By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo has begun wooing potential partners for her flagship anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay, upon her arrival in the United States for an official trip.
Robredo, a lawyer and former housing chief, delivered the keynote address at the All Ateneo Alumni Association of North America in San Diego, which held a fundraising activity for the beneficiaries of Angat Buhay.
She said the project would benefit women and youth, which are being assisted by Ateneo de Zamboanga University, an Angat Buhay partner.
“The school lost some buildings to a fire a few years back. Despite the loss, ADZU has been helping in our programs for women and youth and in disaster response in Zamboanga, Sulu, and Basilan,” she said in a Facebook post.
The fundraising activity was a platform for the Vice President to get the commitment and support of participants for her poverty alleviation program.
Robredo said her office received pledges from new Angat Buhay partners to provide assistance to needy communities in the Philippines.
The Office of the Vice President marked this month the second anniversary of Angat Buhay that so far benefited 155,000 families in 176 areas across the country.
Robredo’s flagship anti-poverty program, launched on October 10, 2016, has six pillars — food security, nutrition, housing, rural development, women empowerment, and education.
The OVP links private companies and non-government organizations (NGOs) to various local government units geared toward improving the lives of poor families.
Robredo is in the U.S for a series of engagements this week, including a speech before a top policy think tank based in Washington, D.C.
She is set to speak at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Thursday for the CSIS-Pertamina-Banyan Tree Leadership Forum and the US-Philippines Strategic Initiative.
Part of her trip is her meeting with inspiring overseas Filipino workers who will be featured in her Istorya ng Pag-asa project.