Presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo secured more endorsements, this time from former officials and employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who served in the previous and current administrations.
On Monday, Feb. 21, some 145 DSWD personnel led by former Social Welfare secretaries Judy Taguiwalo and Lina Laigo publicized their statement of support for Robredo and her running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.
They were joined by eight undersecretaries, five assistant secretaries, including many regional directors and program managers of the department, in what is seen as a boost to Robredo’s and Pangilinan’s campaign.
“Naniniwala kami na sina VP Leni at Sen. Kiko ang may pinakamalawak na karanasan sa social welfare and development o kagalingang panlipunan (We believe that VP Leni and Sen. Kiko have the most experience in social welfare and development),” they said.
In their statement, the former DSWD personnel cited Robredo’s flagship poverty alleviation program, Angat Buhay, which has helped thousands of Filipino families in times of calamities and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also noted the “important” laws passed by Pangilinan related to social work that include Administrative Adoption, Expanded Maternity Leave, Expanded Senior Citizens Act, Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, and Anti-Violence Against Women and
They also vouched for the integrity and clean track record of the two candidates.
“Mahalaga ang katapatan, kakayahan at kagalingan sa paglilingkod. Malinaw sa track record nina VP Leni at Sen. Kiko ang paninilbihan nila sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan (Honesty, ability, and excellence is important in public service. It is clear in the track record of VP Leni and Sen. Kiko that they’ve served those in the fringes of society),” their statement said.
“Naniniwala kami na palalakasin nila ang hanay ng mga (We believe they will strengthen the rank of) social workers at (and) development workers sa pamahalaan, aayusin ang kas(ig)uruhan sa trabaho, at isusulong ang (in government, they will ensure job security and will push for) transparency at participatory governance,” they added.
Several politicians and groups from all sectors have started coming out to voice support for Robredo, a known opposition figure.
The endorsements came from a group of more than 600 Catholic bishops and member of the clergy; five national artists; 137 economists, including several ex-NEDA chiefs; over 200 former officers and staff of various United Nations agencies; four ex-senators; 12 senior government officials; and women indigenous people leaders.