It was the time of the eldest daughter of Vice President Leni Robredo to take the spotlight as she participated in one of the “Kakampink Wednesday” activities held on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Jessica Marie, also known as Aika, attended the “lugaw” (rice porridge) feeding program in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa in Quezon City.
Robredo’s “kakampinks” or supporters have turned to bottom-up, volunteer-led movements through “LugawOne” in support of the lady official’s presidenial bid in 2022.
Hundreds of residents belonging to the Sandigan ng Maralitang Nagkakaisa (SAMANA) North Triangle Neighborhood Association Inc. received hot lugaw from Aika and other volunteers.
The idea is to cover as much ground as possible; that’s why Aika chose to attend one event while her mother goes to another.
The Vice President visited Virac, Catanduanes on Wednesday for her Vaccine Express initiative.
“Kaming tatlo naman sumusunod kung saan kami makakatulong, pero (The three of us do whatever we can to help, but) most of the time irerepresent namin siya sa mga imbitasyong hindi siya pwede (we represent her in the invitations she will not be able to attend),” Aika said, referring to her two siblings Tricia and Jillian.
The vice presidential daughter also held a dialogue with residents to discuss Robredo’s plan for the urban poor sector if she gets elected as president. Aika also listened to their other issues and needs.
The spearheading of the various public activities came after Robredo issued a challenge to her supporters on the occasion of Kakampink Wednesdays, a weekly initiative meant to raise awareness about her presidential bid.
Aika noted her mother’s extensive ground work in reaching out to the most marginalized sectors even before she entered politics.
“Sa tingin ko iyon ang crucial talaga. Hanggang hindi ka bumababa, hindi mo malalaman ang nangyayari on the ground (I think that is really crucial. Until you go to the ground, you will not know what’s happening on the ground),” she said.
In this regard, Aika believes her mother wields an advantage over her fellow 2022 presidential aspirants.
”Bago siya pumasok sa pulitika, matagal na siyang nagbababad sa ground. Sanay siyang makinig at sanay siyang makasama iyong mga katrabaho niya sa plano (Before she entered politics, she has been working on the ground for a long time. She is used to listening and working with others in fulfilling a plan),” she added.
Before she became a lawmaker, the elder Robredo provided free legal service to various sectors in Camarines Sur, including the urban poor, farmers, and fisherfolk.
As Vice President, she initiated a poverty alleviation program called “Angat Buhay”, which taps private organizations in bringing resources and aid to impoverished communities in far-flung areas nationwide.