Leni Robredo: “Ilulunsad natin ang Angat Buhay NGO.”
LENI ROBREDO — On Friday, the outgoing Vice President announced the launch date of “Angat Buhay” non-government organization.
The wave of volunteerism born from Robredo’s campaign will soon have a channel beyond the May 2022 elections.
During her thanksgiving speech on Friday, Robredo announced that the “Angat Buhay” program of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) will be turned into a non-government organization.
According to her, the OVP’s program will be used as its template, having launched programs across the Philippines despite limited funding.
During her campaign runs in different towns and provinces, Robredo highlights programs of the “Angat Buhay” Program as part of her “resibo”, a track record of public services implemented, not to woo voters but to prove accomplishments beyond her job description as vice president for 6 years.
The Vice President said that people’s councils formed in towns and cities she held rallies in have proven what can be achieved through volunteers’ collective efforts. She also urged volunteers and supporters to join her.
“Bubuuin natin ang pinakamalawak na volunteer network sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa. Sa unang araw ng Hulyo, ilulunsad natin ang Angat Buhay NGO,” Robredo said. “Hindi dapat pumanaw ang diwa ng ating kampanya. Ang pinaka-layunin ng gobyernong tapat ay ang pag-angat ng buhay ng lahat.”
Despite the end of the campaign with her impending loss to presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., for “kakampinks” (Robredo’s supporters), the “pink revolution” had only just begun.
However, Robredo said that the continued movement should be more inclusive, emphasizing the messaging her campaign shifted towards in May, when its pink and green integrated the colors of the Philippine flag.
Robredo’s thanksgiving at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in Quezon City attracted thousands of supporters, in what may be a final show of strength after the outgoing Vice President directed their energies to more productive avenues.