Robredo commends 'rich wellspring' of Filipino generosity amid the pandemic

Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday, August 22, commended various groups and individuals who continue to help their fellowmen as the country continues to grapple with COVID-19.

Vice President Leni Robredo (FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo, in her personal Facebook page, gave credit to the efforts of two groups who donated lap tables or lap desks and reusable face masks. These will be distributed to the beneficiaries under programs run by the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

“The wellspring of Filipino generosity is truly rich during this pandemic,” Robredo said as she thanked two groups for their recent donations. On August 21, she shared that “we received two batches of donations from inspiring groups who have been doing their own donation drives.”

The first set of donations, Robredo said, were lap tables from the group of Alex and Yvette Yao who were able to get about a thousand pledges already. 

“These lap tables will be very useful for students living in very small spaces which could not accommodate study tables for them,” Robredo explained. “They come in different colors and are ideal for studying and working,” she added.

The donated lap study tables were turned over to the OVP’s “Bayanihan E-Skwela” initiative with “Kaya Natin” Movement. 

In June, the OVP also started seeking gadget donations such as smartphones and computers for students and teachers to help them adjust to distance/blended learning this upcoming school year. 

Last week, Robredo’s office also launched “Bayanihan E-skwela” which is her latest initiative on education. The project features a series of instructional videos shown on YouTube and Facebook to help parents, students, and teachers students cope as the country’s education system shifts into remote or distance learning.

Robredo said that the second set of donations consisted of 20,000 reusable cloth masks turned over by Team Pilipinas through  the group of Ronald and Yen Cabalu. 

“What is interesting is that through their donation drive #MASKampante Challenge, they are not only able to provide masks but also give livelihood to poor communities,” Robredo explained.

The masks that were turned over, Robredo shared, were sewn by tricycle drivers in Tanay and wives of jeepney drivers from Markina. 

“They said there are more masks coming,” she added.