
Vice President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo recently met with the Optometric Association of the Philippines to discuss possible partnership in helping injured soldiers in Marawi City.
Marawi City has been covered by the OVP’s poverty alleviation projects even before terrorist group members laid siege on the city in May 2017.
An advocate of the poor, Robredo said the OAP also expressed intention to partner with her office to bring its Our Children’s Vision program in Angat Buhay areas in Bulacan.
The program aims to provide assistive eye care for students to prevent permanent eye damage.
“I’m glad to know that they are interested to work with us,” Robredo said in her Facebook post after their meeting.
The Vice President said she was looking forward to partner with OAP this year.
Robredo’s office has more than 200 partners for its Angat Buhay program, which links local government units in need of assistance to private companies and non-government organizations.
Angat Buhay has so far benefited 89,958 families from 176 communities around the country since its launch in October 2016.
They received P176.4-million worth of assistance, from food packs, livelihood trainings and assistance, classrooms, school supplies, to solar kits and generators, among others.
“We expect this 2018 that more classrooms will be built because we have many partners,” Georgina Hernandez, head of OVP’s Advocacy and Anti-Poverty programs, said.
The OVP is looking at the construction of classrooms in public schools in remote areas in partnership with Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Philam and Sunlife Foundations.
Hernandez, also Robredo’s spokesperson, said they would focus on helping high school students in terms of technical – vocational training and jobs upon grduation.