The Alliance of Concerned Teachers is backing the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo in the May 9 elections.
ACT formally endorsed the candidacy of Robredo and that of her running mate, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, for their “exemplary track record” and concrete plans for the education sector.
“ACT Philippines… chooses to support the candidacy of Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo for president and of Sen. Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan for vice president, and work with Team Leni-Kiko in pushing forward a common agenda that will address the grave crisis that currently beset the Philippine education system,” it said.
The tandem, the group said, has the “most exemplary track record among all the presidential and vice presidential candidates in responding to the needs of the education sector.”
“While the pandemic ravaged the education sector, Team Lani-Kiko’s heart for education has shone. They also present the most substantive, concrete, and viable platform for education, as well as for tackling the current health and economic crisis and upholding peace, democracy, and human rights,” ACT said.
“For the Filipino children and youth and for the future of the nation, ACT Philippines places its support on the candidacy of Team Leni-Kiko and commits to helping in delivering the education sector vote for the victory of pro-education ca didates,” it added.
Meanwhile, Robredo vowed her administration will build a “vibrant team” with the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) sector should she win in the presidential elections.
“This team will not just untie all the knots, but also be able to plan policies that will boost the industry even more with the realization that the BPO industry will propel our economy to greater heights,” she said in an online discussion with IT-BPO leaders and employees.
The event was organized by the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), the flagship organization of the IT-BPM industry, as part of a series of industry round table discussions with the presidential candidates.
Robredo underscored the industry’s contributions to the economy, despite the challenges it faces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, government regulations, and competition from other outsourcing centers like India.
She noted that the industry’s growth despite the pandemic showed that “this is one of the most resilient” industries and has immensely contributed to the country’s economy.