Former Vice President Leni Robredo’s Angat Buhay Foundation is reaching out to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo for possible collaboration with the government on their projects, said the non-government organization’s executive director, Raphael Martin Magno.
In a TV interview on July 6 (Wednesday), Magno said that they will initiate the talks with Tulfo on how Angat Buhay can help the department with their projects and initiatives.
“Personally from my end, hindi ko pa nakikita yung coordination between DSWD, specifically kay Secretary Tulfo. But we will reach out to him. Kami ‘yung makikipag-usap sa kanya so that we can work together,” Magno said.
(Personally from my end, I still can’t see how the coordination between DSWD, specifically with Secretary Tulfo. But we will reach out to him. We will talk with him so that we can work together.)
Previously, Tulfo has expressed willingness to work with Robredo’s Angat Buhay, saying that helping mustn't be tainted with any political colors.
“Ang pagtulong po kasi walang kulay, hindi ho red, hindi ho pink … Dapat colorless po ‘yan para wala kang nakikita di ho ba. Malaking tulong ho iyan, ‘yang Angat Buhay na ‘yan,” Tulfo said.
(Helping others doesn’t have any colors. It’s not red, not pink … It should be colorless. Angat Buhay will be a big help.)
Magno assured that, like their performance in the Office of the Vice President, any transactions, including allocation of funds which most likely would come from private donors, will be transparent.
“Kung transparent kami with our transactions sa Office of the Vice President, mas hihigitan pa natin especially ito na ang pinagkakatiwala ng taumbayan ang kanilang resources so that we can implement our projects in different communities in the Philippines,” Magno said.
(If we were transparent with our transactions in the Office of the Vice President, then now, we would be even more transparent since the people are entrusting their resources [to us] so that we can implement our projects in different communities in the Philippines.)
Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.
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