DAGUPAN CITY – Vice President Leonor ‘Leni’ Gerona Robredo launched her Angat Buhay Program which advocates the delivery of adequate and effective anti-poverty programs to families and communities in partnership with national government agencies, private corporations and non-government organizations in her visit to Dagupan City on November 12.
Robredo was welcomed by Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and the host barangays of Carael and Calmay led by Punong Barangays Luzviminda Velasquez and Evangelita dela Cruz, respectively, along with children and senior citizens of the city and the Carael Elementary School and National High School Teaching Forces.
Angat Buhay is VP Robredo's flagship program and Dagupan was among the 50 cities and municipalities in the whole country chosen as pilot areas for the program.
A total of 17 private companies pledged support to the anti-poverty programs outlined by Fernandez for the city and three of which were launched during Robredo’s visit.
The three anti-poverty programs launched were the feeding program of Day Care Children who are malnourished sponsored by the Innerwheel Club of the Philippines, donation of storybooks to the Day Care Centers of the city sponsored by the Canvass Philippines and the wellness program for the senior citizens of the city sponsored by the Seaoil Foundation.
Robredo lauded the effort exerted by Mayor Belen in securing pledges from private companies in support of her anti-poverty programs when the latter attended the Angat Buhay convention in Manila recently.
“Ang totoo po niyan, sa sipag at pagpupursigi ni Mayor Belen, ang Dagupan ay mapalad na napili bilang isa sa mga pilot areas ng Angat Buhay program bagama’t alam natin na hindi naman gaanong hirap ang Dagupan,” said Robredo.
The wellness program will benefit at least 13,000 senior citizens in the city which will center on improving their health especially those already in their wheelchairs.
“We are truly grateful for these blessings and we do hope that these will make a difference in the lives of our people especially those who are in the so-called laylayan,” said Fernandez as she thanked the Vice President and the 17 private companies who pledged support to her anti-poverty programs. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 12, 2016)