ROXAS CITY — Vice President Leni Robredo visited the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz this week for a series of activities, including Angat Buhay interventions aimed at addressing key challenges in poor communities there.
On Wednesday (October 30), VP Leni led the turnover of a P5.98-million financial assistance from her office to the municipal government of Panitan in Capiz, to help improve the livelihood of farmers there.
The assistance is meant to help in the mechanization program of the Panitan Integrated Farmers Federation, which is composed of 1,877 farmers across town, many of whom come from poor families. Through this, the federation will purchase equipment that its members can use, including a tractor, a rice harvester, and a rice trans-planter.
Later that day, VP Leni spent time with patients who benefited from a three-day surgical mission conducted by her office’s Angat Buhay partner, the World Surgical Foundation (WSF), at the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in Roxas City.
The WSF conducted more than a hundred surgeries during the mission, including major and minor operations that addressed conditions like gall stones, hernias, thyroid, cleft lip and palate, among others—procedures that some of the patients have waited years to have due to lack of resources. The OVP turned over medicines for the patients, while other Angat Buhay partners also helped in making the event possible.
VP Leni then visited a fishing community in Barangay Baybay, Roxas City, where she was able to hear the concerns of the fishermen, in a bid to determine how her office can assist them.
VP Leni also went to Iloilo last Tuesday (October 29), where she took part in the launch of the 10 Million Mingo Meals feeding program in the municipalities of Badiangan and Concepcion. The program aims to help the towns in their fight against malnutrition among children, through a six-month supplementary feeding program that will benefit a total of 470 kids who were identified as stunted, wasted, or underweight.
During the two-day visit, the Vice President also met the representatives of various sectoral groups in Capiz and Iloilo, who took part in the planning session for her office’s Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon (ALK) program. ALK is an initiative that strives to empower basic sectors by giving them a platform to present their concerns, in an aim to help government address these better.
Warmly received by Ilonggos and Capiznons as she went around these towns, VP Leni also took this trip as an opportunity to express her gratitude to the people of Iloilo and Capiz, where she topped the vice-presidential race in 2016.