Robredo resounds call for action on various issues affecting urban poor, marginalized sectors

Published May 15, 2018, 8:20 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo resounded her call for action on various issues affecting the urban poor and other marginalized sectors after hearing out their concerns on Tuesday.

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom on Saturday, April 7, 2018 (Manila time), in the event called "Overcoming Poverty in the Philippines and the Role of Politics in Economic Growth." The event was organized by the student society DESTIN, in partnership with the LSE International Development department, and the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Center. Here, VP Leni was invited for a talk that focused on the economy, politics, and the state of poverty in the Philippines, to an audience that included students of LSE and other universities, among them Filipinos taking up post-graduate studies in London. (Photo by OVP)
Vice President Leni Robredo

Addressing participants of the “Kongreso ng Taumbayan,” Robredo called on the people to uphold the fundamental tenet of democracy—citizen participation, especially of the poor.

“Ang tunay at mabuting pamamahala ay isang gobyernong handang makinig sa boses ng bayan, isang gobyernong nagbibigay puwang sa taong bayan na makilahok,” she said.

“Para sa akin, hindi sapat na tagasunod lamang ang taong bayan o tagatanggap lamang ng tulong. Mahalaga na mabigyan siya ng boses at makapagpahayag,” the Vice President stressed.

Robredo, a former housing chief, attended the gathering of urban poor members and sectoral organization at the Asian Social Institute in Malate, Manila.

The ASI, Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Samahang Laico, and the Urban Poor Associates, among others, jointly convened the Kongreso ng Taumbayan that aimed to discuss national issues that need government attention.

They discussed the rice supply and price hike, extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses, impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, and continuing violence that resulted from the war on drugs.

The day-long meeting led to the formulation of a collective response to these issues while resolutions were proposed for the withdrawal of the need to change the Constitution or to shift to federalism.

The Vice President recognized the People’s Congress as a big step toward national unity.

“Isang napakalakhing hakbang patungo sa ating pagkakaisa. Ito po ay magbibigay sa atin ng pagkakataon para mag-usap tungkol sa mga isyu bumabagabag sa ating bansa,” she said.

“Kailangan ipaglaban natin ang pagkakataong magkaroon ng malawakan at bukas na diskuro sa ating bayan. Ipakikipaglaban natin ang karapatan ninyong magpahayag. Ito po ang pundasyon ng demokrasya,” Robredo added.