By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo’s Angat Buhay, her flagship antipoverty program, provided various types of assistance to localfolk in Occidental Mindoro and Leyte.
A team from the Office of the Vice President went to Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro to conduct a bio-extensive gardening training program while another team returned to Baybay, Leyte for the turnover of livelihood subsidies to five indigent mothers.
Robredo, in her official Facebook page, said the training program is aimed at improving the “availability and use of nutritionally relevant indigenous vegetables in daycare centers and community gardens.”
Angat Buhay partner, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), which accompanied the OVP team to Sta. Cruz, provided the training sessions and gardening tools.
Aside from these, 33 daycare workers were also given seedlings to sustain the gardens in their respective communities.
Robredo said she hoped that this will “help improve nutrition and food production” for the residents of these rural areas.
OVP’s local government partner in Occidental Mindoro identified the beneficiaries for the project.
Robredo’s office does not fully subsidize the poverty alleviation program given its limited resources.
To support its operations and continue providing assistance to Filipinos in need, the OVP works as a conduit for private companies and non-governmental organizations and link them with local government units.
In Leyte, the indigent mothers used the livelihood assistance for purchase of hogs, feeds, and the construction of pens, according to the OVP. They were also given a hog-raising seminar.
Robredo’s office wants the indigent mothers to start a sustainable source of income for their families.