As she helps local farmers, other sectors in CamSur
VP Leni to critics: Leave politics out of this
NAGA CITY – Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated the need for the community to unite to help local farmers secure a more profitable and sustainable livelihood.
In a press conference on Friday, the Vice President spoke about the developments of her office’s project, Omasenso sa Kabuhayan, which was launched here on Thursday afternoon.
The initiative, under the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay program, brings together various stakeholders, including business establishments, farmer groups, and government agencies, to aid poor farmers in securing direct links to markets and learning new ways to meet the demands of establishments that have committed to buy their produce.
VP Leni urged more farmers to take part in the project, noting how difficult it is for unorganized farmers to avail of government support.
‘Leave politics out of this’
The Vice President also broke her silence over efforts to politicize her involvement in local projects, particularly the Calabanga Municipal Fish Port and the Calabanga Infirmary.
During the press conference, VP Leni was asked to comment on not being invited to the turnover of the Calabanga fish port last July 5 because it came as a surprise to locals considering that she initiated and implemented the project.
The event was witnessed by Usec. Marvel Clavecilla, Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs, and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chair Dante Jimenez.
The Vice President shrugged this off, saying it was no longer important whether she had been invited to the turnover of the project.
“Ang importante nadala iyong tulong na kinakailangan,” she said.
“Ang sa akin lang, pakiusap na, una sana, kung hindi naman makakatulong, huwag na lang pakialaman iyong mga tumutulong,” she added.
VP Leni slammed continuous attempts to find irregularities in the said projects, and to blame her for delays in their development.
“Aware ako na last year pa — hindi lang last year, 2016 pa — hinahanapan na ng diperensya ang lahat ng mga proyekto. Wala namang nahahanap na diperensya,” the Vice President said. “Ang pakiusap ko lang, basta kung sa serbisyo sa mga constituents, huwag nang pasukan ng pulitika.”
Responding to critics pinning the poor operations of the port on her, the Vice President said that the facility’s maintenance is the responsibility of port authorities and the local government. She noted that as a congresswoman, she worked to find funding for the port, which was inaugurated in 2015.
VP Leni was also asked to comment on the Provincial Government’s refusal to accept the delivery of equipment for the Calabanga Infirmary, which was donated by the Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) USA Foundation, through the OVP.
The Vice President said she hopes this will be addressed in the soonest time possible.
“Ang mga proyektong katulad nito, ang tao ang makikinabang. Itong ospital, sino naman ang makikinabang nito? Mga taga-Calabanga rin naman, hindi naman kami,” VP Leni said.
“Ang eleksyon, next year pa naman. Alam nila na sa dami kong dinala (projects) diyan, kahit pangalan ko, hindi nila makikita. Hindi naman ako after sa recognition.”