Former Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday officially launched a movement geared at helping poor Filipinos experience a better quality of life.
Dubbed Angat Pinas, Inc., Robredo said that the movement, was her first action as a private citizen.
Angat Pinas Inc. was also described as a non-government organization, would hit the ground running to provide anti-poverty programs.
Robredo explained that the corporate name of the entity was Angat Pinas, Inc. because the Angat Buhay was already taken.
“It (Angat Pinas Inc.) was the one approved for our registration because there is already an Angat Buhay [entity] which last activity is 2003,” she said.
“The approval of our corporate existence is already out so we can start our work. Our programs, however, we will still be called Angat Buhay,” she added.
She said the Angat Buhay programs will focus on three main areas: health, education, and disaster response, to address the country’s most urgent problems.
“We are saddled with stunting, at pag ganoon, maaga napag-iiwanan ang mga bata. We will also continue community learning hubs, because we have learners already in Grade 5 and 6 but are still non-readers. We would need volunteer tutors for that,” Robredo said.
Proceeds from the sale of over 900 artworks given to Robredo by supporters during the 2022 presidential campaign will fund the Angat Buhay programs.
Supporters can donate via the Angat Buhay app any amount ranging from P1,000 to P20,000.
Robredo she decided to pursue her Angat Buhay visions because of the spirit of volunteerism manifested by her people during der presidential campaign.
“We cannot allow our efforts to go to waste. We expect to improve and be more excellent at it,” she said.
“The challenge is, how do we encourage the groups to be involved in the community. It does not depend on us alone. It is up to all of us to show that we are not a failure. We succeeded because we sparked the spirit of volunteerism,” she added.
Robredo will sit as one of Angat Pinas, Inc. board members while the corporation will be led by executive director Raffy Magno.