Office of the VP’s anti-poverty program: 83,707 families helped in just one year

Image by VP Leni Robredo's Facebook post

“Angat Buhay”, the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) anti-poverty program reported on Thursday that it has helped more than 83,000 families nationwide during its first year.

Georgina Hernandez, Vice Presidential spokesperson and OVP Anti-Poverty Advocacy and Programs Unit head, presented the achievements which focused on 50 areas with the highest poverty incidence.

“Hindi namin inakala na itong Angat Buhay na nagsimula nung nakaraang taon ay nakatulong na sa 83,707 families nationwide,” Hernandez said. [We couldn’t believe that this ‘Angat Buhay’ that started only last year has already helped 83,707 families nationwide.]

She added that although the program’s budget was small, P145 million worth of projects were made into reality in partnership with different sectors.

The programs addressed malnutrition, rural development and education, among others.

Among the infrastructures built by the program are classrooms and libraries.

Other benefits provided by the program are teachers’ trainings, scholarships, medical and dental missions for senior citizens, and entrepreneurship programs.

Hernandez also said that Angat Buhay’s rural development program has supported 7,691 fisherfolk and farmers; providing them fishing boats and farming tools.

Vice President Leni Robredo has visited many of the projects all over the country.

The OVP is pushing for trainings for employment while coordinating with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other private training institutions.

[A] The #AngatBuhay – Partnerships Against Poverty Program is the Office of the Vice President's contribution to the continuing fight against poverty. It brings together the public and private sectors – organizations and individuals alike – through 6 key priority areas: Food Security & Nutrition, Universal Healthcare, Public Education, Rural Development, Women Empowerment, and Housing and Resettlement. Exactly one year after the program's launch, the OVP has garnered the support of over 250 partner organizations in helping 154 LGUs and communities gain access to better services and opportunities – most especially those in the smallest, farthest and poorest parts of the country.

Posted by VP Leni Robredo on Tuesday, October 10, 2017