Vice President Leni Robredo
MANILA, Philippines — After President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 26), Vice President Leni Robredo, delivered her own report dubbed as “Ulat ni VP Leni.”
“Tapos na ang SONA ng Pangulo. Nakarinig tayo ng talaan ng mga numero at mga proyekto. Sa kabila nito, may inasahan sana tayong madiinan na hindi nadiinan,” Robredo said in live broadcast on her Facebook account on Tuesday (July 27).
“Ang totoo: Pilipino ang tumulong sa kapwa Pilipino; Pilipino ang sumalo sa kapwa Pilipino; nakaraos lang tayo sa nakaraang isa’t kalahating taon dahil sa lakas na ibinigay natin sa isa’t isa. Humaharap po ako sa inyo ngayon para idiin: Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo,” the vice president said implying that the administration could not get any credit for what the Filipino people have achieved.
Robredo enumerated the accomplishments of her office such as the OVP’s online donation drive for the needs of the frontliners such as PPE’s, shuttle services and temporary shelters; the establishment of Bayanihan e-Skwela which involved volunteer tutors in Community Learning Hubs in cooperation with the local government units; the launch of sikap.ph, a jobs-matching platform for blue collar workers, and iskaparate.com, which brought small businesses online – among others.
She commended the efforts of those who have been willing to assist in their programs for the people.
“The OVP does not have a large budget; unlike other agencies, we don’t have an expansive political machinery. Our budget is trust; our machinery, a people willing to give of themselves. Can you imagine what more we could have accomplished if everything, including decisions and policies of the government, was oriented towards this same bayanihan spirit?” she said.
Robredo said they are in constant consultation with experts who provided a number of recommendations which she claimed “things implementable only by the national government, and that we ask to be acted upon as soon as possible.”
Among these recommendations include:
A faster and integrated system for testing, tracing, and treatment, primarily a solid database.
Direct delivery of vaccines to our people and their communities.
Reviewing revenues from the Sin Tax, for allocation towards pandemic needs.
Paying off PhilHealth’s debts to hospitals to ensure their continued operations. Properly and sufficiently enforcing Universal Healthcare.
Passing Bayanihan 3, and ensuring the funds from this law are used so that no one starves or loses their home.
Lending to small businesses.
Offering aid to those who lost their jobs, and giving them extensive retraining opportunities to help them keep up with the evolving landscape of industries.
Allocating more funds towards raising the quality of education.
Robredo said details of the above policy recommendations will be posted on her Facebook page.
“Pero bukod sa paglalatag ng mga polisiya, alam din nating may isa pang napakahalagang tungkulin ang gobyerno: Ang itutok tayo sa iisang direksyon; ang ipaalala sa atin na anuman ang mga di-pagkakasundo, iisang bayan tayo. Tungkulin ng gobyerno, lalo na sa panahon ng krisis, na magpunla ng pagkakaisa,” the vice president said.
“Kaya nga patuloy ang pagdidiin natin: Walang ibang dapat tutukan sa mga panahong ito kundi ang pandemya at ang kanyang mga epekto. All hands on deck, laser like focus ang kailangan. Ito dapat ang isalamin ng budget, ng agenda ng bawat meeting ng pamahalaan, ng bawat memo na ibababa sa buong burukrasya,” she said.