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    Programs for the poor under OVP launched in Lambunao, Iloilo

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

    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

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    VP Robredo calls for lifting of martial law declaration in Mindanao

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.

    However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.

    “Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.

    According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.

    She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.

    “Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.

    However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.

    Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.

    Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.

    “But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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    President Duterte still the most trusted government official — Pulse Asia survey

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, the approval and trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte is the highest among the top government officials.

    He got 80%  in both his approval and trust ratings.

    Vice President Leni Robredo obtained 57 % approval and 55% trust rating while Senate President Aquilino Pimentel has 55 % approval and 52% trust rating.

    House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have the lowest ratings.

    Malacañang said the public is confident with the leadership of the president though the survey was taken during the time when there was so much political noise.

    “Despite the multi-faceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today the survey conducted last September 24-30 at the height of the demolition job against the president even implicating some members of the president’s family,” said Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

    The official also said the Pulse Asia survey will be an inspiration for the Duterte administration to work harder in giving Filipinos a comfortable life and in resolving criminality and illegal drugs in the country.

    Malacañang said the public support for President Duterte is stronger than some sector’s disapproval of him.

    “For all its worth, there is an attempt to shake the foundations but apparently as the Pulse Asia rating has shown, there seems to be an enormous appreciation for the president not just from a particular isolated report,” said Abella. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue



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    Thousands of residents displaced by Marawi clash

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017


    For days now, there has been no end to people fleeing Marawi for safety. Many have gone to their relatives in Iligan City and nearby towns, but there are also a lot of families who have nowhere else to go to but evacuation centers.

    Based on the data of the provincial crisis management committee, the number of displaced families from Marawi has risen to 14,699 or equivalent to 69,853 individuals.

    The committee’s spokesperson, Zia Alonto Adiong said, “Basically all the barangays (villages) from the eastern side of the lake, meaning the Agus river, are considered to be a hundred percent under the control of our government forces, so the other half they’re trying to penetrate.”

    Local government officials distributed bags of rice, noodles and canned sardines to families taking shelter in evacuation centers.

    “We got really scared of the fighting because we might get caught in the crossfire. We are asking for help from the government for all the evacuees here. We really pity ourselves because all we have with us are our clothes,” said evacuee Bainor Sultan.

    Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo has earlier visited displaced families at evacuation centers in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City.

    The vice president also checked on wounded soldiers and cops currently seeking treatment in Iligan City.

    She said her office has allocated P2.7 million from its budget to help 5,000 families. Robredo is calling for more donations, saying the said amount is not enough to sustain the needs of the displaced families from Marawi City. — Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue


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