Robredo debuts Angat Buhay NGO in two-day fest

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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. 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. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Carrying on despite her defeat in the recent presidential race, former Vice President Leni Robredo has launched the Angat Buhay Foundation in a two-day street and art festival on July 1 and 2 in Quezon City.

The non-governmental organization will continue her “Angat Buhay” program launched during her six-year stint as the Vice President of the Philippines.

Artworks and memorabilia, which consist mostly of paintings, gifted by supporters during the 2022 presidential campaigns will be sold in exchange for any donation of any amount to fund the cause.

However, she expressed hope that the paintings “would go to the people who will give importance to them.”

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According to Robredo, around 200,000 supporters tried to register in the event but only 6,000 were given slots as the form filled up within minutes.

Angat Buhay advocacies

The former VP said that the corporate name of her NGO is now Angat Pinas Inc. as an older NGO has already registered as Angat Buhay. However, its program will still be called Angat Buhay.

Robredo said that the program will have four key areas:

  • Angat Kalusugan, a nutrition and food security program

  • Angat Edukasyon which will continue building classrooms and dorms including 129 community learning hubs

  • Disaster relief and rehabilitation which will receive donations for relief operations

  • Community engagement which aims to gather and organize volunteers

Marami pa tayon gagawin moving forward, pero gusto kasi natin yung grupo natin, sinasalamin nya yung kind of governance na gusto natin,” Robredo said.

[We still have a lot to do moving forward, but what we want is for our group to mirror the kind of governance we want.]

The NGO head also announced that donors can donate through the Angat Buhay app.

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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