By Raymund Antonio
Senior high school students from a public school in Panglao, Bohol were the latest beneficiaries of Vice President Leni Robredo’s flagship Angat Buhay program.
Robredo’s office, in partnership with Masflex KitchenPro and La Opala, provided kitchen tools and equipment to Lourdes National High School during a recent visit in the province.
“Puwedeng makatulong sa mga estudyante,” “Kaya nagbigay ng lahat na kailangan na equipment para maging maayos iyong culinary track ng senior high(These can help the students. We provided all the much-needed equipment to bolster the senior high culinary track.) ,”said Robredo.
An advocate of the poor, the Vice President brought along with her Chef Gene Gonzales from the Center for Asian Culinary Studies who gave a cooking lecture to students.
These were made possible by Robredo’s Angat Buhay antipoverty program, which she claimed has so far helped 155,000 families in 176 communities across the country.
Angat Buhay links private companies and organizations with local government units to give poor communities various types of assistance they need.
Panglao is one of the towns in Bohol that received assistance from the Office of the Vice President and its partner organizations. The other is Maribojoc, where she distributed boats to fishermen last year.
At the Lourdes National High School, Robredo also led the conduct of a feeding program, funded by her supporters from a group called Bohol4Leni, for malnourished students.
The project also includes the conduct of capacity-building program for students apart from kitchen tools and equipment.
“Part of this is capacity-building. In fact, it has been started. Chef Gene Gonzales is with us. He taught them, then we would give scholarships to bring students to Manila after graduation,” she said in Filipino.