Leni Robredo: My legacy is turning OVP towards advocacy

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: Leni Robredo speaks to supporters during a thanksgiving rally at the Ateneo de Manila University on May 13, 2022 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: Leni Robredo speaks to supporters during a thanksgiving rally at the Ateneo de Manila University on May 13, 2022 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

Outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo said her legacy will be turning the Office of the Vice President (OVP) from a ceremonial one into an advocacy-driven agency, according to the Philippine Star.

Speaking to reporters at her office in the Quezon City Reception House on Wednesday (June 29), during her final press conference as Vice President, Robredo pointed to the flagship anti-poverty Angat Buhay program under the OVP.

“The core of our programs is to transform communities,” she said, adding that her goal as Vice President was to go beyond the usual medical assistance programs that her predecessor provided and engage with communities.

And while Robredo said more could have been done with more funding from the national government, this was a “blessing in disguise” as it pushed the OVP to be creative.

No regrets

The 57-year-old added that she has no regrets, stressing that she enjoyed her 18-day stint as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.

"Those were the best 18 days of our OVP life because we worked the hardest during that time as we knew I could be axed at any time. It was very satisfying in the sense that we knew that it was very difficult, but we still did what we had to do."

Robredo added that even knowing the outcome, she would have repeated her failed presidential bid. "Because for me, that is the happiest, most satisfying campaign I’ve been through in the many years I’ve been involved in political exercises."

Robredo added that she looks forward to watching more Korean dramas and reading books, but added that she will remain engaged with Angat Buhay.

Robredo left the Quezon City Reception House officially before noon Wednesday, her last day in office as Vice President.

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