Programs for the poor under OVP launched in Lambunao, Iloilo

admin   •   January 10, 2017   •   21577

Vice President Leni Robredo has visited poor residents of Lambunao in Iloilo City (Photo courtesy: Office of the Vice President).

Vice President Leni Robredo was in Lambunao , Iloilo City to launch pro-poor projects under her Angat Buhay Program.

One of which is the Champion Farmers Program wherein farmers will be placed under six-month training on mentoring and skills application to improve their skills.

The project aims to accommodate around 200 farmers.

“So, ‘yung gusto sana natin alisin yung middle men. Ikabit na ‘yung mga farmers sa mga malalaking korporasyon na bumibili,” the vice president said.

( So, what we want to remove are the middle men and hook up farmers directly with big corporations that will buy their products.)

Also launched in Lambunao was a feeding program for about 700 malnourished and stunted children in the area to improve their health condition within two months.

The project is in cooperation with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation.

A play garden is also provided which will serve as recreational and learning area for children in the community.

The town of Lambunao is among the 50 pilot municipalities chosen by the anti-poverty program of the Office of the Vice President.

The second batch of beneficiaries will be revealed in October.

“Naging malaking bahagi ng pagpili ‘yung pagka-progressive ng local chief executive. Kasi inisip namin na since ito ‘yung pilot, mahalaga na mag-succeed ‘yung partnerships ng LGUs saka private sectors,” VP Robredo said.

(The selection of a progressive local chief executive played a big part.  Because we were thinking that since this is the pilot, it is imperative that the partnership between LGU’s and private sectors should succeed.) — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

Office of the Vice President suspends operation after 4 staffers contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) confirmed that four members of its staff has contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Following the confirmation, the OVP immediately suspended operations and proceeded with testing all its personnel including Vice President Leni Robredo.

According to OVP Spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez, VP Robredo tested negative for COVID-19.

“The office has already started contact tracing procedures to identify all those who have interacted with the four staffers that tested positive,” Gutierrez said.

Atty. Gutierrez said office operations at the OVP will temporarily be suspended to make way for a full disinfection procedure.

OVP to provide free shuttle service for Cebu City frontliners

Maris Federez   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) will be providing free shuttle service for frontliners and healthcare workers in Cebu City, a statement released on Sunday (July 5) said.

The statement read that the OVP Free Shuttle Service for Cebu health workers and frontliners will start Monday, July 6, as part of #BayanihanSugbuanon — the Vice President’s COVID-19 Response Operations in Cebu.

“Our pilot run will have initial three routes, with two trips each for morning and afternoon. Kindly refer to the individual cards for the full schedule for AM, AM reverse, PM, and PM reverse trips,” the statement further read.

“We are grateful to our partners, UBE Express, Seaoil, and Genergex Petroleum, whose support made this initiative possible,” it added.

The schedules and routes may be subject to adjustments, based on the needs that will be seen during the pilot run.  

Meanwhile, the OVP and its partners will also start opening free dormitories for Cebu frontliners.

The first dormitory is located at Brgy. Banilad, Cebu City, near the North General Hospital. 

The statement said that the dorm is open for health workers, medical practitioners, and other frontliners involved in offering essential services amid the COVID-19 crisis on a first come, first served basis. —/mbmf

OVP purchases P14-M worth of COVID-19 test kits developed by UP scientists

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 24, 2020

The office of Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo has purchased P14 million worth of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits developed by the scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP).

In a statement, the OVP said the test kits will be delivered to hospitals certified as laboratories for COVID-19 testing. These include San Lazaro Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, V. Luna Hospital, and Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory.

The testing kits will help in conducting a total of 10,000 tests.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) previously said the UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) and Philippine Genome Center aim to increase test kit production as well as increase COVID-19 testing capacity per day.

“With the deployment of the test kits, UP-NIH will increase its capacity to run more tests per day, as each unit of the GENAMPLIFY™ COVID-19 test kit can run 25 tests at once and provide results within two hours,” the DOST said in the statement.

Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center Dr. Raul Destura said there is 8,000 to 10,000 tests produced daily and they aim to increase it by 16,000 tests per day by May 1. AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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