Bayanihan E-Konsulta to be modified to fit communities: Robredo

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Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo gestures as she speaks to the members of the media, at her home in Magarao, Camarines Sur, Philippines, May 10, 2022. Robredo is mapping out plans to modify the Bayanihan E-Konsulta, a COVID-19 teleconsultation service launched by the Vice President's Office, to fit communities even without COVID. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo gestures as she speaks to the members of the media, at her home in Magarao, Camarines Sur, Philippines, May 10, 2022. Robredo is mapping out plans to modify the Bayanihan E-Konsulta, a COVID-19 teleconsultation service launched by the Vice President's Office, to fit communities even without COVID. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Outgoing vice-president Leni Robredo plans to modify the Bayanihan E-Konsulta, a COVID-19 teleconsultation service launched by Robredo’s office, to fit communities even without COVID.

In a town hall meeting and thanksgiving event for members and volunteers of tha Bayanihan E-Konsulta on Monday (June 13), Robredo said that she hopes to develop another telemedicine platform for her planned non-government volunteer organization.

The vice-president has earlier announced that she will continue helping communities through the proposed “Angat Buhay NGO” after her term ends on June 30.

“And I can only hope na moving forward, baka puwede pa tayong mag-develop ng something like Bayanihan E-Konsulta. In our localities, baka puwede nating i-tweak na mas bagay siya moving forward na kahit wala nang COVID puwede nating gawin,” Robredo said.

(And I can only hope that moving forward, maybe we can develop something like Bayanihan E-Konsulta. In our localities, maybe we can tweak it so we can use it even when there’s no COVID moving forward.)

Robredo added that the meeting was the most opportune time to float the idea to members and volunteers of the project.

Ang sabi ko kay USec. Boyet (Philip Dy), ayaw kong manggaling ito sa akin kasi baka asking too much na ako sa inyo. Pero I think this is the most opportune time just to float the idea na ang Angat Buhay ay nandiyan pa rin. Kami ay nandito pa rin,” she added.

(I told Undersecretary Boyet, I don’t want to say this because I may be asking too much from you. But I think this is the most opportune time just to float the idea that the Angat Buhay would still be there. We are still here.)

However, the new version of the teleconsultation platform may be significantly smaller as the Angat Buhay NGO would only rely on volunteers than government workers.

The outgoing vice-president stressed that the success of the program shows how much volunteerism can achieve even in small spaces.

Pero ‘di ba, gusto nating ipakita na with the limited space given to us, kaya natin ma-maximize ‘yung space na ‘yun And tayo ‘yung maging modelo para ipakita sa tao na basta nagkakaisa tayo sa isang bagay na makabuluhan, marami tayong good na magagawa sa community,” she added.

(But we want to show that even with the limited space given to us, we can maximize that space. We can be models to show to the people that as long as we are united for a good cause, we can be of help to the community.)

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has earlier announced that it is stopping the operations of Bayanihan E-Konsulta to give way to transition talks with the incoming VP Sara Duterte.

The Bayanihan E-Konsulta was able to assist over 58,000 COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. It reportedly helped manage hospital congestion during several infection surges in the country.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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